The Ultimate Guide to Grenada!
Known as the Island of Spice, Grenada is a relatively quiet island that is ripe for exploring. Relatively small in size, Grenada is 120 sq. miles (311 sq. km) with a population near 100,000 with most of the activities centrally located in their capital of St. George.
Located 100 miles north of Venezuela, this is one of the most southern islands in the Caribbean with over 40 beaches, a rain forest and a wide variety of scuba and snorkel activities and lots of things to do.
We were fortunate enough to spend 12 days on the island and experienced all of the unspoiled landscapes and undiscovered oases that will leave you wanting more.
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East Caribbean Dollar or ECD. $1 US = approximately $2.68 ECD. Prices will be listed similar to how they are in the US such as $10. However, they will specify whether it is $10EC or $10US, so make sure you read closely. Most local places on the island will take Visa or Mastercard.
English is the spoken language but the locals use a creole slang, or patois (pat-twaa). If you speak English, you will have no problems communicating with a Grenada local.
Grenada weather is diverse with a wet season (humid, hot and usually June through December) and dry season (January through May) and keeps consistent temperatures year-round in the high 70’s-mid 80’s. Perfect for year-round water activities!
Grenadian’s drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel on the right side of the car (like the British).
We rented a car so we had the freedom and flexibility to explore. But be warned, driving is not for the timid driver!!
It’s important to note: the majority of the roads are unmarked, and thus, getting lost is easy as there are what seemed like only 5 road signs.
Further, guard rails and speed limit signs are non-existent and there are no DUI laws.
All in all, there are seemingly no rules of the road. Despite all of that, it’s not that hard to get around.
On the island, people honk their horns to be friendly or when coming around a blind turn (which is most of them!) since the roads are very narrow. Given the opportunity again, we’d still rent a car. Unlike in the US, make sure you get the insurance for peace of mind!
If only in for the day on a cruise ship or not a comfortable driver, this is an easy option, but not the most cost effective. There are hundreds of drivers so it’s not hard to get a ride.
Most of the taxi drivers also do tours. And remember, the farther you get away from St. George’s, the worse the roads, both condition and lack of road signs.
We hired a taxi for $30 US/hour to take us to the rain forest. It was a challenging drive, the roads narrowing for only 1 car in parts and I was happy to not have to reverse backwards on a curvy mountain road.
“Bus” is a generous term as they are merely large vans, but they will pick you up almost anywhere on the road.
We did not use the bus, but a local friend said it was incredibly affordable. You just wave at the van and they’ll pick you up.
Map of Things to do in Grenada
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Where to stay in Grenada
It’s important to prioritize what type of vacation you are looking for before booking on this island. Limited resources, such as restaurants and bars, exist outside of St. George’s so it’s critical to pick all the things to do in Grenanda before you arrive.
We visited several resorts on a variety of beaches, all of which have their unique vibe and atmosphere.
TIP: Distance on this island is not what you know. A mile on this island can take you 15 minutes because of traffic and the curves of the road. If a hotel says it’s 3 miles from a beach, it could be a 20-minute drive.
>> To see all Grenada hotel options, click here: ALL HOTELS
Booking.com probably has the widest selection of budget (and luxury) accommodations in the world. In our experience, they consistently found the cheapest rooms. We also like their easy-to-use interface and no money down policy. When we book our travel stays, we personally use Booking.com.
More “central” locations
Grand Anse Beach
This is the longest beach on the island and has the most to offer within walking distance. Located roughly 10 minutes from St. George, the soft, white sand and beautiful blue shades of the water make it a perfect spot to relax.
We stayed at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, which we’d highly recommend (biggest pool, 4 restaurants/bars on-site, including a swim-up pool bar, and centrally located on the beach. This was a perfect central spot for access all the things to do in Grenada.
If they are booked up, check out these options just down beach:
Morne Rouge Beach
Known as “BBC” beach to the locals, this is a much smaller, quieter beach with soft, white sand and 2 beach bars/restaurants and a hotel called Gem Holiday Beach Resort.
It’s a great place to get away but not be too far removed from town. There is a way to walk to Grand Anse Beach, but it’s hilly and there are about 100 steps to get down to Grand Anse.
More Secluded locations
La Sagesse Beach
This is off the beaten path in a hidden cove with black sand beaches and soaring palm trees galore. The La Sageese Hotel, Restaurant and Beach Bar is a small boutique style hotel here, which is a solid 35 minutes from Grand Anse Beach and has 1 restaurant on site.
For those looking to be concealed from the bustle of town, this is a hidden gem. Bring a good book and enjoy the view.
