The Best of Grenada Island – Grenada is hard to beat for a Caribbean vacation. It has gorgeous, soft-sand beaches and a mountainous and lush rain-forest covered interior. Its capital, St George’s, is a strong contender for the prettiest in the region. Grenada, or the Spice Island is far less developed for tourism than many of the other main Caribbean islands, such as Barbados or Jamaica. There are no resorts, no high-rise developments, and even the most popular beaches are usually quiet.
Grenada has a good selection of hotels suit all budgets, along with some great restaurants and fun nightspots. The southwest corner of the island holds most of the appealing places to stay, eat and drink, plus the finest beaches and St George’s.
Grenada offers lots to see and do. You can hike in the rain forest (a must), go sailing, go diving to see amazing reefs and wrecks, along with a unique underwater sculpture park! To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on the island of Grenada, visit here, or visit us on Pinterest.
Grenada Weather – Best Time to Visit Grenada
The high season are the winter months from, January to April. These are the best months to travel to Grenada, as it’s the driest and least humid then. The worst months are September and October, the peak of the hurricane season. Late summer thru early autumn is the wettest time of year, and the period when you’re most likely to be hit by storms.
Hotel rates are about a third higher mid-December to April than at other times of year. In the summer and autumn hotels often offer free nights if you stay for a week or longer. Taking weather and cost into consideration, May and June are the best times to travel to Grenada. The liveliest time to visit is early August, when the island parties during the Carnival.
Best Grenada Beaches
Magazine Beach is picture perfect. Palm trees, white sand and a rocky outcrop at both ends. In the middle of the beach is a shallow, rocky reef that acts as a wave barrier and creates a small sheltered pool inside. There is some nice snorkeling off this area too. No lifeguards on this beach so be aware of the shallow rock area when jumping into the water.
La Sagesse Beach
La Sagesse Beach feels like a hidden gem. It is tucked away into a tropical, green cove and has a very remote feel. While the sand is not clear white, like the western beaches, it is soft and offers some great palm tree shade. This is a quiet beach, that has a small, local crowd on the weekend. There are no lifeguards on the beach, though conditions are relatively calm.
Grand Anse Beach
This long strip of white sand is home to some of Grenada’s best hotels and beach bars. While it is the “main” beach and tourist hot spot, the beach is big enough and long enough that you can still have sections to yourself. This is the one of the most popular beaches near St. George’s Grenada, and it is the hub of Grenada’s beach life. This is the only beach in Grenada with lifeguards.
Morne Rouge Beach (BBC Beach)
For those who want the beautiful, white sand and clear waters of Grand Anse but don’t want the crowds, head to BBC. The beautiful bay is surrounded by cliffs and has some of the nicest, calm water in Grenada to float around in. t is a very safe beach to swim, with hardly any water moment and a gentle slope. Though there are no lifeguards.
One of the beaches in Grenada that you will truly feel relaxed and away from the tourist scene. The views out to the northern islands make this a special place to take in the views. You’ll meet friendly locals fishing off the beach and have a great, relaxed time under the palms.
Best Grenada Restaurants
La Belle Creole $31 – 60
Find contemporary and West Indian cuisines along with a view of St George at this romantic hillside restaurant. Try Grenadian caviar, green-banana soup, callaloo quiche, creole fish, baked chicken roulade, or shrimp in coconut/ginger sauce with homemade mango cheesecake for dessert. The cuisine, romantic setting, and wonderful service is impressive. Telephone: 473-444-4316 Web: La Belle Creole
La Sagesse Restaurant $11 – 30
This open-air seafood restaurant is on a secluded cove in a nature preserve. Linger over sandwiches, salads, or grilled lobster for lunch. Lambi (conch), smoked marlin, tuna steak, chicken piccata, filet mignon, and a daily vegetarian platter may be joined on the dinner menu by Chef Cecilia’s specials, such as flying fish or an upscale version of Grenada’s national dish, oildown. All fish is locally caught; all vegetables, fruit, and spices are grown on La Sagesse’s own organic farm in the rain forest. Telephone: 473-444-6458 Web: La Sagesse Restaurant
Aquarium Restaurant $11 – 30
As the name suggests, fresh seafood is the specialty here. Spend the day at adjacent Magazine Beach (you can rent kayaks or snorkeling gear) and then break for a cool drink or satisfying lunch—a salad, sandwich or burger, fresh fish, or pasta. The dinner menu always includes fresh fish, grilled lobster, and specialties such as callaloo cannelloni. On Sunday, there’s a beach barbecue with live reggae music. For more information call 473-444-1410, or visit them on the web at Aquarium Restaurant.
