The island of Grenada boasts many of the same charming qualities as other Caribbean islands: It has beautiful beaches, gorgeous natural landscapes, unique attractions, a beautifully rich history and culture, iconic landmarks, and a welcoming local population. It can be difficult to choose between all the amazing things to do in Grenada, which is why we’ve put together this helpful list to ensure you make the most of your time in Grenada.
Grenada, the Spice Island
You may have heard Grenada referred to as ‘the Spice Island’ or ‘Spice Isle. ‘ This is because Grenada is one of the biggest producers of spice and a top exporter of allspice, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and turmeric.
Located north of Trinidad and Tobago, between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Grenada’s colorful attractions, hilly terrain, and natural charm make it an attractive destination for everyone from couples and families to retirees and solo travelers.
So, what exactly makes Grenada so attractive? The soft sands of Grand Anse Beach and Magazine Beach call to the sun-seeker in everyone, while the various diving sites are perfect for those in search of adventures beside the island’s marine life.
Island-hopping is a must for those interested in exploring the smaller surrounding islands, such as Carriacou and Petit Martinique, while food and drink tours allow visitors to enjoy the island’s local flavors.
When to Visit Grenada
The island of Grenada enjoys a hot, tropical climate year-round, with an average high of 28 Degrees C to 30 Degrees C (84 Degrees F to 86 Degrees F). These temperatures are made more enjoyable thanks to cooling winds. The best time to visit Grenada is during the island’s driest months, which fall between January and May.
While the risk of hurricanes on the island is relatively small, the official hurricane season falls between July and November. During this time, you might encounter tropical storms. No matter what you plan to do – be it tour the neighboring islands on a cruise ship, visit the famous River Antoine Rum Distillery, enjoy a few drinks while watching the sunset on the island’s largest beach, play a game of golf at a country club, or partake in a spot of bird watching while on a hike – any time spent in Grenada is sure to be magical.
Best Things to Do in Grenada
1. Set aside some time for Fish Friday
Gouyave, the town that never sleeps, is a fishing village located on the west coast of Grenada. This action-packed village is full of Caribbean characters, and every Friday night, it comes to life with the sound of steel drums, the taste of fruity booze, and the smells of the best seafood dishes on the entire island.
Fish Friday starts at six in the evening, with local vendors lining the streets with their grills, steamers, and cookers ready to delight your tastebuds with the likes of incredibly delicious fish cakes, shrimp, jerked marlin, kebabs, barbecued snapper, fry jacks, conch, and lobster.
If you’d like to enjoy other Friday night activities, you could check out the popular Friday Night Bonfire and BBQ in St George. Held at the Savvy Beach Cabana, this relaxing experience features soft pan music, a sparkling bonfire, tasty food – such as grilled meat, grilled fish, potatoes, pumpkin, and salad – and a laidback atmosphere.
2. Go barbecue hopping
You’ll know it’s the weekend when you hear the sound of pork, chicken, and fish sizzling on grills across the island.
A great way to enjoy this practice is to hop between bars and restaurants, tasting their barbecue offerings and truly embracing the BBQ spirit. Popular spots include Jam-Down Jerk Chicken and Cummin’ Up in Grand Anse Valley and Rosanne’s BBQ in St David.
3. Walk along the Carenage
The Carenage is a lively horseshoe-shaped harbor and waterfront promenade in Grenada’s capital city, St George.
A walk along the promenade is a great way to explore St George. You can peruse the stores in the shopping centers, watch boats arrive and leave, eat at any of the seafood restaurants, and take in the city’s sites and architecture as you wander through street stalls.
4. Spend a day at the beach
Grenada is known for having some of the most gorgeous beaches in the Caribbean, ranging from bustling tourist hubs to quiet private islands. A day at the beach is perfect for everyone. If you prefer to relax in the sun, a stretch of soft sand within walking distance of a beach bar is the ideal place to set up your towel. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, you can try your hand at swimming, snorkeling, surfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, or deep-sea fishing.
Grenada boasts more than 45 beaches, so you’ll have plenty of choices. A few of the most popular include:
- Magazine Beach, St George: This popular beach sits near an international airport, providing a fun chance to play a game of plane spotting as you lay on the golden sand and enjoy a meal at the Aquarium restaurant.
- Paradise Beach, Carriacou: With turquoise waters and white sand, this tucked-away gem truly lives up to its name. Easy to reach and offering plenty of facilities, beach bars, and restaurants, Paradise Beach is a favorite among visitors.
- Morne Rouge Beach, St George: Morne Rouge Beach, also called BBC Beach, is easily accessible, secluded, and perfect for families. The shallow waters and lazy waves make for easy swimming, and the beach is seldom crowded.
- Grand Anse Beach, St George: The most popular beach in Grenada, Grand Anse Beach is fringed by almond trees and offers a variety of watersports and good access to some of the island’s best hotels and restaurants. You’ll find a Craft and Spice Market nestled on this gem of a beach, where you can watch a breathtaking sunset accompanied by a nutmeg-sprinkled rum punch and find a slice of Grenada to take home with you.