This is one of the only places we’d suggest that wasn’t directly located on a beach because the restaurant, Dodgy Dock, has some of the best food. (See restaurant section for more info).
If you are looking for a beach front location, this isn’t ideal. However, the view of the harbor and St. George’s University is very pretty.
With over 40 beaches on the island, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy the sea breeze. The beaches to the west and south are white, soft sand beaches.
The beaches to the north and east are black and soft. As previously mentioned, Grand Anse Beach and BBC Beach are the top beaches to visit.
Magazine Beach is only visited by the locals, and is arguably one of favoritoures. There is almost nothing there, so enjoy the solidarity and tranquility it has to offer. The snorkeling was top-notch and the water was relatively calm.
The Aquarium Restaurant is located on the far left end of the beach with a great restaurant/bar on the beach and offers luxury villas at this boutique resort.
About a 4 minute walk in the opposite direction is Grenadian by Rex Resort. One of the larger, gated resorts, they have 3 restaurants and 2 bars on site.
The view from the pool bar is unique as it sits on a cliff. If you are on the island for New Year’s, this is one of the top places to be with a huge fireworks show at midnight!
Drink in the sunshine (liteally)
So many beach bars, so little time. We wouldn’t be called Boozing Abroad if we didn’t go into detail aboutt he incedible bars to visit. See our post about the Top 12 Bars you must Visit in Grenada
The Grand Etang Forest Reserve is the rain forest near the center of the island. With top peaks at 2370 feet, there are breathtaking views as well as natural wildlife that is worth the trek up the mountain.
Monkeys are around if you know where to find them. Make sure you bring some baby bananas.
There are various waterfalls throughout the island in the different mountains. The most popular and easiest to get to is Annadale Fall. With a $2 US per person entry fee, you can see the falls after only walking a short 50 foot trail.
There are “professional” cliff jumpers, who for $6 US will jump from the top into the pool below. I’ll shamefully admit we paid to see it – and we weren’t disappointed.
Concord Falls and St. Margaret Falls (Seven Sisters) are also popular, but the hike is a bit more intense.
Grenada offers a wide variety of places to scuba and snorkel including an Underwater Sculpture Park near Dragon Bay.
In the port of St. George’s is Fort George at the top of a large hill. Easily accessible from the cruise port, although a good hike up, the 10 minute walk will give you incredible views of not only Grand Anse Beach, but of St. George as well. $2 US entry fee.
Located a few minutes’ walk from the cruise terminal, the spice market is just that – a spice market. Grenada is the #1 exporter of nutmeg so I’d suggest picking some up here!
When in the Caribbean, everyone is on “island time”. If you expect quick service, you’ll be very disappointed. Most restaurants take 30-45 minutes to get you food after you order. I’m convinced that’s why they created a happy hour, so you can bide your time with libations while you wait. Order a Rum Punch or Painkiller to help with the wait.
- Umbrella’s – Located on Grand Anse Beach, this is a top spot for food and drinks. Happy hour is from 5-7PM during the week and they have a daily special for $10 E.C. (See the picture for details).
- Dodgy Dock – Located in the True Blue Resort, the Dodgy Dock has incredible food. With a good happy hour and different themed food every night, you can’t go wrong.
- Prickly Bay Marina – This is a neat restaurant that offers game nights during the week including trivia and bingo. The food is delicious as well.
- Creole Shack – This is a locals-only restaurant with local cuisine which can be hard to find on the island. Located above a grocery store in St. George, this is a buffet that is sensational. The plates are weighed for what it costs and are full of rich and mouth-watering spices. If you don’t know what it is, the buffet server will help you. A secret gem!
- The Deck – On the east end of the island, The Deck is located in the Le Phare Bleu Marina. It’s a quaint restaurant that boasts a serene atmosphere with the calming effects of the marina.
- The Lightship – Also located at Le Phare Bleu Marina, this is without a doubt the most interesting bar/restaurant I’ve ever been to. Located on a large ship built in 1900, this is a unique setting to enjoy a happy hour. Open Thursday and Fridays from 5 p.m. – midnight, this is a must do.
- Rick’s Cafe (Sugar and Spice Ice Cream) – Located in the shopping center by Grand Anse Beach, this cafe houses the best (and local) ice cream on the island. Highly recommended!
Is it safe?
YES! Grenada is actually one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. I’ve never met a group of more friendly locals.
Have you been to Grenada? What was your favorite part?
Our 14 day vacation to Grenada was one for the books are we hope that you pick the island to visit. There are so many things to do in Grenada that the list can be overwhelming.
While we missed out on hiking there, we did focus on drinking local so be sure to check out where we drank in the guide below.
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