5 Things To See & Do In Grenada
When it comes to Caribbean destinations, Grenada doesn’t get mentioned as often as it should. Located at the bottom of a sort of crescent of islands stretching from Puerto Rico toward South America, it can be overshadowed by the likes of St. Lucia, Martinique, Curacao and Aruba – all of which are also wonderful small island getaways. If you’re ever interested in a Caribbean vacation however, Grenada ought to be on your radar as well – which is why we’re taking some time to look at some of its most impressive sights and aspects.
1. St. George’s
St. George’s is the main town in Grenada, and it’s been said that wandering its narrow streets is almost like walking through an oil painting. That’s quite a thing to read about a town, and once you get a look at it or actually travel there you’ll find it justifies the description. From colorful and historic buildings to charming cafés and bars, St. George’s offers one of the most beautiful harbor cities in the entire Caribbean. Aside from lounging on beaches, this is where you’ll likely want to spend much fo your time on the island.
2. Grand Anse Beach
As you can pretty much expect in the Caribbean in general, Grenada has some gorgeous beaches. They’re fairly typical of the region, meaning white sand, green backdrops, and see-through blue-green waters, and there are a few you may want to check out. But Grand Anse Beach is the one you should prioritize. Just a short distance from St. George’s (you can see the city in the distance), it can feel surprisingly secluded, and stretches along the water for about two miles in length.
3. Surrounding Islands
Some of the coolest things you can do in Grenada actually involve touring the smaller islands around the main one. Places like Petite Martinique and Carriacou are commonly recommended in this regard, and both can be absolutely lovely. If you’re able to commission a boat or even guide your own around however you’ll see some even smaller spots. Some are essentially nameless specks on the sea, and Ronde Island is a beautiful small one that was recently written up by a platform for Irish gaming as an option for people who win lucrative lotteries. The island is going for $100 million, but can still be visited for now.
4. Scuba Sites
There are a lot of things to see scuba diving in Grenada, including wrecks, natural attractions, and more. Carriacou is perhaps the best place to go diving there, as it has both reefs and wrecks aplenty, though the main attraction overall is probably Grenada’s “Sculpture Park.”
This is basically a set of sculptures that were essentially sunk and anchored in 2006 to serve as an interesting underwater attraction as well as a sort of artificial coral reef. The sculptures are a little bit eerie, but they make for a fun dive, and it’s interesting to imagine how people might regard them decades or even centuries from now.
5. Fort George
It wouldn’t be a proper Caribbean island if it didn’t have some military history. Fort George was built originally by the French in the 17th and 18th centuries, but was later renamed for King George III (the same King George the American colonies overthrew) when the British gained control of Grenada. It has essentially been an operational fort ever since, and while it’s no longer expected to protect the city from naval threats, it does serve as the headquarters for the Royal Grenada Police. Still, you can see it from much fo St. George’s, and you can tour some of the older parts of it.