Grenada Adventure Travel Guide: Ideas and Inspiration
PureTravel Says: "Grenada is an island nation, which also includes the southern Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada obtained independence from the British in 1974 and is now a popular visitor destination in Grenada and the smaller islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Grenada now has a population of 110,000 and the capital is St. George's. The national bird of Grenada is the Grenada Dove, which is now critically endangered. Columbus first sighted the island in 1498 and today eco-tourism and water sports are popular. Visit St. George’s, the capital, Lance Aux Epines, Grand Anse, and Point Salines. Discover the fascinating charm, special traditions and festival spirit of the Grenadian people."
Sailing, Scuba Diving and Snorkelling - Whilst in Grenada take the opportunity to enjoy both scuba diving and snorkelling in the clear water from beaches such as Calabash, Grand Anse beach, Lance aux Epines, Horseshoe and Morne Rouge beach. A long offshore reef can be found on the west coast of the island which is good for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Enjoy sailing whilst in Grenada and try to catch the Grenada Sailing Festival, which starts at the end of January. Whilst here you can also enjoy diving, water skiing, swimming and parasailing.
Walking, Hiking & Trekking - Grenada has beautiful terrains and ecosystems and so lots of opportunities to walk, hike and trek your way around the island. Grand Etang Forest Reserve and La Sagesse estuary are good for birdwatchers and hikers. The rainforest surrounding the Grand Etang Forest Reserve is also a good spot for hiking and walking. A great walk for all the family is the Morne LaBaye Trail. The more adventurous can opt for The Ridge and Lake Circle Trail. Mt. Qua Qua Trail is over 2,370feet and a challenging trail. More challenging treks can be found at Fedon's Mountain & Concord Falls which goes through the rainforest canopy. Whilst exploring the island you will come across stunning waterfalls such as the Annandale Falls, Victoria Falls and Marquis Falls.
Boating and Sailing - Carriacou is a good spot to begin your boating and sailing adventures and whilst here you can cruise the area and see the turtles and dolphins.
When To Go
Grenada is a year round destination boasting consistent temperatures. June to November will see showers. Do consider coming in the second week of August to see the carnival.
- Keep beachwear for the beach and wear smart/casual dress at other times.
- Traveller’s cheques are widely accepted however only major credit cards can be used.
- Bottled water is easily available but tap water is safe to drink.
- While yachting, keep in mind that yachts should not be anchored in the area of Grand Anse Bay.
- Hiking to the Concord Falls
- Boating at Carriacou
Festivals, Events and Anniversaries in 2014
The idyllic Caribbean island of Grenada doesn’t need an excuse to party, and 2014 has an extra date in the calendar. The 7th of February 2014 marks the fortieth anniversary of independence from the UK in 1974. Grenada Day is huge and is celebrated across the world, whilst the Spice Isle itself will host street parties, fireworks and cultural performances.
By Julie Bowman