Grenada

Crystal clear waters and verdant rainforests on the isle of spice

Overview

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.

Beach Life

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.

Adrenaline junkie?

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.


Low Season Saving

35%


Tourist:Local Ratio

Peak Season

Low Season

2:1
1:1


Flight Time from UK

11 hours

Low Season Months

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
27°C
222mm
8hrs
Jul
27°C
224mm
7hrs
Aug
27°C
216mm
7hrs
Sep
27°C
195mm
8hrs
Oct
27°C
234mm
7hrs
Nov
27°C
253mm
7hrs
Dec

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Top Experiences

Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve

Three different falls are accessible from the park headquarters. Check out the beautiful flora en route. Grenada won 115 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in the past 20 years.

Snorkelling

As if octopus and parrot fish are not enough, check out the world's first underwater sculpture park, created by British artist Jason deCaires.

St George’s

Possibly the world’s prettiest capital. Climb Fort George for stunning views of the port. Don’t miss the amazing chocolate factory and the bustling fruit and vegetable, at its peak on a Saturday morning.

Insider Tips

  • Go out and harvest cocoa in the fields with cocoa farmers and make your own chocolate bars. Or for another fix, try the fabulously rich hot drinks at House of Chocolate.
  • Visit a spice plantation and pick your own spices. Nutmeg, mace, cinnamon and ginger grow in abundance – Grenada is not called the spice isle for nothing!
  • Chat to the locals, it’s hard not too, whether you run into friendly neighbours at the rum shop, on the bus, playing beach cricket with families on a Saturday or church on a Sunday.

Good To Know

  • A hint for visiting Carriacou and Petit Martinique…..we suggest flying from the main island, it is quick and the aerial views are incredible. Then, for the return journey, take the ferry for a different perspective, and see how green the rainforest covered isle looks as you approach.
  • Pick up a local copy of the Lime & Dine book, found in most hotels for a summary of live music and entertainment in the local bars
  • Visit Esther’s, the best little bar on the beach, and the perfect spot for a sundowner. Just be aware that the sun sets slightly later in September than in the spring….time to squeeze in one more round?

Food & Drink

Oil Down

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The national dish of Grenada. This delicious stew comprises breadfruit, salted meat, chicken, dumplings, and vegetables such a callaloo. Hearty and flavoured with local spices, the base is a thick coconut milk.

Smoke Food

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A speciality of Carriacou served at any important event from festivals to funerals, smoke food is cooked outdoors and is made up of a variety of stewed meats and fish served altogether with rice and cou cou.

Land Crab Backs

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Not surprisingly fish and seafood abound, but don’t miss the Grenadian crab backs. Similar in taste to the sea bound variety, the land crab meat is mixed with spices (of course) and then stuffed back into the shell, covered with breadcrumbs and baked. Yum.

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