Grenada is the Caribbean’s Spice Island, known for pretty harbours and tranquil beaches, rainforests, sea-faring legends and fantastic carnival spirit.
The largest of the Caribbean’s Grenadine Islands, Grenada is closer to South America than the US. Famous for a lush mountainous interior and pristine seas, it’s a former British colony and one of the world’s leading producers of nutmeg. Kids will love adventuring around the coast here. Hiking and climbing in national parks is fun for teenagers, and nobody can resist the easy-going island atmosphere.
British Airways flies direct from Gatwick to Grenada in under 10 hours.
Average daily temperatures of 25˚ year round. Low rainfall from January to May.
Grenada has a wide choice of places to stay from luxurious resorts to cute local guesthouses, and pretty beachfront cottages and villas.
Grenada’s August carnival is one of the Caribbean’s friendliest, and a real family event packed with colourful local traditions.
Grenada’s lush, mountainous interior’s very accessible for walking, hiking and climbing, and the island’s famous for its enchanting swimmable waterfalls.
The British left English as Grenada’s first language, along with a fascinating legacy of historic forts, elegant colonial architecture and beautiful plantations.
Many of Grenada’s dive sites are accessible to beginners, and water visibility is superb for snorkelling all year round.
Nestled round a breathtaking natural harbour, Grenada’s capital is often called the prettiest town in the Caribbean. It’s a quaint mix of colonial heritage and bustling island life. The skinny streets are packed with cute shops, colourful restaurants and cool cafés. Plus, the performance of loading and unloading local boats around the Carenage, is better than the best theatre.
The sheltered south of Grenada’s the best base for family holidays. Most of the island’s luxury resorts are here, and overlook award-winning beaches like Grand Anse, Pink Gin and Lance aux Epines. Maurice Bishop Airport’s also in this area, and St. George’s is just 20 minutes drive north.
Visit the far north for a day on long, sandy Bathway Beach: famous for views of the neighbouring Grenadine Islands. The historic town of Sauteurs is charming and comes with a tragic back story: in 1651, the last of the island’s Carib people threw themselves off the 40m high cliffs near Sauteurs, rather than be ruled by the invading French. The nearby cliffs are known as Carib Leap, and the town name translates as ‘jumpers’.
Gouyave is a must-do visit with kids for the nutmeg factory and spice-centred history. Plan to stay on a little, the friendly town is also known for good local restaurants and cute beach bars.
There are buses to ever corner of Grenada and they stop on demand, anywhere outside the centre of St. George’s. A frequent water taxi service runs between Grand Anse and St. George’s Harbour Carenage and there are road taxis all over the island, remember to agree the fare before heading off. Grenada takes less than two hours to drive from north to south, and there are plenty of tours with transport included. But if you want to explore independently, car hire’s easy to arrange, watch out for seasonal price hikes.