Region & Time Zone: Caribbean, Atlantic Time Zone (GMT -4)
Passport Required: Yes
Languages Spoken: English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Power: UK-style 3-prong plug at 220 volts
A little background
Located in the southeastern Caribbean Sea just northwest of Trinidad and Tobago lies the small island nation of Grenada - a country known as the world's second-largest producer of Nutmeg and the place that pioneered organic cocoa. Grenada's unique culture creates a charming and fun atmosphere on the island for both tourists and visitors to enjoy. Each year in July, the Spicemas Carnival takes place, and is worth visiting if you find yourself on the island for complete immersion in Grenadian culture. Grenada offers so much more than just beaches and carnivals, with plenty of museums and historical monuments for all types of world travelers to enjoy.
Grand Anse Beach
For such a small island, Grenada has a disproportionately large number of beaches - with 45 beautiful, clean beaches on which to relax. None, however, can really compare to Grand Anse Beach - a 2-mile long beach just a short distance from the capital of Saint George. Grand Anse beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island and offers kayaking, para sailing, and water skiing, among other activities. The water here is so clear that kayaks often look as if they are floating in the air just above the water.
Grenada National Museum
For insight into Grenada's rich and diverse history, check out the Grenada National Museum in the capital city of Saint George. Exhibits on the island's discovery, settlement, and place in world trade (among others) provide a broad look into Grenada. Even if you know nothing about the island at the beginning of your trip, after visiting the national museum you will be well informed.
The effort required to walk to the top of the fort pays off as soon as you see the view from Fort George! Originally constructed by the French around 1710, today the fort serves as a testament to 18th century architecture and Grenada's history. From the top of Fort George, visitors are treated to views of the Capital, St George, Grand Anse Beach, and the tranquil, clear waters of the Caribbean.
Hyde Park Tropical Garden
A real hidden gem in the middle of St George, Hyde Park Tropical Garden is a must-see for nature lovers who come to Grenada. The garden is situated on one and a half acres, overlooking the Port of St George and some of the town. This well-maintained private garden is home to rare varieties of plants including orchids. As this is a private garden, prior arrangement is required for a tour, which takes about an hour. Arrangements can be made through your hotel concierge once on-island.
Seven Sisters Falls
One of the most beautiful sites in the Grenadian Rain forest, the Seven Sisters falls consist of seven waterfalls which empty into small, beautiful pools. If you're so inclined, you can even swim in these pools of clear, cool Caribbean water. Be sure to pack hiking shoes or sneakers you don't mind getting muddy, as well as some water and snacks - as getting to the falls requires a bit of a hike! On average, most complete the hike through the rain forest in about 50 minutes.