Posted by Carib Autos on March 15, 2020 at 04:33 PM
Grenada, also known as the “Spice Isles” is composed of beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, and dramatic waterfalls!
The island of Grenada looks as if it was taken straight from a postcard, so no wonder more and more holiday goers are visiting each year. In 2019 alone, over 500,000 people visited Grenada, compared to 168,000 two years prior! (2017)
So, in this blog post, we are going to share with you ‘8 Reasons Why The Island Of Grenada Is Your Dream Holiday Destination!’
The island of Grenada is covered with picturesque sandy beaches- 45 to be exact! With a mix of white and black sandy beaches, there is plenty to discover, and all beaches are accessible for public use.
If you are looking for the ultimate private escape and don’t mind renting a vehicle, then you will want to visit L'ance aux Epines, St. Patrick's or St. David's. (For more information on rental cars, visit our fleet page)
The most popular beach is the ‘Grand Anse Beach’ (only 5 minutes away from the Carib Autos offices!) located on two miles of white sand. As the beach is located on the western side of the island, it is well known for having the calmest conditions, sheltered from high waves, strong currents and winds.
There are a total of 45 beaches on the island of Grenada (with the exception of a few hidden treasures!) with Grand Anse being the most popular, making the others much more tranquil and more suited for relaxation.
The most well-known beaches of Grenada include:
- Grand Anse Beach
- Morne Rouge Beach
- La Sagesse Beach
- Bathway Beach
- Levera Beach
- Sauteurs Beach
Grenada has a vast and tasty selection of foods you must try whilst on your trip, ranging from savory dishes to sweet treats. Grenada is able to produce many kinds of fruits and vegetables, due to the year-round sunshine and warm weather. Being an island, if you have a taste for seafood, you are in the right place!
The island’s national dish is called ‘Oil Down’. This delicious meal consists of meat (usually chicken or fish), local-style dumplings, breadfruit, green fig, sweet potato, dasheen, and callaloo amongst some other vegetables. This particular meal is usually cooked on an open fire and is the go-to meal for social gatherings.
Some other savory dishes include:
- Fried Bake & Saltfish Souse
- Cou Cou Pois
- Callaloo Soup
- Goat Curry
When it comes to sweet treats, the locals love to indulge! Some of the favorites include Coconut Drops, Cocoa Tea, Fudge, Sweet Potato Pone & Nutmeg Ice Cream.
Be prepared to end your trip with a very full and more than satisfied stomach!
Grenada is home to multiple licensed distilleries, one of which is the oldest working estate in the Caribbean (River Antoine Rum Distillery). The Grenada Sugar Factory makes the most popular spirit on the island- Clarke's Court Pure White Rum. It is 69% abv, making it perfect as a shot or with soda. When mixed with a Carib Beer, it makes the ‘Grenadian Shandy’.
Music Of Grenada
When it comes to music, Grenadians know how to enjoy themselves! Popular music of Grenada includes:
- Calypso music
- Soca music
- And to a lesser extent Reggae and Dancehall.
Soca produced in Grenada has a distinct style taking on the name of 'jab jab' soca. The island is also well known for jazz, most notably including Eddie Bullen, a pianist, songwriter and record producer currently residing in Canada.
Grenada has a host of yearly festivals, from kite flying to their most popular- Carnival! This calypso-infused street party comes to the country during the month of August. This festival celebrates the emancipation of slaves. The Sunday night celebrations continue into the early morning hours on Monday. On Monday a carnival pageant is held on stage at Queen's Park, where costumes, themes, and calypso queens are judged. On Tuesday, St. George's vibrates to the sounds of the calypso steel bands as they parade through the streets.
The island of Grenada is home to a vast and deep rainforest environment. If you like hiking in the rainforest, bird watching, wildlife, or photographing nature, then the Grand Etang Forest Reserve is for you. If you stop and listen, you can hear the sounds of its diverse wildlife.
In addition to tropical flowers, ferns, and orchids, you may come across an armadillo! If nature is where you feel most at peace and you love experiencing the great outdoors, then Grenada is definitely the place to visit.
Nicknamed the ‘Spice Isles’ it is no surprise that Grenada is home to a lot of spice and everything nice! Grenada offers many spice tours, where you can learn more about the history, where the plants grow and even take part in a culinary tasting tour. You can see the spices go from plant to table!
The island of Grenada is one of the world's top producers and exporters of some of the most common spices found in many North American homes, including nutmeg, mace, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, pimento (allspice), bay leaf, and ginger.
Underwater Sculpture Park
Are you a fan of snorkeling or diving? You are going to love the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park! One of the most popular sculptures is the ‘Vicissitudes’, a life-sized sculpture of children holding hands in a circle (pictured above). Grenada’s underwater sculpture park is located in Molinere Bay and was the world’s first. The sculptures may look old, but they were actually built in 2006 by sculptor and environmentalist Jason deCaires Taylor.
Taylor made the sculptures as a reminder for people to take care of our oceans and that even though most of it goes unseen, we must remember that it is still there.
Grenada St George’s
Grenada St George’s is located near the southwest tip of the island and St. George’s is the capital city of the Caribbean island of Grenada. The town is surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater and is on a horseshoe-shaped harbor.
The town is home to St George’s University, which since the 1970s has trained thousands of American physicians.
Some of the main sites in St George’s include:
- St. Margaret's Falls
- Roman Catholic cathedral
- Anglican church
- Fort George
- Grenada National Museum
There you have it! 8 Reasons Why Your Next Holiday Destination Is Grenada. With beautiful beaches, delicious dishes and more ways to relax than you can count, what are you waiting for!
Don’t forget, if you are looking to make the most out of the trip, make sure to use Carib Autos for all your rental needs!
Here you can find lots of information on the island of Grenada! Whether it be the top things to do in Grenada, the best beaches of Grenada or the best time of year to visit to make the most of the Grenada weather, we talk about it all!