Weather-wise, when it is at its driest and less humid, the months from January through to June is the best time to go to Grenada. Temperatures during the summer months do get higher but still very bearable. The best month to visit would be May as the weather is warm, dry and has plenty of sunshine throughout the day. Prices tend to be less expensive too.
Hurricane season then begins around August through to October. Prices for hotels, resorts and villas tend to drop at this time of the year due to the demand simply not being there so you may be able to pick up a bargain.
Grenada is a lesser developed island compared to Barbados or Jamaica with no high-rise buildings, but don’t let this put you off in visiting. This island has some of the Caribbean’s best beaches with plenty of things to do and see. Tourism here isn’t as big as some other Caribbean islands but this must be seen as an opportunity as it is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a couple looking to enjoy their honeymoon here.
Capital City: St. George’s
Currency used in Grenada: The Eastern Caribbean Dollar although most places will accept the US Dollar. To get more for your money, it is best to exchange to the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.
Airports in Grenada: Maurice Bishop International Airport | Lauriston Airport
Visa & Entry Requirements: Must have both a valid passport and return ticket. Most countries don’t require a Visa. You can check out any further requirements here.
Average temperature in Grenada: From May through to November are the hottest months with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) and coolest in January at 25°C (77°F).
Grenada is a Caribbean island with untouched natural beauty from the trademark white sands and dazzling turquoise waters to the lush rainforest covered interior. Often referred to as ‘The Spice Isle’ due to the production of the nutmeg spice which can be smelt around the island.
Grenada is a place of relaxation and tranquillity with a laid back vibe, so let yourself bathe in the sun during your Grenada getaway and enjoy everything it has to offer.
What to do in Grenada
Culture & Festivities
The heritage of the people of Grenada date back to when their ancestors were brought to the island as slaves by European planters who were looking to cultivate the land and make them tend to the plantations. Over centuries, Grenada has been traded back and forth between England and France. From this, the culture of Grenada developed and flourished. Today you can now see a diverse population that celebrate many traditions throughout the year.
Grenada actually hold two festivals when celebrating the Carnival. The first is held on Carricou in February whilst the other is held on Grenada around July or August. These festivals are vibrant with life, dancing, costumed parades, music and plenty of colour. Experience the true soul and spirit of the region during your Grenada getaway.
Grenada Spicemas Festival
Celebrated on the second Monday and Tuesday of August of each year, Grenada comes alive with parties held all over the island. The streets are filled with revelers waving fluorescent wands, dancing to the thump of steel drums. Competitions are held for the best steel pan bands along with winners being named king and queen of the greatest costumed masqueraders. Into the night, you will see the streets of St. George’s fill with people for J’ouvert, this is when the carnival really begins. People dress up in satirical costumes and aim to portray the beloved character of diable (the devil). This is meant as a mockery of the evils West Indians faced during the days of colonization. Get involved and immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere that can be felt during the Spicemas Festival.
Annual Grenada Sailing Festival
This festival welcomes sailing captains and crews from all over the world. It is a four-day festival commencing at the end of January that features international yacht racing from Grenada’s south coast. Here you will see hundreds if yachts take to the sea, racing for that first place, make sure this is an event you include on your itinerary.
Grenada Chocolate Festival
Grenada has been, and still is to this day a massive producer of cocoa. Here, this festival celebrates the island’s organic, locally produced chocolate. You will be able to learn and discover how Grenada’s chocolate artisan’s craft their famous ‘tree to bar’ products, visit cocoa farms nestled in the lush rainforest and indulge in some chocolate inspired cuisine. This is definitely an event for any chocolate lover out there.
Best Beaches in Grenada
Grenada has some of the most beautiful and exotic beaches in the whole of the Caribbean. What makes these beaches even more spectacular is that with tourism not as strong here compared to other Caribbean islands, these beaches tend to be more quiet allowing you to have a better time relaxing in the sun with your family or taking a romantic walk together with a loved one.
Grand Anse Beach
Undeniably Grenada’s most famous and popular beach and with good reason. Grand Anse is a beautiful long curved beach with white sands and magnificent warm waters. It is shaded from the sun by sea grapes, palm and almond trees that give it the perfect place to relax and take in the sensational views around you. It is around a 13-minute drive from St. George’s.
Here, the water is usually calm and perfect for a dip or swim. There are water sports outlets on the beach where you can try your hand at snorkeling, parasailing or banana boating.
There are a few places to grab a bite to eat with Umbrella’s Beach Bar next to the Coyaba Beach Resort, about half-way up the beach. It has a sophisticated set up that serves good food with indoor and outdoor seating. Towards the north end of the beach, you will see Coconut Beach. This serves some beautiful food and drink and also has indoor and outdoor seating.
Morne Rouge Beach
Located the next bay over to the west of Grand Anse Beach. Morne Rough Beach is a horseshoe – shaped bay with amazing white sand arcs leading into dazzling aqua coloured waters with a background of palm and almond trees to shade from the sunlight. This beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling or even relaxing on a float as it is so sheltered from the rough seas further out.
