Grenada is hard to beat for a Caribbean vacation. It has gorgeous, soft-sand beaches and a mountainous and lush rainforest-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 rainforest (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. Now view our Grenada Island Travel guide to help plan your next Grenada vacation!
Grenada Weather – When to Visit
Best Time to Travel
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.
It’s almost like walking through an oil painting. The vivid, brightly painted houses exude colonialism. Grenada’s capital city, located on Grenada Island’s southwestern shore, has earned the unofficial title of the most beautiful harbor town in the Caribbean. Spend an hour or two exploring the marina, or the Carenage, where you will find lots of restaurants. Discover the islands colonial history at Fort Frederick and Fort George.
Concord Falls is actually three separate waterfalls. The first is at the end of the road; and you can take a dip under the 35-foot cascade. The two other waterfalls require a hike into the forest reserve. The hike to the second falls (Au Coin) takes about 30 minutes. The third and most spectacular waterfall (Fontainbleu) thunders 65 feet over huge boulders and creates a small pool. It’s smart to hire a guide for that trek, which can take an hour or more. The path is clear, but slippery boulders toward the end can be treacherous without assistance.
Grand Anse Beach
Frommer’s describes Grand Anse as “the granddaddy” of Grenada’s 45 beaches, but that’s an understatement. This two-mile stretch of creamy-white sand overlooks a sheltered, azure-hued bay where bright red and yellow fishing boats burst with color. Numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops act as a convenient backdrop to this postcard-perfect scene, making this a great home base for sun-seeking visitors.
River Antoine Rum Distillery
River Antoine has been churning out bottles of rum since 1785, making it the oldest functioning water-powered distillery in the Caribbean. Guided tours will lead you through the rum-making process, from the harvesting of sugar cane to the fermentation to the bottling process. After the tour, you’ll be treated to a free sample, but be warned: This isn’t your average liquor. River Antoine rum is produced in strengths of 138- and 150-proof.
La Sagesse Nature Center
Nature-lovers will fall in love with La Sagesse, a former plantation nestled along a private estuary. Just be sure to bring your binoculars, as La Sagesse Nature Center has some of the best bird-watching on the island. This region houses unique species as the Caribbean coot, the green-back heron, and the northern Jacuna. La Sagesse also boasts a beautiful beach and numerous hiking trails, not to mention a small hotel and a mouthwatering restaurant.
Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve
Occupying a large portion of central Grenada Island, Grand Etang teems with exotic wildlife. Its full-time residents include armadillos, mona monkeys, and tropical mockingbirds. You’re sure to encounter these magnificent creatures and more as you explore popular areas as Mount Qua Qua—known for its stunning views of the park—and the beautiful Grand Etang Lake.
Grenada Tours & Activities
Full Day Tour
Experiencing the best of Grenada can be difficult for travelers with limited time. Make the most of your visit on a full day tour of highlights such as Concord Waterfalls, Diamond Chocolate Factory, and Grand Etang Lake, saving time with included round-trip transfer from your hotel or port. Gain intimate insight into Grenada’s history and culture as you explore working manufacturers, former plantations, and iconic natural landmarks with your guide. Read more about Grenada Full-Day Tour
Snorkel & Powerboat Sightseeing Tour
Combine Grenada sightseeing with underwater adventure on this guided speedboat tour around the Caribbean Sea. Admire stunning island views of Grenada’s picturesque West Coast from aboard the boat as you learn about the island from your captain guide. Then, head to the Underwater Sculpture Park for a snorkeling tour and to Morne Rouge Bay to learn about Grenada’s underwater volcanoes before completing your adventure. Read more about Sculpture Snorkel and Powerboat Sightseeing Tour
Half-Day Concord Waterfall & Chocolate Factory Tour
Experience Grenada on this half-day, guided tour that visits the best of the island. Explore the steep hills, spice market, and port in the capital town of St. George’s, go for swim under picturesque Concord Waterfalls; see (and taste) how chocolate is made in Gouyave. Top off your visit by experiencing the rainforest and Grand Etang Lake. Read more about Half-Day Concord Waterfall and Chocolate Factory Tour
Private Day Sail
A day sailing aboard Quest is a day of fun, sun, sand, wind, and sea. Observe Grenada from the sea side with its gorgeous bays and beaches. Sip homemade rum punch and dine on fresh local fare. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and exploring the crystal blue Caribbean. The journey is the destination! Read more about Private Day Sail
Deep Sea Fishing
The very best in deep sea sport fishing beckons off the west coast of Grenada. Board a purpose built sportfishing boat and catch the fish of your dreams either deep sea for Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and Big Yellow Fin Tuna or fish the offshore reef edge for Wahoo, Barracuda, Blackfin Tunas etc. The boat is fast and comfortable with shade, it’s fully equipped with top quality tackle, lures and bait as well as a selection of complimentary cold drinks. Read more about Deep Sea Half Day Sport Fishing
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 Bars & 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
Sandals Grenada All-Inclusive Couples Only
Sandals Grenada is an exotic, unspoiled hideaway that offers a romantic, authentic Caribbean experience while providing the Luxury Included amenities and exceptional service that have come to be associated with the Sandals Resorts experience. Known as the “Spice Isle,” Grenada is a mesmerizing island with some of the most incredible natural wonders in the Caribbean from stunning beaches and waterfalls to lush rainforests and pristine mountain lakes.
Coyaba Beach Resort
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Offering a beautiful setting on Grande Anse Beach, Coyaba Beach Resort features rooms with balconies overlooking its grounds or the Caribbean Sea. It has a seasonal outdoor pool, gym and a restaurant. Guests can enjoy a range of Grenadan cuisine in the Coyaba’s buffet restaurant, which overlooks the sea.
Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa offers accommodations in Saint Georgeʼs. The hotel has a spa center and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. There is a shared lounge, babysitting services and a gift shop at the property.
Maca Bana is an intimate boutique hotel comprising 7 artistically designed, solar-powered ‘banas’ with gorgeous ocean views and private massaging hot tubs above our tropical Aquarium Restaurant on Magazine Beach. Laid-back luxury and unrivaled privacy for a sensual & inspiring holiday experience in a warm atmosphere.
Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club
A boutique beach resort and club with just 31 spacious suites & villas all with exceptional sea views. Set in luxuriant tropical gardens, each accommodation has a large sitting room, fully fitted kitchen with breakfast bar (with the exception of the Cinnamon Suites), outdoor living areas all with superb views of the beach and Caribbean Sea. The main clubhouse offers a lively bar and restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes fused with Creole style using fresh local ingredients many grown from the resorts private plantation. Facilities include a chic beach club with scuba-diving, beach and water sports as well as an alfresco massage cabana, swimming pool, tennis, croquet, fully equipped gymnasium and yoga.
Spice Island Beach Resort
Sixteen hundred feet of powder white sand frames 32 beachfront suites featuring indoor living rooms, breezy exterior terraces and private rock gardens. Each suite captures the spice scented breezes with lazy hammocks on private patios. Seventeen additional pool suites have their own private swimming pools and gardens steps away from the ocean. The Royal Collection, Luxury Almond and Anthurium Pool suites are all private oasis that offer the guest an intimate experience like no other. All suites are equipped with modern luxuries like flat screen televisions, Italian Frette™ linen, Molton Brown(R) amenities and en suite bathrooms featuring soaker tubs and double vanities.