Lazy Turtle $11 – 30
On the waterfront at the edge of Tyrell Bay, Lazy Turtle has been a favorite eatery and watering hole for divers, yachting families, and vacationers for years. They boast “the best thin-crusted pizza in the Caribbean.” The 12-inch pizzas range from the usual—and simply delicious—toppings of tomato/cheese/oregano to the Lazy Turtle Special (artichoke/fresh tomato/onion/mushroom) or seafood more. In addition to pizzas, the menu offers a full range of pastas, salads, seafood, and chicken dishes. Desserts are all homemade. For more information call 473-443-8322, or visit them on the web at Lazy Turtle.
Olivers $31 – 60
The menu, which changes each evening, lets you choose from a pair of appetizers, a hot or cold soup, a salad or sorbet, and a half-dozen entrées—such as roasted rib of beef with rosemary roast potatoes and Shiraz reduction, nutmeg-glazed stuffed chicken breast with cassoulet of vegetables and Cajun gnocchi, or pan-fried snapper with bell pepper mash and pineapple and spring onion salsa—along with one “light” and a couple of vegetarian options. Desserts are made in-house, as are the ice creams and sorbets, and reflect local fruits, flavors, and spices. Telephone: 473-444-4258 Web: Olivers
Best Grenada Nightlife
This informal bar and restaurant is a lovely spot, on a canvas-covered deck protruding out over the waters of the bay. Happy hour runs from 5-6pm. There’s usually live music on Tuesdays (Grenadian Night) and Saturdays (Romantic Night), and Wednesday nights is lively, with a DJ and a crowd of locals and students from the nearby St George’s University. Telephone: 473-443-8783 Web: Dodgy Dock.
This is the liveliest nightspot in the south-west of Grenada. The multi-faceted place includes an outdoor area with a fast-food eatery (pizzas and burgers), a laid-back sports bar, and, on Fridays and Saturdays, an indoor nightclub with DJs and an admission charge (Friday is the big night). Telephone: 473-444-4662 Web: Bananas.
Prickly Bay Marina
The Prickly Bay Marina includes an open-air bar and pizza restaurant, both of which are popular with ex-pats, tourists and yachties. On Fridays – the liveliest night, often attracting hundreds of visitors – a decent live band performs on the outdoor stage from around 6.30pm, and there’s a DJ later. Telephone: 473-439-5265 Web: Prickly Bay Marina.
This friendly brew pub is a few-frills warehouse by the road down to L’Anse aux Epines beach. Behind the bar stand large silver vats where the West Indies Beer Company’s tasty real ales are brewed. On weekend nights, the place is heaving with students, some clearly the worse for wear after a beer or two too many. Sports events are shown on a big screen on the outdoor terrace. Web: The Brewery.
Gouyave Fish Friday
Every Friday evening, the fishing village of Gouyave, lays on a street party aimed at tourists and locals. Stalls are laid out along two backstreets, with ladies cooking fried, steamed and grilled fish, along with other local dishes such as crab backs (land crabs) and fish cakes. You eat off plastic plates at communal picnic tables, and can purchase beer, rum drinks and local juices to wash everything down. There is also music, sometimes live, and the atmosphere feels safe, with a visible police presence. Telephone: 473-444-8430 Web: Gouyave Fish Friday.
Best Grenada Hotels
Would love to try the nightlife here. I have a feeling it could get pretty wild. Would also be up for some camping. The isle of reef tours would be of interest for sure and The gouyave fish Friday sounds like a good time. Good reference page to make sure you’re not missing out on anything. I am going to bookmark this, so when I am ready to head to Grenada, I have everything! Glad I found your site!
Glad you enjoyed visiting Grenada Island Travel Jeremy. Yes, the nightlife is great in Grenada, definitely something you should do while there. The reef is amazing, and I think anyone visiting should do the isle of reef tours for sure. I know you enjoy your time on Grenada. Let me know if I can help you with anything.
