Remember being a kid and reading ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and thinking….maybe it wouldn’t be all bad? Well okay, at 120 square miles maybe Grenada isn’t quite desert island size, but it is wonderfully accessible and easy to get around; a sun-soaked playground waiting for its next adventurer.
September and October are considered off peak and would be Low Season Traveller’s preferred time to visit to snag the best deals and avoid the crowds. Temperatures remain high, averaging 32 degrees during the day with balmy nights in the mid 20s. Miles of stunning, palm fringed golden beaches mean plenty of space for the off-peaker to kick back and relax, such as the exquisite two mile stretch at Grand Anse, Conde Nast’s ‘best beach in the world’ pick for 2019. While you are likely to experience greater rainfall than during the dry spring months, showers are sporadic and often heavier inland. It’s important to note that Grenada lies outside of the Caribbean’s infamous hurricane belt and experiences very little of the severe weather than affects other islands.
Had enough of the sun-lounger? Head into the warm crystal blue waters for some amazing and varied diving and snorkelling opportunities. Schools of barracuda and rays as well as coral and sponges can be observed at close range. Low season divers might find decreased visibility due to weather patterns, but Grenada’s underwater activities are considered superb conditions at any time of year. For land based adventures, turn towards to the island’s lush rainforest, more verdant than ever in the off peak period towards the end of the year. Lose yourself along the many trails which vary from a gentle stroll, to a near vertical climb. Guided hikes are available for those you prefer to be accompanied by a local expert. One of Low Season Travellers’ favourites is the 1.25 mile hike to Seven Sisters Falls, the heavier rainfall of the autumn months means the falls are fuller than usual at this time of year.
Carriacou & Petite Martinque
Did you know that Grenada is not just a single land mass? It is actually a tri-island state, made up of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. These last two lie to the north of the main island and are much smaller at 13 square miles and 0.8 square miles respectively. A daily ferry service from the harbour in the capital St. George’s, carries you to these two picturesque islands, which offer surprising cultural diversity from Grenada itself. Hang out with the locals who visit Carriacou for their own holidays when their tourist season work is over for a good old ‘lime’ (the wonderful Caribbean term for chilling out). Choose to climb Petite Martinque’s highest peak, the 750 feet Piton, or just watch the world go by in your extraordinarily beautiful surroundings. However, perhaps it is the tiny islands around Carriacou and Petite Martinque where the Castaway vibe really comes alive…..uninhabited, white sands dots of land where you can hang a hammock and call your space your very own. Robinson Crusoe would be proud.