- La Sagesse Beach, St David: La Sagesse Beach is timeless, romantic, and a five-minute walk from the main road. The beach is home to the La Sagesse Nature Center, a calming space with tropical gardens, and a beachside restaurant and bar offering tasty local cuisine.
- Black Bay Beach, St John: As its name suggests, Black Bay Beach is a small, secluded black sand beach in the parish of St John. Watch the sand glitter in the sunlight, enjoy a dip in the warm water, and visit the Black Bay Cave, where you can see old Amerindian petroglyphs.
5. Visit the Grenada National Museum
When you visit Grenada, you may want to learn about the island’s culture and history. A great way to do this is by spending a few hours at the Grenada National Museum. Once home to a prison, barracks, hotels, and a warehouse, the museum is now sectioned into areas that reflect its content: Economy, Plantation, Slavery, and the Whaling and Fishing Archaeology.
In addition to its exhibits, the Grenada National Museum hosts weekly outdoor lunches and cultural performances.
6. Make your way to Fort George
Once the heart of the town, Fort George is considered one of the most important historical structures in St George’s. Built between 1706 and 1710, it was initially called Fort Royal before being renamed in 1763.
Fort George sits on a hill between the sea and the inner harbor, offering sweeping views of the capital, the harbor, the southern coastline, and the ocean.
A tour of the structure would allow you to admire its stones and learn about its fascinating history.
7. Spend a day at Grand Etang National Park
Grand Etang National Park is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. Home to lush vegetation, a mountainous terrain, and a variety of ecological subsystems, the park boasts a range of flora and fauna (such as the mongoose, broad-winged hawk, Mona monkey, and Lesser Antillean tanager) that can be appreciated on a hike or guided tour.
The Grand Etang National Park is part of the Grand Etang Forest Reserve. You can embark on a guided tour or try your hand at one of the established hiking trails. Ranging from easy 15-minute walks to more challenging hikes, there’s a trail for every level of experience. Such hikes include:
- Beausejour (around 300 meters)
- Shoreline (two kilometers)
- Seven Sisters Trail (five kilometers)
- Annandale Trail (six kilometers)
8. Go on a hunt for waterfalls
You’ll find several amazing waterfalls in Grenada, some of which you may not even have heard about. To help you, we’ve got a list of five of the most popular waterfalls in Grenada:
Made up of three waterfalls, Concord Falls lies on the edge of the forest reserve on the western side of the island. The water here is crystal clear and ice-cold and definitely worth the hike it takes to find them.
Seven Sisters Waterfalls
A 45-minute hike through the rainforest can lead you to the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. Here, you can swim in the pools at the foot of the falls or relax by the water’s edge before heading back to the busy city.
One of the easiest waterfalls to get to, Annandale Falls sits on the outskirts of St George’s at the end of a well-tended path lined with fruit trees and plants. Annandale Falls is one of the smaller waterfalls found in Grenada and is a popular stop along bus tours.
Also known as the Marquis Falls, Carmel Falls is found just over three kilometers south of Grenville. The highest waterfall in Grenada can be accessed following a gentle 30-minute hike through a private plantation, where you’ll find some local spices and fruits being grown.
9. Visit Laura’s Spice Garden
If you want to see exactly why Grenada is known as the Spice Island, then you need to pay a visit to Laura’s Spice Garden. Located in St David, the garden perfectly displays the island’s rich heritage with the selection of fresh spices, plants, and herbs grown there.
From cinnamon, ginger, and pimento to chadon beni and nutmeg, a tour of the garden will provide you with all the information you need to use and care for them.
10. Enjoy a craft beer at the West Indies Beer Company
Having opened in 2014, the West Indies Beer Company has since established its reputation as a knowledgeable provider of quality craft beers and ciders.
If that’s not to your taste, you can choose from a selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks, and food.
11. Rum tasting at the River Antoine Rum Distillery
Looking for unique things to do in the Caribbean? Why not visit Grenada’s oldest rum distillery? Established in 1785, the historical significance of the estate has been maintained through the conservative of the buildings and surrounding natural landscape. Rum distillation still happens here and is carried out using traditional methods that have persisted since the 1700s.
You can take a guided tour offered at River Antoine Rum Distillery and enjoy the opportunity to taste this iconic Grenadian rum.
12. Tour the House of Chocolate
There is a seemingly endless supply of fun things to do in Grenada. If you have a sweet tooth, then this is the perfect activity for you. Found in St George’s, the House of Chocolate is a unique and beautiful hand-crafted miniature museum that depicts the history of chocolate.
The museum has a small café where you’ll find a selection of delicious chocolates that are made onsite, as well as other treats such as ice cream, cakes, and drinks. There is also a small boutique that houses a selection of all products made in Grenada using cocoa beans, providing you the opportunity to snap up a fun (and tasty) souvenir to take home with you.
