When people think about vacationing in the Caribbean, most people travel to Antigua, Grand Cayman, St. Martin, or Barbados. But further southeast in the Caribbean Sea is a little rock called Grenada, which also happens to be the “island of spice” (known for being the world’s largest producer of spices). It is also going to be my home for the next 2 years (my significant other has been accepted to medical school there at SGU which is located in the capital of St. George’s). So with recognition of our upcoming move this fall, I decided to do some research and share some of what Grenada has to offer.
Grenada boasts a tropical climate with both a dry season (Jan-May) and a wet season (June-Dec). Separated into six parishes, let’s focus on the main parish also the capital- St. George’s. There are many beaches located along the coastline, most known are Grand Anse (considered as one of the finest beaches in the world), Morne Rouge Bay, and La Sagesse Bay. Other notable attractions include the Carenage harbor along the waterfront, Grand Etang National Park with hiking trails in a rainforest, Annandale Falls with waterfalls to dive into tropical cascades, scuba diving at the Underwater Sculpture Park in Moliniere Bay to view artistic life-size sculptures, and Dougaldson Spice Estate to tour and view how spices are produced and processed. And if that’s not enough to keep you busy, you can also island hop to nearby islands by ferry, partake in many outdoor sports (fishing, diving, snorkeling) or just relax on a white sand/black sand beach within the island’s perimeters.
Once I become a resident on the island, I will blog with more personal details regarding local spots and hidden gems in St. George’s. However, it is well known that Grand Anse is the place to be to lounge and sunbathe or hit the waves. Grand Anse is located within the capital of St. George’s. It’s the most popular tourist destination in Grenada. It’s moderate tropical climate is conducive to the production of the spices that the island are known for: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, vanilla and ginger. If you travel there in August, there’s an annual celebration called “Carnival” which commemorates the emancipation of slaves. Reminiscent of ‘mardi-gras’, parades flow through the streets while viewers can take in the extravagant costumes and calypso bands.
Stay: Calabash Hotel & Spa (rated by CNN & Tripadvisor as one of the top ten hotels in Grenada)
See: Go scuba diving at the Underwater Sculpture Park for amazing artistic views at the world’s first underwater gallery
Sip: Tour and taste fresh rum at Clarke’s Court which is the largest and most well known distillery in Grenada, located in Woodlands Valley in St. George’s
Savour: Try Roti (beef, chicken, or vegetables cooked in curry with potatoes)
Souvenir: Take home fresh spices from Market Square, located at Young Street in St. George’s (Best time to go: Saturdays)