The Ultimate Guide to Grenada in the Caribbean

Grenada, known as the “Spice Isle,” is a vibrant gem of an island nestled in the Southern Caribbean Sea, famed for its sprawling spice plantations, lush rainforests, and some of the most breathtaking beaches you’ll ever see. And my favorite part about this island? How UNDERRATED IT IS. You won’t find touristy masses here, but rather untouched beauty, luxurious accomodations, and super-friendly people. It’s safe, secluded, and ultra-relaxing. So whether you’re a beach lover, foodie, or adventurer, Grenada offers a little bit of magic for everyone. Here’s your ultimate guide to exploring the island of Grenada, from how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, and what to do when you’re there!

How to Get to Grenada

Getting to Grenada is easier than you might think. With flights from major cities in North America and Europe, you can swap city skylines for sunset views over the Caribbean in no time with regular flights from major cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. We flew through Miami on American and it was so easy! The Maurice Bishop International Airport, located in the capital city of St. George’s, serves as the main gateway to the island. And from there, everything is within easy reach! It’s not too big of an island, so your hotel won’t be too far from the airport (which is nice!). Airlines such as American Airlines, Delta, Canada, and British Airways offer frequent flights, making it convenient to start your tropical getaway. Upon arrival, you can get a ride with my go-to transportation driver on the island- Dwayne with Sweet Grenada Tours ([email protected]) – he’s the BEST and is the best way to get around the island!

 

Where to Stay in Grenada

Whether you’re after five-star luxury or a quaint beachside bungalow, Grenada has the perfect hotels and resorts for you to call home base! Depending on your preferences (and budget) each place is unique and combines comfort with a hint of island flair, ensuring your stay is as relaxing as it is memorable. Here are the my recommendation on the best hotels in Grenada:

Silversands Grenada

Located on the world-renowned Grand Anse Beach, we had SO MUCH FUN staying here for a friend’s wedding! I was blown away by how much I loved this place. Silversands Grenada is a contemporary beachfront resort that gives you that sleek, modern luxury vibes. Think minimalist décor meets opulent comfort, with each room boasting uninterrupted views of the turquoise waters. The resort also features eight GORGEOUS private pool villas (highly recommend if you’re traveling with a group to the Caribbean!) AND the longest pool in the Caribbean, stretching over 100 meters! Absolutely perfect for a serene infinity pool swim.

We also looooved the food here! It definitely wasn’t cheap on property – but the quality in my opinion is well worth it. I’m still dreaming of the grilled shrimp tacos and decadent buffet breakfasts!

 

Six Senses Grenada

The brand new Six Senses in Grenada is perched on the clifftops of the Spice Island and features the most eco-luxury resort on the island. Suites and villas extend across 38 acres within the natural topography of the land, with great effort given to ensuring space, privacy, and uninterrupted views over the turquoise sea. If a villa with a private pool and ultra-luxurious digs is what you’re after (but you care less about direct beach access) this is the spot for you. 

Property Aerial View

Photo by Richard Mongoya

Silversands Beach House

a beach with houses and trees

Photo courtesy of Silversands Beach House

Framed by the lush Caribbean hillsides and azure waters of Portici Beach, the new Silversands Beach House is the epitome of island escapism in the Caribbean. Seek refuge in one of 28 intimate and intentionally designed, canopied accommodations. Become one with the island and enjoy the ultimate in relaxation – perfect for a Caribbean honeymoon!


Photo by @Nugsfield, Grenada connoisseur

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Spice Island Beach Resort

This family-run resort Spice Island Beach Resort has beautiful beachfront suites, and it’s an all-inclusive resort, so you can indulge in gourmet meals, premium drinks, and even spa treatments without worrying about the bill.

Photos courtesy of Spice Island Beach Resort

Where to Eat in Grenada

Grenada’s culinary scene is as diverse as its landscape. From roadside stalls serving up spicy, aromatic dishes to upscale restaurants with breathtaking views, the island caters to every palate. Here’s where to find the best bites that Grenada has to offer and a few must-visit spots:

The Aquarium Restaurant – this restaurant is GORGEOUS!!!! Go for sunset – or any time of day! Aquarium is known for its idyllic beachside location, and THE perfect spot for a leisurely Sunday brunch or a romantic dinner, featuring fresh seafood with a dreamy scenic ocean backdrop. The photos don’t even do this place justice!

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Asiatique at Silversands Thai food meets Caribbean flavor in this upscale restaurant at Silversands, where a 1,000-bottle wine cellar and craft cocktail menu complete the experience within a refined and yet relaxed atmosphere either indoors or on one of two terraces overlooking the gorgeous resort.


