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.
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