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Best Things To Do in Grenada

Grenada boasts the same alluring qualities as any other Caribbean island. The soft sands of Grand Anse Beach call to sun-seekers, while the numerous diving sites beckon to those who prefer a day under the waves. But once you set foot in St. George's or on the smaller islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique, you'll quickly realize that Grenada is not a cliché Caribbean getaway. To truly experience this one-of-a-kind place, sample some rum punch at the River Antoine Rum Distillery and savor the rich scent of nutmeg on a spice plantation tour.

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#1

#1 in Grenada

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Many travelers that have wandered the narrow streets of St. George's say that it's almost like walking through an oil painting. The vivid, brightly painted houses exude an aura of colonialism. In fact, Grenada's capital city—located on Grenada Island's southwestern shore—has earned the unofficial title of the most beautiful harbor town in the Caribbean.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
St. George's
Many travelers that have wandered the narrow streets of St. George's say that it's almost like walking through an oil painting. The vivid, brightly painted houses exude an aura of colonialism. In fact, Grenada's capital city—located on Grenada Island's southwestern shore—has earned the unofficial title of the most beautiful harbor town in the Caribbean.
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#2 in Grenada

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Frommer's describes Grand Anse as "the granddaddy" of Grenada's 45 beaches, but that's an understatement. This two-mile stretch of creamy-white sand overlooks a sheltered, azure-hued bay where bright red and yellow fishing boats burst with color. Numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops act as a convenient backdrop to this postcard-perfect scene, making this a great home base for sun-seeking visitors.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Grand Anse Beach
Frommer's describes Grand Anse as "the granddaddy" of Grenada's 45 beaches, but that's an understatement. This two-mile stretch of creamy-white sand overlooks a sheltered, azure-hued bay where bright red and yellow fishing boats burst with color. Numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops act as a convenient backdrop to this postcard-perfect scene, making this a great home base for sun-seeking visitors.
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#3

#3 in Grenada

When your tongue tingles for a taste of local libation, make your way to the River Antoine Rum Distillery. River Antoine has been churning out bottles of rum since 1785, making it the oldest functioning water-powered distillery in the Caribbean. Guided tours will lead you through the rum-making process, from the harvesting of sugar cane to the fermentation to the bottling process. After the tour, you'll be treated to a free sample, but be warned: This isn't your average liquor. "They make a rum so strong that it cannot be taken home on an airplane," writes one TripAdvisor user. "After trying it, I can understand why!" (River Antoine rum is produced in strengths of 138- and 150-proof. Should you want to bring some home, a less potent version is available for purchase.)
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
River Antoine Rum Distillery
When your tongue tingles for a taste of local libation, make your way to the River Antoine Rum Distillery. River Antoine has been churning out bottles of rum since 1785, making it the oldest functioning water-powered distillery in the Caribbean. Guided tours will lead you through the rum-making process, from the harvesting of sugar cane to the fermentation to the bottling process. After the tour, you'll be treated to a free sample, but be warned: This isn't your average liquor. "They make a rum so strong that it cannot be taken home on an airplane," writes one TripAdvisor user. "After trying it, I can understand why!" (River Antoine rum is produced in strengths of 138- and 150-proof. Should you want to bring some home, a less potent version is available for purchase.)
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#4 in Grenada

You can only spend so many hours lounging on the beach before you start to get restless; when that time comes, stretch your legs along the hiking trails in Grand Etang National Park. Occupying a large portion of central Grenada Island, Etang National Park and Forest Reserve teems with exotic wildlife. Grand Etang's full-time residents include armadillos, mona monkeys, and tropical mockingbirds. You're sure to encounter these magnificent creatures and more as you explore popular areas as Mount Qua Qua—known for its stunning views of the park—and the beautiful Grand Etang Lake. As one TripAdvisor user writes, "We've seen a lot of beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and South Pacific, but hiking down a rainforest filled with the aroma of fresh spices was absolutely incredible."
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Hiking Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Grand Etang National Park and Forest Preserve
You can only spend so many hours lounging on the beach before you start to get restless; when that time comes, stretch your legs along the hiking trails in Grand Etang National Park. Occupying a large portion of central Grenada Island, Etang National Park and Forest Reserve teems with exotic wildlife. Grand Etang's full-time residents include armadillos, mona monkeys, and tropical mockingbirds. You're sure to encounter these magnificent creatures and more as you explore popular areas as Mount Qua Qua—known for its stunning views of the park—and the beautiful Grand Etang Lake. As one TripAdvisor user writes, "We've seen a lot of beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and South Pacific, but hiking down a rainforest filled with the aroma of fresh spices was absolutely incredible."
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#5 in Grenada

