Are you dreaming about sun-soaked skies, white sand beaches, wild green landscapes and the odd rum punch (or three)?
Grenada delivers on all counts and offers so much more besides.
So, we thought we’d take a look at the top 10 reasons this is a superlative choice for your next Caribbean holiday.
The reasons to visit Grenada include:
- Friendly locals
- Spice Island
- Luxury boutique accommodation
- Diving opportunities
1. Authentic Island Life
One great reason to visit Grenada is the ability to not be overwhelmed by other tourists and visitors. Although larger and more visited than some of the very small islands in the neighbouring Grenadines, Grenada isn’t widely considered one of the main Caribbean ‘gateway’ islands from the UK.
This means it’s easy to get to but never overcrowded or overwhelmed with visitors. The laidback atmosphere and relaxed demeanour is complemented by friendly locals, who offer a very personal feeling to every visit here.
2. A Warm Welcome
St George, the island’s capital, looks like a sleepy, peaceful place from a distance; in fact, it looks like it’s been copied straight from a Caribbean postcard, with pastel-coloured houses and a glinting harbour.
Get closer, though, and you’ll find that it’s bursting with life, and you’ll pick up the energy of the locals who live and work there – not to mention some of the best and freshest food on the island, served by knowledgeable locals.
Travelling around the island, it seems as though everyone you encounter welcomes you with an easy smile and can’t wait to show you ‘their’ Grenada.
3. Spice island
Grenada is known around the world as the ‘Spice Island’, thanks to its wealth of spices and herbs. Although most famous for its production of nutmeg, the island is bursting with an array of spices, including cinnamon, cloves, turmeric and saffron.
It’s definitely worth picking up a few different spices as souvenirs – the chance to bring a little Caribbean flavour to your cooking back home!
4. Beyond the Lobby
In Grenada, you’ll find a selection of superlative places to stay that offer plush beds, friendly staff, outstanding facilities and much more besides. The island is proud of its owner-run boutique luxury hotels Spice Island Beach Resort and Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, which are longstanding favourites with Inspiring Travel Company clients for their elegance and style.
For something a little different, the new Cinnamon Suites at Mount Cinnamon boast some of the island’s most jaw-dropping views, while Laluna’s bohemian and rustic charm is the perfect spot for relaxing. Authentically Caribbean, Coyaba Beach Resort offers fantastic value for money, with an enviable position on Grand Anse Beach.
5. Perfect Beaches
Grenada beaches are some of the best in the world. Grand Anse Beach is deservedly world-renowned; two miles of pristine white sand border turquoise waters for an impossibly ‘Caribbean’ scene. There is a variety of other beaches on the island, each offering its own benefits; you’ll find your perfect stretch of sand whether you’re after a watersports hotspot or a tranquil spot to soak up the rays.
We particularly love Calabash’s location on the picturesque Lance Aux Epines Beach, and it’s the ideal spot for snapping some holiday photos with its boats bobbing in the natural harbour.
For romantics, we recommend the hidden gem that is La Sagesse Beach, just a 30-minute taxi ride from Grand Anse.
6. Natural Beauty, With a Side of Adventure
Although Grenada is only around the same size as the Isle of Wight, there’s plenty of amazing landscapes to explore here.
As well as the classic Caribbean beaches, you’ll also find lush rainforest paths to explore – wander through bright foliage, thick bamboo and leafy mahogany. Other spectacular views include Grand Etang Lake, rolling mountains, cascading waterfalls and spectacular gardens (whose owners are part of the teams who won 14 Gold Medals at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show).
So, whether you wish to simply enjoy a scenic trek to the falls, swim in the water or explore the rich local flora and fauna, we recommend you keep your camera handy!
7. Submarine Surprises
The diving and snorkelling opportunities in Grenada’s waters are truly not to be missed.
The world’s first underwater sculpture park can be found here and is a unique sight that must be seen to be believed. Below the surface is a series of statues – many of them cast from local Grenadians – that stand, sit, kneel or lie amongst the fish and underwater plants. Over time, these sculptures have taken on new life forms, as marine life grows on and around them.
There are over 30 dive sites here, with something for all experience levels.
8. Dining Delights
Foodies will be in their element here. While it’s well worth getting out and sampling authentic local cuisine, you’ll also find a collection of premium eateries in our hotels. Mount Cinnamon’s beach bar and restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a chilled-out lunch with your toes buried in the sand of Grand Anse Beach. The fine dining each night at Spice Island is also well worth a try, while Calabash’s exceptional Relais & Châteaux cuisine at Rhodes Restaurant, by Gary Rhodes, is truly delicious. Naturally, you’ll find ample uses of Grenada’s famous spices in your meals, but some other local delicacies worth tasting include sweet potato pudding and Oil Down, the national one-pot dish.
9. A Tipple or Two
Grenada’s rum is perhaps less well-known than that produced by some of its sister Caribbean islands, but it is just as delicious!
One of the unique things to do in Grenada is visiting the River Antoine Distillery which to this day still uses traditional methods of production, starting with locally grown sugarcane and using a massive waterwheel (the oldest in the Caribbean in working condition). Be warned though, at the conclusion of your tour you’ll have the chance to sample Rivers rum – which has an alcohol content of over 70%! In fact, it’s so potent it’s actually amongst the list of banned products for plane travel!
Another tipple well worth testing is AMAZ-IN, Grenada Distillers Limited’s chocolate cream liqueur (20% alcohol).
Even for the most casual of chocoholics, Grenada’s chocolate is delicious! It is usually vegan and has higher cocoa levels and lower sugar levels than some other chocolate, so we like to think of it as almost – but not quite – a health food! There are several working estates to visit where you can learn all about the process behind making the sweet treats – from the cocoa pods being taken from the trees right the way through to sampling some of the finished product – and of course buying some more to take home…
Our Travel Specialists are experts in bespoke holiday planning and can design a personalised Grenada holiday packing in as many of these experiences as you like. Get in touch with the team today for the first step on your Grenadian journey.