There are 2 places where can eat and drink, Sur La Mer and Kalinago hotel’s poolside bar which are both located towards the north end of the beach.
This idyllic beach can be found if you take the road leading to La Sagesse Nature Centre. Here you will see a long crescent of golden sand with a backdrop of swaying palm trees. Take a stroll along the beach, have a dip or simply lay back and chill on a sun lounger. You can also rent kayaks from La Sagesse Hotel, take to the waters and venture around this beautiful cove.
The hotel also serves simple food and drink but it’s very tasty and inexpensive.
Situated just a 5-minute walk away from Maurice Bishop International Airport, Magazine Beach is a beautiful 500 yard stretch of golden sand. It a much wilder looking beach compared to Grand Anse and Morne Rouge and because of this, it makes it a much quieter beach to visit. It can get busy though on a Sunday when the Aquarium Restaurant has a popular barbecue.
Here you can swim or snorkel but just be wary as the beach isn’t as sheltered as other beaches, there sometimes can be a bit of a swell but is mostly safe. You can rent beach loungers, snorkeling equipment or kayaks from the Aquarium.
When at this beach, you must try eating at the Aquarium Restaurant. It is situated at the western end of the beach within the cliff face and serves delightful food such as seafood salads, locally caught fish or a range of sandwiches. During the day it is informal but going for dinner here at night is a must.
This beach is located at the North-east corner of Grenada, which is actually part of the Levera National Park. This is a beach for exploring and seeing all the nature that Grenada has to offer from turtles nesting their eggs and frigate birds flying over the rough waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Bathway beach has a natural pool protected by an in-shore reef. It is safe for swimming although do not venture out past the reef as the waters are very dangerous.
You can grab a bite to eat at Aggie’s. The food here is inexpensive and very tasty serving mostly seafood dishes.
Where to stay and relax in luxury
With unspoiled beauty from swaying coconut palm trees, beautiful turquoise waters and dazzling white sandy beaches, the ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada is a perfect Caribbean dream escape. Many hotels and resorts offer an all-inclusive option, meaning you have a choice of activities from water sports to entertainment, excellent facilities at your door and with some having secluded beaches without you ever having to worry about any additional costs.
Here, during your getaway you will be able to indulge in the following luxuries:
- Romantic Tranquility Soaking tubs on patios and balconies
- Access to 4 villages: Pink Gin, South Seas, Lover’s Hideaway & Italina Village
- Magnificent Skypool suites
- Butler Service in top-tier suites
- Unlimited fine dining at 10 restaurants
- 6 full service bars
- State of the art fitness centre & Spa
- 5 pools and 2 whirlpools
- Complimentary Scuba diving
- Unlimited land and water sports
- Romantic Fire Pits
- Transfers non-stop to and from the airport
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These homes comfortably sleep between 2 to 10 people, depending on the home chosen of course. They are either located right next to or a short walking distance away from a secluded beach with the most incredible views.
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Where to dine
Whilst on your Grenada getaway, your dining experience should reflect the luxurious, beautiful surroundings of this island. Here, you can sample some of the greatest cuisines from all around the world such as Mediterranean, Italian, French and European.
- Rhodes Restaurant at Calabash (located in the Calabash Hotel, St. George’s) (Caribbean, Seafood, Contemporary)
- Laluna (located at Morne Rouge, St. George’s) (Italian, Caribbean, Seafood)
- The Beach House Restaurant (located at Portici Bay, Grand Anse) (Caribbean, Seafood, European)
- La Belle Creole Restaurant & Bar (located at Grand Anse) (Caribbean)
- Bogles Round House (located in the North West around L’Appelle) (Seafood, International, Caribbean)
- Butch’s Chophouse (located at Pink Gin Beach, St. George’s) (Steakhouse, American, Grill)
- The Cave at Mount Hartman Bay Estate (located at Reef View Drive, Lance-Aux-Epines) (Caribbean, International)
- Oliver’s at Spice Island Beach Resort (located at St. George’s) (Caribbean)
- Arawakabana (located at Grand Anse Beach) (Caribbean, International)
Grenada has been a fought over territory between the Caribs, English and French during the 15th to the 18th centuries. The French first took control of the island from the Caribs in 1674 and it flourished for the next 80 years with around 100 sugar mills and 12,000 slaves cultivating the plantations.
Britain took over control of Grenada in 1763 under the Treaty of Paris. Britain introduced further cultivation of many other materials and foods such as cotton, cacao and nutmeg.
When emancipation was ruled out over the British colonies in 1833, the majority of freed slaves stayed on Grenada and made it their home. As a result of this, the overall population of Grenada today is from African descent and their beliefs and religions have shaped the culture of the island.
Grenada finally achieved independence in 1974 which is celebrated to this day.
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