Thanks for all the info. We are planning a trip to Grenada next year, maybe around June and I’m wondering which is a good hotel to stay in with young children?
I quite like the look of the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort and if it is child-friendly then this one maybe fits the bill. La Sagesse Nature Center looks great, my son will enjoy that.
I don’t dive but I’d imagine we could also do snorkeling trips?
Yes, I do believe that the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort is a very good choice that is family friendly. And yes, where there is diving, there is always snorkeling. You will be able to snorkel all you want in Grenada! Enjoy your vacation with the family in the wonderful Caribbean island of Grenada!
The views here are gorgeous! I like how you layout attractions, restaurants and different other activities that you can do when visiting Grenada. I’m so interested in a lot of these activities like walking and eating, lol, always eating. I noticed that there aren’t many activities for kids though so what would you recommend for visitors with small children who visit Grenada?
Well, when ever my kids go with me, it is always the beach playing in sand, making sand castles, and that sort of thing. Lots of people take their young children to Grand Anse Beach because the waters are so calm there. Grand Etang National Park has lots of wildlife to keep them fascinated, so you can do a tour there with them. At Belmont Estate they can learn how chocolate is made and try some chocolate samples. Or take them to the Mt. Hartman Dove Sanctuary to learn about all the different birds on the island. And at the Spice Basket they have kid friendly shows. You will find lots of things to keep them entertained 🙂
Your introduction to Grenada is so comprehensive.
What a picturesque place! I have this down as one of the must-go places with my family when we can all steal time from our crazy schedule. Grand Anse beach looks super tempting.
Do you just stay near this place? If so, you are so lucky!
Oh, I wish I were near Grand Anse Beach right now! I would be truly lucky for sure. I do live 5 minutes from the beach though 🙂 Thanks for visiting Grenada Island Travel!
Wow, this is a very good review! Loved the video. I have really enjoyed looking over your whole website.
My family and I have been looking into places to take a vacation to within the next year or 2, and I am absolutely bookmarking your site to keep in mind for the future.
Thank you for putting a ton of information in your post. It really helps me get an idea as to what I can expect, and I will definitely be keeping Grenada in mind as a quality option!
I am so glad you enjoyed reading all about Grenada Island Travel and visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com. If you decide to start planning your trip, please let me know as I would be glad to help get you the best deals on your vacation 🙂
Wow! What fun! Looks like Grenada is the place to be. Seems like you covered most of my questions about this beautiful place.
If my family were to travel there. Is it a great place for young children or is it geared towards more adult people? Also, is it ok to walk around the town and look at all the beautiful homes and buildings off the beaten path?
Look forward to chatting with you about this. Thanks for peaking my interest in Grenada.
Oh, there are lots of kid friendly things to do on the island. They would actually have an amazing time. You can take them to Grand Anse Beach, as the water is so calm there. They can play in the sand, splash in the water, and build sand castles. Also, take them to Grand Etang National Park to see all of the wildlife such as the monkeys and hummingbirds, as well as a large crater lake. Also, a suggestion is Belmont Estate where they can learn how to make chocolate and then have some chocolate samples. You can also take them to a kid friendly show at the Spice Basket. There are lots of options for parents with children. They would not be bored. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any other questions.
Great review of Grenada Island and very thorough! Such a beautiful location. Been to several Caribbean Islands, but not Grenada! It is one place that I have wanted to look into as I have heard so much about Grande Anse Beach. I love beaches, and this one I am wanting to go to. I have all the information I need now, thanks!
Yes, Grand Anse Beach is one of those beaches in the Caribbean that just cannot be beat. You will love the beauty, and of course the activities you can enjoy, as well as all the wonderful restaurants close by. Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com
Wery nice article and very informative! Looking forward to actually making a trip to Grenada, so this article with all the information is very helpful to me. It’s not missing anything!
Makes me wanna go to Grenada right now, although my plans are for summer of 2018! Lol 🙂
Good Daniel! I want everyone to be as passionate about these wonderful Caribbean islands as I am 🙂 You will enjoy a vacation in Grenada for sure. Glad you visited Grenada Island travel, and please let me know if you need any other information!
Your website is awesome and would put anyone in the mood for a vacation. It is a wealth of very good information. Grenada looks awesome and I especially like the fact that you can travel on a passport and do not need a visa right away.
