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Reasons to visit Grenada

Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with picturesque towns, this lush island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cocoa. The spice island is also well known for sailing and is the most southern Windward island. 

We love Grenada for

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Sandy Beaches
  • Surfing
  • Watersports
  • Whalewatching
  • Windsurfing

When to go to Grenada

The high season runs from mid December to mid April when hotel prices will rise and you will need to book up to a year in advance to get the best deals.

We recommend that you try travelling to Grenada at other times if you are not bound by school holidays, where you will find some great hotel and airfare deals. Check out our latest deals to Grenada with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.

Weather in Grenada

The rainy season runs from July to November although you can still find rain at other times. The mountains have about four times the amount of rain as the coast. The average temperature is 29C and the coolest months are November to February where the average temperature is 17-21C.

Planning your holiday

Grenada for family holidays

Grenada has a lot to offer kids with over 45 beaches and some of the best are in the south east around Grande Anse with good snorkelling at Morne Rouge. Other good spots for snorkelling are Moliniere Point, Flamingo Bay and Dragon Bay. You can go tubing down the Balthazar River which is suitable for children over the age of 6. 

Family reunions and holidays to Grenada

When considering a trip to Grenada, many travellers choose the island for its spectacular scenery, luxuriant rainforest and for diving, sailing and snorkelling.

We recommend that you find the time to hire a car in advance as it takes a lot of time to negotiate the local transport.

Places to stay in Grenada

Many of the hotels in Grenada are small friendly guesthouses, affordable apartments and hotels. The island also offers friendly homestays. We have a range of specially selected hotels in Grenada for our customers so do let us know how we can help.

Grenada for weddings, anniversaries and special occasions

If you are looking for help organising a trip to Grenada for a group, whether that’s for a special family occasion such as an anniversary or wedding just get in touch. We have organised many types of trips, including music tours for some of the most well known bands in the Caribbean.

Beach Holidays in Grenada

There is plenty of choice when it comes to sandy beaches and good places for snorkelling or water sports in Grenada.

Grenada for couples

The island is often seen as a romantic getaway for couples that enjoy nature, who are celebrating their honeymoon or an anniversary.

Cultural and Adventure Holidays in Grenada

There is a wealth of French and English history on the island and lots of plantation houses to visit.

Getting to Grenada

There are some direct flights to Grenada from Gatwick and connecting flights are available via San Juan, Barbados, or Trinidad from Manchester with Virgin Atlantic British Airways and. You need to book at least a year in advance to travel during the Christmas period.

Getting around

We recommend hiring a car in Grenada but allow plenty of time to get around the island, as the roads are narrow, twisting and slow. Car rental makes it easier to see the main sights and we offer some great rates here.

Things to do and see in Grenada

Views

Enjoy the views from Fort George and Richmond Hill near the capital. Many hotels offer evening entertainment with steel bands.

Market

Wander around the weekly market each Saturday and watch them fillet the fish.

Rum Tours

Visit the Clarks Court Rum Distillery which is powered by steam and not far from the capital. Or visit the River Antoine and Dunfermline rum distilleries.

Island Tour

Take a tour of the island visiting Seven Sisters Falls and enjoy the views of St George from the viewpoint at Grand Etang. You can climb to the top of Mount Sinai which is at 2,306ft.

Dougaldston Estate

Visit Dougaldston Estate and see how the spices were dried. You can even take some home with you. For a more comprehensive tour and explanation of the drying process visit the Nutmeg Processing Centre in Gouyave.

Helvellyn House

Visit Helvellyn House with its pretty gardens and pottery in the grounds in the north of the island.

Levera National Park

Visit Levera National Park where you can see the leatherback turtles lay their eggs between April and June.

Grenada Chocolate Factory

Visit the Grenada Chocolate Factory at Hermitage which processes some of the world’s best chocolate.

Belmont Estate

On the east coast take a stroll around the 400 acre Belmont Estate and watch the cocoa beans being processed with a heritage museum and a buffet style lunch.

Grenville Saturday Market

The locals weave hats, place mats and other articles from palm fronds which can be seen in the Saturday market in Grenville on the east coast. 

Diving

You can dive on shipwrecks such as the Italian cruise ship called Bianca C or a sunken sailboat called the Buccaneer. Other famous dive sites include: The Hole, Valley of Whales and Forests of Dean.

Events & Holidays

January - New Years Day, Annual Spice Island Bill Fish Tournament, Grenada Sailing Festival
February - Independence Day Celebrations, Cultural Extravaganza, Soca Monarch - Calypso/Groovy Finals (Caricou), Caricou Carnival
Easter - Kite flying competitions, regatta and yacht races
Easter - Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday
March - celebration of St Patrick’s Day in Sauteurs
1 May - Labour Day
May/June - Grenada’s Spice Jazz Festival
May/June - Whit Monday
June - Corpus Christi
Late June - Gouyeve, Fisherman’s Birthday boat festival
July - Grenada 4 day Summer Regatta with beach parties
First Monday and Tuesday in August - August Bank Holiday
Start of August - Rainbow City Cultural Festival in Grenville with cultural shows
Second weekend in August - Carnival with dancing and calypso music
25 October - Thanksgiving
End of November - Grenada Yacht Club race
25-26 Dec - Christmas Holidays

Useful Grenada travel information

The island is approximately 20 miles long and 10 miles wide.

Language - Whilst English is the official language a patois called Creole French is widely spoken across the island.

Currency - The East Caribbean dollar is the official currency.

Emergencies - Dial 434 in St George, 724 in St Andrews and 774 for emergencies on Carriacou.

Local Customs - It is customary to dress smart casual when dining out at restaurants and to only wear swimwear and beachwear on the beach.

Tipping - Restaurant and hotel staff expect 10-15% of the bill and a small amount if the service is already included.

Voltage - This is 220/240 volts.

Time Difference - GMT -4 hours (Atlantic Standard Time)

Country dialing code is +473

Departure tax - See our flight pages for details of the departure tax payable.

Security in Grenada - Many visitors travel to the island each year and do not have any incidents however we recommend that you take care at night and avoid St George if a cruise ship has moored or you may be hassled for money.  Take advice from the locals as to any city areas you should avoid at all times and do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach. Use your hotel safe or security boxes to store your valuables. Avoid driving at night outside the main town centres and avoid very isolated beaches.

When taking a boat trip check that the boat operator has sails or oars in the event of an engine breakdown, a radio and lifejackets and equipment in the event of a fire. Accidents do happen and boats can break down.

Useful Links


Grenada High Commission in the UK
The Chapel, Archer Road, London W14 9QH, UK
Tel: (020) 7385 4415.
www.grenadahclon.co.uk

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; 1000-1400 (consular section).

Grenada Board of Tourism in the UK
Tel: (020) 8328 0644.
www.grenadagrenadines.com

Handpicked hotels

 

Grenadian by Rex Resorts
Tamarind Bay, St George’s, Grenada

 

The Flamboyant Hotel & Villas
St. George's, Grenada

 

Blue Horizons Garden Resort
St. George's, Grenada

 

True Blue Bay Resort
St. George's, Grenada

Insider tips

Concord Falls

Grenada

Take a dip at  the Concord Falls on the west coast of the island.

The Concord waterfalls is not one, but three waterfalls situated on the edge of the forest reserve where the water is crystal clear and ice cold.

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