Things to Do in Grenada
Grenada, also known as the Spice Island, is truly an underrated gem of the Caribbean. Nestled away in the Southern Caribbean is Grenada and the Grenadines, a small and beautiful trio of islands. You will get to experience all of the beauty of the Caribbean without the swarms of tourists you often find in northern islands like the Bahamas and Jamaica. You can easily reach Grenada on a cruise ship or via a direct flight from North America.
House of Chocolate
The House of Chocolate is a DIY interactive mini-museum showcasing the history of chocolate in Grenada. You can grind your own cocoa and watch chocolates being made onsite. The House of Chocolate also has a cafe that sells other treats like ice cream, cakes, and drinks. Do yourself a favor and try the mouthwatering chocolate cheesecake! It also has a small boutique shop with an array of things made with cocoa in Grenada.
Clarke’s Court Distillery
When it comes to exported Grenadian-made rum, one name has dominated over the last two decades: Clarke’s Court. The brand is the flagship of Grenada Distiller’s Ltd., the country’s largest rum distillery — at least till Renegade Rum starts producing.
For only 2 USD, I tasted a wide selection of rums, ranging from the most modern blends to the most aged and rarer rums.
The Spice Market
Grenada earned its title as the Isle of Spice for its plethora of cinnamon, saffron, cloves, pimento, and their chief export, nutmeg. You would be remiss to leave the Spice Island without bringing home some spices. In the Spice Market, you will find a variety of spices and products produced by local vendors. It’s a great place to go souvenir shopping for mini spice baskets, cinnamon, and Nut-Med.
Walk along the Carenage
The Carenage: A horseshoe shaped promenade that is a joy to behold. It fringes St George’s Harbour with pretty hillside-borne buildings and winding streets and alleys. From every point it is possible to look across the water and see another part of the harbour, past boats bobbing at their moorings or ambling to and fro.ettings.
Snorkelling and Diving
The Underwater Sculpture Park is a major snorkelling attraction in Grenada. It was the first of Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater gardens to be created, and widely acclaimed as the first of its kind. The snorkel site is now listed as one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World. Local sculptors have added to deCaire’s original collection and the snorkel park promotes fascinating conversations about the history and culture of Grenada.
The sculptures cover an underwater area of around 800 square metres, and are placed in sand patches and gullies between natural rock formations. Perfect for snorkelling, they sit at depths of 5-9 metres – easy to view as you float above. Confident snorkelers can dive down for a closer look.
Grenada Turtle Watching
If your visit to Grenada is scheduled between March and June, then you could be lucky enough to witness the spectacle of the leatherback turtles visiting the island.
The leatherback turtle is the largest of the sea turtle family. At up to 6 foot long and weighing up to 2000 lbs, witnesses cannot fail to be astounded by the size and the presence of this giant marine reptile.
Leatherback turtles travel up to 10,000 miles per year as they traverse the world’s oceans seeking food, mates and their egg laying beach – the very same beach that they were born on several years before. Yes, nature really is that amazing! Their shell is soft as leather and is quite unique in that it does not have plates as you might expect to see on other turtle species and even tortoises.
Kayaking in Grenada
Kayaking in Grenada is a magical experience. You paddle a little, then drift lazily over crystal clear waters above coral reefs and around mangroves. The complex coastline of Southern Grenada entices you to explore its natural wonders. This is the joy of kayaking in the Caribbean Sea. If you can swim and you want to explore where only a boat can go, then kayaking is your chance. Our kayaking trips include full training for the novice kayaker and take you around the convoluted coastline around Woburn and Calavigny Bays. This area is not only beautiful, it is rich in diverse wildlife. Whilst you drift over aquamarine seas you are surrounded by pristine and relatively undisturbed natural areas of great beauty.
Rain Forest and Mountains
Grenada’s rainforest environment: Heliconia plants glow bright red amongst deep greenery, with bamboo and mahogany trees everywhere. Stop and listen to the murmuring of the rainforest and its tropical wildlife. This is the Grand Etang. If you like hiking, bird watching, wildlife, or photographing nature, then the Grand Etang Forest Reserve is for you.
1,740 feet above sea level, is the glorious Grand Etang Lake. This is an extinct volcano’s crater, naturally filled with water. Look across the lake and hear the constant song of tropical wildlife. Trails lead around the lake and head off into the rainforest-covered interior. You pass tropical flowers, ferns, and orchids. You may see an armadillo or the Lesser Antillean Tanager. Nearby, the Grand Étang Forest Centre has a forest ranger, to advise on trails, hiking, and trekking tours.
Flavours of the Spice Island
In Grenada, make sure to try oil down, a one-pot dish made from coconut milk, meat, spices, and breadfruit. Sample creamy callaloo soup, made with coconut milk and the local dasheen leaf, and the ubiquitous Indian-inspired roti (a wrap stuffed with spicy meat).
The land of crab demands that you try crab back, baked crab flesh mixed with spices. Wash it down with some ruby-red sorrel drink, best had with a dash of white rum. Don’t forget Grenada’s beloved cocoa tea and nutmeg ice cream.