13. Attend a festival
Grenada is an island that boasts a very rich culture displayed through its cuisine, architecture, lifestyle, and celebrations. Throughout the year, the island is host to a number of festivals that provide visitors with the opportunity to embrace the local culture and learn all about the island.
This annual carnival parade is held on the second Monday and Tuesday in August. An all-encapsulating explosion of vibrant color, great music, rhythms, dazzling costumes, and reveling masqueraders, this is one experience you won’t want to miss.
Carriacou Regatta Festival
Beginning in 1965, the festival is one of the biggest of its kind that occurs over Emancipation weekend each year. The regatta race events primarily focus on workboats built locally and regionally and include several sporting and cultural activities as well.
Grenada Chocolate Festival
Launched in 2014, this festival happens in May each year, celebrating the rich history and culture of chocolate production in Grenada. The event attracts chocolate lovers and budding chocolatiers from all over the world, providing the opportunity to tour a cocoa farm or a chocolate factory or two, partake in high-quality chocolate tastings, and learn about the history and significance of chocolate in the region as well as the chocolate-making process.
14. Explore the Underwater Sculpture Park
Grenada is home to a number of amazing diving sites that offer breathtaking views of its coral reefs and shipwrecks. One of the truly unique things to do in Grenada is to go diving and explore the world’s first underwater sculpture park.
Located in the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area, the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park (also called the Molinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park) features a collection of underwater contemporary art that is accessible by scuba diving, snorkeling, and glass bottom boats. As you can imagine, avid divers recommend visiting this stunning park that has been listed as one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World.
15. Head to Umbrella’s Beach Bar with friends
Looking for a fun place to spend some time eating tasty food and drinking cocktails by the beach? Look no further than Umbrella’s Beach Bar, located on Grand Anse Beach.
The diverse menu includes cheeseburger sliders, shrimp, steak, loaded fries, and the famous Umbrella Burger. Live music is sure to keep you entertained as you watch the sunset and toast to a wonderful vacation in Grenada.
16. Head to Levera National Park
One of the most beautiful beaches in Grenada, Levera Beach, is found across the north of the island. Often described as looking straight out of a postcard, thanks to its golden sand, crystal-clear blue waters, and palm trees lining the coast, Levera National Park is an amazing place to watch Leatherback turtles.
From March until August, you can watch as Leatherback turtles (the largest turtles in the world) arrive on the beach, lay their eggs, and return to the ocean.
17. Spend some time at a market
Grenada has some excellent markets at which you can explore the many stalls selling local spices, foods, fresh produce, and craftworks. St George’s Market Square is a particularly colorful market, especially on a Saturday morning.
Other popular markets include Grand Anse Craft and Spice Market and Grenada Fish Market.
18. Head to Hog Island
A beach lover’s paradise, Hog Island is a small island off the coast of Grenada’s mainland.
You can hike to the island or arrive by water taxi, and once there, you can relax by the beach, snorkel, continue hiking, or do an island tour.
19. Go on a sunset and champagne cruise
A great way to take in the island’s stunning views is on a sunset champagne cruise. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of champagne and fresh appetizers prepared onboard as you sail just offshore of the coast of Grenada.
This is arguably one of the best ways to ensure you have a remarkable view of the dazzling sun as it lowers into the Caribbean Sea.
20. Go diving at Dragon Bay
Dragon Bay can be found in the picturesque village of Moliniere, Grenada. This stunning beach promises an unforgettable coastal experience with the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters alongside the colorful marine life. The bay features a crescent-shaped shoreline of golden sand that stretches for about 200 meters and serves as the diving point for those heading to the Underwater Sculpture Park.
As you can see, you are spoilt for choice with amazing things to do in Grenada. Why not learn about the production process at a chocolate factory or rum distillery, spend a day at one of the many beautiful beaches, and visit a spice market? Or take an island tour on foot or by cruise ship, surround yourself with nature at a national park, and add your name to the list of scuba divers who have visited an underwater sculpture park. No matter your interests, Grenada truly delivers an unforgettable experience for everyone.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Things to Do in Grenada
What is Grenada best known for?
Grenada is known for being the ‘Island of Spice’ (due to its great production of spices) and having rolling hills, lush rainforests, sparkling waterfalls, and beautiful beaches..
Is Grenada good for tourists?
Yes, Grenada is good for all kinds of tourists, from families and couples to retirees and solo travelers. The island has plenty of sites to explore and activities to enjoy, such as snorkeling, surfing, hiking trails, boat tours, and more. There are also many ways to explore the local culture, such as through food and drink, markets, and visiting cultural sites.
Is there much to do in Grenada?
Grenada offers endless activities to keep you entertained, no matter your interests. Nature lovers will enjoy the many dive sites, sandy beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, and hiking trails. Grenada’s three islands also pride themselves on culinary excellence, with various restaurants, bars, cafes, and food tours offering ample opportunities to enjoy the local cuisine. There are also a number of festivals that take place throughout the year.