If you're spending your Grenada getaway above the surface rather than below it, you're missing out on some truly spectacular scenery. More than 30 dive sites can be found off the coasts of Grenada Island, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique, including shipwrecks and coral reefs. One of the most popular dive sites, the Bianca C Ship Wreck, sits near Carriacou's shores. The Bianca C—a cruise liner that sank in 1961—has earned the nickname "Titanic of the Caribbean" due to its massive size. Meanwhile, Flamingo Bay's vivid coral and abundant marine life make for a more colorful dive.
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Diving
If you're spending your Grenada getaway above the surface rather than below it, you're missing out on some truly spectacular scenery. More than 30 dive sites can be found off the coasts of Grenada Island, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique, including shipwrecks and coral reefs. One of the most popular dive sites, the Bianca C Ship Wreck, sits near Carriacou's shores. The Bianca C—a cruise liner that sank in 1961—has earned the nickname "Titanic of the Caribbean" due to its massive size. Meanwhile, Flamingo Bay's vivid coral and abundant marine life make for a more colorful dive.
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#6 in Grenada

The Belmont Estate stands as just one of Grenada's many popular spice tours for those interested in learning about the island nation's rich flavors. This 300-year-old plantation specializes in such spices as ginger, pimento, turmeric, and nutmeg. While visiting the estate, you can see how these spices are processed, and wander through the 400-acre property's gardens, museum, and goat milk farm. And when the savory aromas start to make your tummy rumble, you can grab a bite to eat at the Belmont Estate restaurant.
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Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Belmont Estate & The Grenada Chocolate Company
The Belmont Estate stands as just one of Grenada's many popular spice tours for those interested in learning about the island nation's rich flavors. This 300-year-old plantation specializes in such spices as ginger, pimento, turmeric, and nutmeg. While visiting the estate, you can see how these spices are processed, and wander through the 400-acre property's gardens, museum, and goat milk farm. And when the savory aromas start to make your tummy rumble, you can grab a bite to eat at the Belmont Estate restaurant.
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#7

#7 in Grenada

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When it comes to souvenir shopping, you can't go wrong with a visit to Market Square. Located in the heart of St. George's, Market Square welcomes visitors and locals alike looking for handmade crafts, fresh produce, and, of course, spices. One TripAdvisor user calls the spice market the "best smelling market that I have ever been to!" However, some recent visitors warn that the vendors can be fairly aggressive.
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Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Market Square
When it comes to souvenir shopping, you can't go wrong with a visit to Market Square. Located in the heart of St. George's, Market Square welcomes visitors and locals alike looking for handmade crafts, fresh produce, and, of course, spices. One TripAdvisor user calls the spice market the "best smelling market that I have ever been to!" However, some recent visitors warn that the vendors can be fairly aggressive.
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#8

#8 in Grenada

Free
Nature-lovers will fall in love with La Sagesse, a former plantation nestled along a private estuary. Just be sure to bring your binoculars: According to the Grenada Tourism Board, La Sagesse Nature Center has some of the best bird-watching on the island. This region houses unique species as the Caribbean coot, the green-back heron, and the northern Jacuna. If you're not an avian enthusiast, La Sagesse also boasts a beautiful beach and numerous hiking trails, not to mention a small hotel and a mouthwatering restaurant.
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
La Sagesse Nature Center
Nature-lovers will fall in love with La Sagesse, a former plantation nestled along a private estuary. Just be sure to bring your binoculars: According to the Grenada Tourism Board, La Sagesse Nature Center has some of the best bird-watching on the island. This region houses unique species as the Caribbean coot, the green-back heron, and the northern Jacuna. If you're not an avian enthusiast, La Sagesse also boasts a beautiful beach and numerous hiking trails, not to mention a small hotel and a mouthwatering restaurant.
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#9

#9 in Grenada

When you tire of touring Grenada Island, escape to Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Located north of the main island, Carriacou and Petit Martinique's two islets exude an even less touristy atmosphere than Grenada Island; in fact, don't be surprised if you never encounter another visitor.
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Natural Wonders Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Carriacou and Petit Martinique
When you tire of touring Grenada Island, escape to Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Located north of the main island, Carriacou and Petit Martinique's two islets exude an even less touristy atmosphere than Grenada Island; in fact, don't be surprised if you never encounter another visitor.
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#10

#10 in Grenada

Didn't get your fill of Grenada's flavors at the Belmont Estate? Then book your Spice Plantation tour with Travelgrenada. These four- to five-hour-long excursions will lead you to the quaint fishing village of Gouyave, where you'll spot the local spice factory and nutmeg processing station. Then, the tour heads into the mountains to the Belvedere Plantation, where you can sample fresh Grenadian banana. You'll also have the opportunity to hike in Grand Etang National Park before cooling down with a swim at Concord Falls.
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Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Spice Plantation Tour
Didn't get your fill of Grenada's flavors at the Belmont Estate? Then book your Spice Plantation tour with Travelgrenada. These four- to five-hour-long excursions will lead you to the quaint fishing village of Gouyave, where you'll spot the local spice factory and nutmeg processing station. Then, the tour heads into the mountains to the Belvedere Plantation, where you can sample fresh Grenadian banana. You'll also have the opportunity to hike in Grand Etang National Park before cooling down with a swim at Concord Falls.
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