Grenada Travel Guide
Known as The Spice Isle, Grenada has long been associated with the production of nutmeg. When it was struck by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, this island nation was devastated, as much of its production was wiped out.
Recovery in this sector has been strong, and with a growing tourism economy, the future is bright for this beautiful place. From 300 year old forts, to isolated and windswept beaches, travelers will find plenty to discover on this amazing Caribbean island.
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollars
Languages: English, French
What To Do
Grenada has a number of fortifications that are of interest to travelers. Make Fort Frederick your first stop. Constructed in 1779 by the French, it ended up being used primarily by the British after conquering the island shortly after. Situated atop Richmond Hill, its panoramic views of St George’s make this place a must visit for avid photographers.
While it still bears the scars inflicted upon it by Hurricane Ivan, Fort George is also worth a visit. Built in 1705, it sits 175 feet above St George’s, granting plenty of great photo opportunities as well.
Fort George has been involved in a number of conflicts over its life, starting with the Seven Years War in the 18th century, and ending with the US invasion of Grenada in 1983.
The latter conflict was triggered by the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, which took place within the walls of this fort.
What to see how cocoa is grown and harvested? Paying a visit to Belmont Estate will allow you to learn about this process. Around since the 17th century, this estate was originally owned by Europeans.
However, an East Indian family purchased this farm in 1944, who continues to run operations nowadays. Production was traditionally split between nutmeg and cocoa, but the operation was diversified into other areas after Hurricane Ivan and Emily struck in 2004 and 2005. Adding an organic farm and flower garden recently, it is an attraction that is well worth your time.
Get out into the wilderness of Grenada by going on a hike to Seven Sisters Falls. The trek in takes about 45 minutes, with the trail passing through plantations that are filled with banana, nutmeg and cocoa trees along the way.
When you arrive at Seven Sisters, the plunge pool of the falls is swimmable, but don’t forget your flip-flops at home, as the bottom can contain sharp rocks in spots.
While the spice plantations and other attractions will keep you occupied for part of your Grenada vacation, there are many beaches worth experiencing that will take up the rest of your time. Grand Anse Beach is considered by many to be one of the best beaches on the island.
Three kilometres long and sheltered from prevailing winds, its waters are excellent for families with children and those looking to participate in water sports.
If you are looking for something a bit more secluded and wild, then Levera Beach is where you’ll want to go. Mangrove swamps and turtle nesting sites can be found here, and with hardly a person in sight, you’ll be glad you came here.
Want to live out your deserted island fantasies? Book a day trip to Sandy Island. Declared a nature reserve after Hurricane Ivan completely destroyed it, the only human presence nowadays is brought in by catamaran during daylight hours.
With crystal clear water, lazy palms, and the lack of the buzz found in settled places, it is a getaway that any stressed-out traveler should experience on a holiday in Grenada.
What to Eat
A significant portion of Grenada’s population can trace its origins to India. Aloo Pie is a snack that originated from this community, but has come to find widespread acceptance among all islanders.
Shaped like a samosa, but bigger, Aloo pie is a pastry that is stuffed with spiced and mashed potatoes along with chickpeas. It is then fried in oil before being served with a sweet and sour chutney sauce.
If you want to sample the national dish of Grenada, be sure to ask for some Oil Down at a local restaurant. A one-pot meal that is the very definition of Caribbean comfort food, versions of this dish can vary from cook to cook, but it usually contains chicken, pork, fish, a variety of vegetables, banana, breadfruit, and loads of spices and seasonings.
Looking for a sweet ending to your meal? Order some Grenadian Spice Cake. Seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice, it is an experience that your taste buds won’t soon forget.