The Beach Club at Calabash 
– This beachfront gem serves an amazing mix of fresh seafood and rich Caribbean curries, all complemented by stunning ocean views. It’s the perfect spot for an unforgettable lunch or dinner with a lovely view of the bay!!

Patrick’s Local Homestyle Cooking Restaurant this popular local place offers a unique tapas-style dining experience, where you can taste a variety of traditional Grenadian dishes in one meal!!

Sails Restaurant & Bar – Sails offers a mix of seafood and grill dishes with a fantastic view of the bustling harbor and a lovely view of beautiful Grand Anse beach from the deck.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dodgy Dock Restaurant & Lounge Bar – if you’re looking for a very local, very Caribbean going out scene – dodgy dock is your spot!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Umbrellas Beach Bar – located just steps away from the sands of Grand Anse Beach, this casual eatery is great to grab a beer and enjoy some live music.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Laluna Restaurant – For those seeking a more secluded dining experience, Laluna offers an Italian-Caribbean menu in a romantic setting, perfect for special evenings. Best to come in the afternoon to catch an amazing view of the sunset!

 

What to Do in Grenada

There’s more to Grenada than just beautiful beaches!! Dive into the vibrant local culture, hike through lush rainforests, or snorkel in clear blue waters. Whatever your pace, Grenada has an activity to match. Here are my top picks to make every day of your visit unforgettable.

 

 

 

Snorkel in the Underwater Sculpture Park

Begin your Grenadian adventure by exploring the famous Underwater Sculpture Park, an ecological art created by Jason deCaires Taylor, featuring life-sized statues that meld with the marine environment. This site offers a unique snorkeling or diving experience as you swim alongside schools of fish that dart through the art installations. It’s such a visual treat!! And also a critical habitat for marine life.

Visit the River Antoine Rum Distillery

A must on any trip to the Caribbean – RUM TASTING! Discover the rich history of Grenada’s rum production with a visit to the River Antoine Rum Distillery. As the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean, River Antoine offers tours where you can see the original water wheel in action, and learn how rum has been made since the late 1700s. The visit isn’t complete without sampling their distinctively strong rums, of course, which are a proud presentation of Grenada’s heritage.

 

 

Grand Etang National Park

Nature lovers will enjoy a hike through Grand Etang National Park, with stunning waterfalls, a serene crater lake, and a chance to spot wildlife like the Mona monkey and exotic birds including the Antillean crested hummingbird. The lush rainforest not only promises fresh air and spectacular views but also an up close experience of Grenada’s wildlife

Belmont Estate Chocolate Dream

Chocolate is synonymous with Grenada, and a tour of the Belmont Estate provides a deep dive into its cocoa cultivation history. Learn about the journey from bean to bar, and see firsthand the traditional processes of fermentation and drying. The highlight is a chocolate-making workshop where you can try your hand at crafting your own chocolate, guided by skilled chocolatiers. 

Grenada Great River Tubing Adventure

For the thrill-seekers, the Grenada Great River Tubing on the Balthazar River offers a fun ride through the rainforest! Navigate the twists and turns of the river surrounded by stunning tropical greenery. The adventure includes moments of relaxation in natural pools and a celebratory rum punch to toast to your daring exploits.

 

 

Sailing Excursion

Lastly, set off on a Sailing Excursion along Grenada’s picturesque coastline. Enjoying a private charter is not only about relaxation and taking in the sun; it also includes snorkeling opportunities in vibrant coral reefs. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a newbie, the tranquility of the open sea combined with the beauty of the coastline is definitely a great addition to your Grenada trip.

 

 

From underwater art galleries to rum tasting and river tubing, Grenada offers a ton of activities for your Caribbean getaway. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Grenada has something special for every traveler. 

Enjoy the Beach

And don’t forget to enjoy Grenada’s amazing beaches!! Grand Anse Beach is the most iconic, with its two miles of white sand and a plethora of amenities, making it a favorite for both relaxation and activities. Sandy Island is a small, remote island known for its fantastic snorkeling sites in crystal-clear waters. It’s accessible only by boat, offering a more secluded and natural setting. Morne Rouge Beach, often referred to as BBC Beach, is perfect for those seeking calmer, shallow waters and a quieter atmosphere, ideal for families with younger kids. Magazine Beach is known for its vibrant scene, particularly on Sundays and weekends when locals gather for live reggae music and beach BBQs! Levera Beach, located in a national park, is great for nature lovers and is a prime spot for watching leatherback turtles during nesting season. Though swimming here can be challenging due to strong currents!! And lastly, Paradise Beach, which feels like it stretches on. Often often less crowded, and ideal for those seeking a more quiet, picturesque setting. This beach has shallow clear waters, few boats and few shops/bars. 

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