Stretches of untouched land, white sand beaches, and crystal clear water. What more could a vacationer ask for? The high-season (January to April) is the driest and less humid, making it the perfect destination for us farm girls who love to vacation this time of year. When visiting Grenada, its unparalleled hospitality is just one of the many reasons travelers flock to this enchanting island. From the flavorful cuisine to a culture that’s rich in well-preserved history, here are 8 reasons why a trip to the Spice of the Caribbean is a must.
Step Back in Time at Dougaldston Estate
Gouyave, Grenada is home to the Dougaldston Estate – a historical spice plantation that helped Grenada earn its nickname as the Spice of the Caribbean. Although the plant is partially abandoned, visitors are able to take part in demonstrations on how the spices were processed and harvested many years ago. Depending on the time of year, attendees can touch, smell, and taste the assortment of spices, including cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, and cloves. It’s a truly unique experience that entails taking a glimpse back into time and learning more about the industry that drives the island’s economy.
A Stunning National Park
The interior of the island is where travelers will find Grand Etang National Park. It’s world-renowned for its breathtaking scenery, from the Grand Etang Lake to its scenic hiking trails. Guided tours, such as the Concord Falls Trail, will take hikers through native plants, rainforests, and swimming areas. Located high in the mountains, those who make the trek won’t be disappointed by this national park’s gorgeous waterfalls and the serenity of being in the midst of nature.
A Relaxing Lunch with a View
After taking a stroll along the pristine L’anse Aux Epines Beach, lunch at Bash Restaurant inside the Calabash Hotels and Villas is in order. They specialize in the midday meal, thanks to the head chef who infuses traditional Grenadian ingredients into savory dishes, such as the pumpkin and goat cheese risotto and the battered butterfish burger. Diners are able to take in the views of the ocean while relaxing in this restaurant’s quiet and charming open-air lounge.
Behold the Underwater Museum
A tourist attraction that should be at the top of every traveler’s itinerary is the Underwater Sculpture Park in Moliniere Bay in the capital of St. George’s. British artist Jason deCaires Taylor created this submerged masterpiece that includes 65 sculptures surrounded by a dazzling, artificial reef. Adventure lovers can snorkel or scuba dive at the attraction to get an up-close peek at each life-size figure, while glass-bottomed boat tours are perfect for families who want to enjoy this underwater exhibit.
Enjoy a Piece of History at the Grenada National Museum
Dating back to the late 1700s, the Grenada National Museum once housed a warehouse and three hotels. Today, the museum showcases exhibits and artifacts from the African slaves who were brought to the island by the French and English, whaling and fishing keepsakes and treasures from colonial times. To make the visit truly unique, the museum puts on live performances on the second Friday of each month, complete with poetry readings, dancing and jazz concerts.
Glorious Beaches That Are Perfect for R&R
More than 45 immaculate beaches can be found on the island, and one of the most well-known just so happens to be Grand Anse Beach. Despite its popularity, this beach is far from being overcrowded, and beachgoers can rest assured that they’ll have hours of uninterrupted rest and relaxation under the sun.
Indulge in a Doubles
Doubles originated from Trinidad and Tobago, but the fried deliciousness has become a staple in Grenada, as well. The breakfast consists of a fried flatbread that’s jam-packed with spicy chickpea curry, pickled green mango, and doused with tamarind and hot pepper sauce. Just one bite will automatically set taste buds on fire.
There’s Something for Everyone at Fort Frederick
Traveling up Richmond Hill leads to Fort Frederick. It was built in the 1770s and is in still in decent condition. Visitors will be hypnotized by the sweeping, 360 degrees view of St. George’s and the Carribean Sea, but the fort itself is a sight to be seen. Well-preserved, backward facing cannons are still in place as they were hundreds of years ago to protect St George’s from potential land attacks from its enemies.
These 8 attractions and excursions are perfect for first-time and repeat travelers of the island. By following this itinerary, a trip to Grenada is guaranteed to be the most memorable and fascinating experience!