September 15th, 2019 | Updated on September 17th, 2019
Grenada is one of the most delightful Caribbean islands, yet the lesser-known as well. It is a state in the southeastern Caribbean consisting of one main island and six smaller islands.
Spread across 134.6 sq. mi and has an estimated population of 107,317 according to statistical reports in 2017-18.
Also known as the ‘Spice Isle’ because of its nutmeg production. Grenada received approximately 63 times less tourist footfall compared to Hawaii according to 2018’s statistics.
If you are a person with wanderlust, looking for something off the beaten-path, want to avoid the sea of tourists and wish to experience the friendliest native population, think no more! Grenada has to be your next travel destination, and believe me you will not regret making this decision.
Without further ado, let me give you some more convincing (read legit) reasons to have Grenada on top of your travel bucket list now:
1. Best Beaches In The World
The Caribbean is known for its stunning beaches and Grenada does justice to this reputation. Grenada has over 41 beaches, some of them very calm with a longer coastline whereas others need to be hunted down from across a thick jungle, perfect for an adventurer.
The most famous one is the Grand Anse Beach stretching across two miles of the coastline. It usually opens at 8 AM and closes at 7 PM. The beach is a beauty to look at with sherbet white sand and turquoise waters and on top of that, less crowded, unlike other Caribbean beaches.
2. Incredible Underwater Artwork
It won’t be wrong to say that the beauty of Grenada is unmatched, with stunning beaches, lush mountains, white sands, great people and it only gets better as you go beneath the surface. A famous saying goes, the biggest treasures lie deep beneath the surface, fits these sculptures perfectly.
All you need to do is dive down to the seafloor to discover this beauty. There is a one of a kind sculpture park just beneath the surface. Some of the most famous ones are Vicissitudes, a circle of children holding hands and The Lost Correspondent, a sculpture of a man working at a desk on his typewriter some seven meters below the surface.
Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor created most of the artworks found in the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park. The underwater sculpture museum opened for public in 2006.
3. Outdoor Adventures At Grand Etang National Park
This large blossomed rainforest is a great attraction for adventure seekers. Located high up in the mountains almost 1700+ feet above sea-level, with a once-active volcano, housing a 30-acre crater lake, and miles-long hiking tracks is an adventurer’s dream come true.
The rainforest is famous for Mona monkeys, red-necked pigeons, possums, and Grenada’s national bird, doves. It opens for visitors from 8:30 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon and the admission ticket costs $2 only.
For all the hiking enthusiasts out there, the park also houses the beautiful Seven Sisters Waterfall. It takes about 45 minutes of hiking through the rainforest to get there and the view is definitely worth the long trek.
4. Great Food And Drinks
Grenada is a hidden gem and still unspoiled by mass tourism. Rightfully known as the ‘Spice Isle’. Grenada is one of the world’s largest exporters of spices like nutmeg.
The must-try cuisines are Stewed Lambie at Coconut beach and Oil Down (breadfruit stew) from roadside joints. The ones who crave spicier foods can look for curried chicken-filled roti made with a locally prepared rum. Restaurants like The Nutmeg Bar offer some of the best authentic Caribbean Cuisine and open access to the internet so you can share your experience with the world.
5. Grenada’s Rich Culture
Grenada is proud of its incredibly rich culture, historic sites, and charismatic festivals. People of Grenada are the friendliest and always on the lookout to make your experience their reason for pride. Be it a small Kite festival or a grand carnival (Spicemas Grenada Carnival) in August on the island of Carriacou, Grenada sure has a lot to offer to anyone visiting at any time of the year.
For chocolate lovers out there, mark your calendars! The Grenada Chocolate Festival happens in May every year!
6. River Tubing
If you thought Grenada is ever coming slow, then let me break this to you, it will not! Grenada has one of the most thrilling river tubing experience at Balthazar River, also known as Grenada’s Great River, definitely for the right reasons.
The river flows between the exotic flower-filled rainforest, surrounded by the historical Balthazar Estate which any native would feel pride in walking you through. So take the tipsy-turvy ride through the river and enjoy exotic wildlife and stunning scenery with the right amount of adrenaline rush.
7. The Waterfalls
Who doesn’t get mesmerized by mighty waterfalls? Grenada has a lot to offer here too. It houses more than 12 waterfalls with the tallest being 70 ft. in height. It takes a humid hike through the rainforest to get to them. However, a dive in the chilly waters afterward will take all the exhaustion away.
If this didn’t make your mind, then what will? Grenada is the place to be! Perfect for those who are always confused between the sea and the stunning mountains. Guess what, Grenada has both to offer with lodgings very affordable.
So don’t think too much, mark your calendars, do your research and make sure you have the best vacation of your life.