Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve#3 in Best Things To Do 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 & Forest Reserve. Occupying a large portion of central Grenada Island, Grand Etang teems with exotic wildlife. Its 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."
One of the most popular hikes leads to Seven Sisters Falls, located about 1.25 miles north of the Grand Etang Visitors Center. Visitors describe both the trail and the falls as particularly scenic. However, many warn that the trail can be challenging, so bring sturdy footwear and plenty of stamina!
Before you hit the trails, stop by the Visitors Center to pick up a map of the park; the Visitors Center welcomes visitors Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on weekends when cruise ships are docked. You may be asked to pay a fee to hike here, but you won't have to spend more than $3 to $6 XCD ($1 to $2 USD). For more information, check out the Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve website.
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#1 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.
Devote an hour or two to exploring St. George's marina (known as the Carenage), where you'll find plenty of restaurants serving up local cuisine with a side of spectacular views. But there's much more to this city than its postcard-worthy appearance. St. George's serves as a great place to get a whirlwind introduction to Grenadian culture. Discover the islands' colonial history at Fort Frederick and Fort George and learn about local spices at Market Square.
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