I see that they are prone to Hurricane’s? Have you done any research on how bad these hurricanes get?
Grand Anse is an awesome looking beach and that is probably where I would spend most of my time for sure.
Thanks for sharing such great information.
Thanks for visiting Grenada Island Travel Nate. Grenada has been hit with 8 hurricanes since 1954. Not all of them have done the devastation they have seen this past hurricane season. They are directly in the Hurricane path though, so that is just a precaution to take when planning your visit to this wonderful Caribbean island.
Never been to Granada, but looking for a good surfing spot in the Caribbean. Any surf over there? You gave a good overview on costs and what to expect for visitors. Very well written and informative. Thanks!
Thanks for visiting Grenada Island Travel David! Unfortunately, Grenada is not really a surfing mecca. There are some waves good for some boogie boarding. Also during the winter months, Grand Anse does get some waves, again only good for boogie boarding. The closest surfing spot in an island is in Barbados. I would visit Barbados instead 🙂
First of all, I love your site; it’s packed with all the necessary information for someone looking for a beach or island get away.
I was just discussing with my friends and colleagues the other day which places are the best ones to visit the next time we get the chance to break free from our hectic day to day routines. The Caribbean is on our list as we have been hearing and reading so many wonderful things about this place. I’m looking forward to setting a foot at Grenada Island. You can’t go wrong vacationing in Grenada, thank you for this travel guide.
Good, I am glad you found everything you need about Grenada to start planning your vacation to this wonderful Caribbean Island. I would love to help plan your trip if you need any assistance 🙂
I just love your site! It makes me want to take a vacation right now. I have been wanting to go to Grenada. I can plan my trip to Grenada with your site, and I wouldn’t even need a travel agent! Everything is right here for me, Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for visiting Grenada Island Travel Carole. I am glad you found everything you need to plan your trip!
This is a great resource for traveling to Grenada! I have been looking forward to a Caribbean getaway to that very place, and the information on your site is going to be very helpful! I love that you added in the different ways to get around. I’m someone who walks, so I was happy to see that you could see some sights by foot. Thanks for the warning about risky blind turns! Much appreciated!
Great Melinda, I am glad you enjoyed reading Grenada Island Travel! You will have a blast! I love to walk when I am vacationing, give me needed exercise after enjoying the food and tropical drinks 🙂
Oh Lord, I knew my wife and myself should have gone there when we were living in Florida, it would have been much easier than now that we are retired in the south of France, but you never know.
Thanks for sharing these wonderful images of Grenada Island Leahrae. I see that you have a whole lot of information on holiday destinations. I am going to enjoy myself going through all that.
I am quite sure that I will have to ask you a few questions along the way.
You are so welcome John and thank you for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com and reading all about the fabulous beach destinations. I am glad you have enjoyed reading and dreaming 🙂
Thank you for such a great review of Grenada. With so many beautiful islands in the Caribbean it’s hard to know which ones to choose.. Grenada looks absolutely amazing! Your reviews of the islands are first class.
What really appeals to me about Grenada is the fact it is not too developed unlike some of the other islands.
I have shared your reviews with some friends who are looking at the Caribbean for their winter holiday and I am sure some of them will be visiting. I also showed your review of Grenada to a friend who has been there and he said everything you say about Grenada is spot on!
In the video you have I saw what looked like a Carnival and colourful outfits, do they have a Carnival there?
Yes, they do have a Carnival which is held annually around the beginning of August and lasts 10 days. That is also a great time to go, if you want to enjoy all the fun that goes on with the Carnival. Thank you for visiting Moni, and sharing my site. Any yes it is beautiful, with the plus of not being nearly as developed as some of the other more famous Caribbean Islands. This is the appeal for Grenada for sure. Thanks for reading about Grenada Island Travel.
Another great review! Grand Anse Beach waters look so pretty. I live in California and been to the beach twice, lol .Sad I know. I am an hour away and just don’t go so reading these reviews are bittersweet. I love the beach and don’t see it much. There are a lot of activities to do in Grenada, sounds like a great place to travel.
Yes, I live 5 minutes from the beach as well, and I don’t get to it enough either. And now the weather is getting a bit chilly, so I need to go! Grande Anse Beach is one of those beaches that is just plain beautiful. Grenada has a lot to offer, you would enjoy visiting. Thanks for visiting Grenada Island Travel.