Located off the coast of Venezuela, the “Island of Spice” Grenada is a tropical land of sun, fun, and tasty food just waiting to be explored. There is so much to see and do on this island paradise it can be hard to know where to start, so we have put together a few suggestions so you can make the most of your visit to Grenada.
Seven Sister’s Falls
While the trek is somewhat arduous for the uninitiated hiker, the refreshing cool water and views at the trail’s end are worth the extra effort. There is a small entry charge to the falls ($5) and hiking boots are a must. Local trail guides can be found very easily, but most visitors do not find this necessary. It is advisable to wear waterproof shoes while swimming, as the pools are bordered by rocks and could be uncomfortable for bare feet. Other waterfalls you may enjoy are Royal Mount Carmel Waterfalls, Concord Falls, and Annandale Falls.
Grand Anse Beach
This south coast beach is incredibly scenic and it consistently makes lists of the world’s best beaches, so don’t miss out on Grand Anse on your trip to Grenada. Though it can be crowded at times, this beach offers an array of amenities and nearby restaurants to choose from. Sandy Island Beach on Carriacou Island is another popular choice for swimming, as are Bathways Beach and Levera Beach at Levera National Park.
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
There are plenty of places to go snorkeling in Grenada. Moliniere Bay, near St. George’s, features a unique group of underwater sculptures that were created by a local artist. Scuba diving is also offered at the site and is recommended for getting up close to the underwater statues. Should fish be more to your taste than artwork, ScubaTech Grenada organizes both scuba diving and snorkeling trips from the Calabash Hotel on L’Anse Aux Epines Beach.
If you get tired of water-related activities, you might want to amuse yourself by learning how chocolate is made. Belmont Estate features a hands-on, comprehensive tour that will leave chocolate lovers delighted. Tours cost $4, but visitors are permitted to walk around and observe the place for free. Those taking the tour will benefit from the knowledgeable guides and receive a bar of chocolate at the end of their visit.
Fort Fredrick and Fort George
For beautiful panoramic views of the island, the 1700s era Fort Fredrick is a destination not to be missed. Part of the fort currently functions as a weather station, but a small museum located on the premises is staffed with guides, who can answer any questions you might have.
Fort George is also quite scenic. However, this destination is not completely restored and is not recommended for those who are handicapped, as accessing some places would prove too difficult. The stairs are also quite steep. Visitors should be aware that this fort is still in use as home to the Royal Grenada Police Force, so some areas may be off-limits to visitors.
Local Botanical Gardens
Laura’s Herb and Spice Garden is located in Perdmontemps, near St. George’s, and provides visitors with an overview of the varieties of herbs and spices grown locally in Grenada. Inadequate signage may make the garden difficult to find, but once there, the extensive tours make up for these discrepancies. Laura’s Garden gift shop sells a variety of spices for guests to take home.
Another place that is also worth a visit is the Jessamine Eden Botanic Garden, which is also located near St. George’s. This garden includes over 60 acres of plant life and an assortment of honey bees. Staff members are quite well-versed in the ins and outs of beekeeping and are readily available to answer visitor’s questions.
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