The port area is by far the most bustling and built-up part of this Southern Caribbean island, and the commercial heart of its capital town of St. George’s. Some shops and restaurants around the harbor provide limited browsing, although it's nothing to compare with the more developed islands. Adventurous types find that Grenada’s real charms lie off the grid and in the jungle, where local guides are ready to share the hidden streams for tubing, aromatic spice plants growing semi-wild, and ever-ready bottles of wickedly strong overproof island rum.
What We Love
Spice Island: It’s not just a clever nickname. Grenada is known for its spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Buy them at the market or book a tour to a spice farm.
Photo Ops: Fort Frederick is a great historic structure, and the panoramic views of town and bay are the perfect background for selfies.
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Beach Hopping: Grand Anse Beach is the most famous on the island and most convenient to the harbor. It can get crowded during high season. For a more peaceful scene, head to Magazine Beach.
Underwater Art: The most unexpected spot is the underwater sculpture park in Molinere Bay. You can view the sculptures from above while snorkeling, or do a shallow scuba dive to get up close.
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Who It's Best For
Soft Adventurers: From bike rides to creek tubing to waterfall swims, Grenada offer lots of options for active travelers, with a wide variety of degree of difficulty.
Conversationalists: The guides here are seriously friendly, and they don’t stand on formality. They’ll want to tell you stories, pull over to show you spice plants, and perhaps share shots of rum.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Strong Rays: The sun is incredibly powerful here. You will burn quickly if you aren’t careful, especially if you take one of the popular open-top jeep rides.
Underdeveloped: This is not as prosperous an island as others in the Caribbean. Roads can be rough and infrastructure lacking outside the main port.
Lena Katz is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Brides.