5 Great Things to Do in Grenada 44


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I had the chance last fall to head to Grenada to spend a month or so with one of my good friends who works there. I scored a really great couple of sailboats to stay on there though my friend, including a 43 foot catamaran that I fell in love with and found plenty of great things to do in Grenada.

Grenada was actually discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 on his third voyage to the “New World,” but is more famous to Americans as the site of a truly insignificant short war we had during the Reagan presidency in 1983. I think it lasted about two days.

I particularly remember Grenada because it was the site for one of Clint Eastwood’s really horrible movies of that time, Heartbreak Ridge. The problem in 80s in the whole ear movie genre was that the United States hadn’t won a war in quite some time. So when we invaded Grenada, it provided the backdrop for Eastwood’s “war hero” movie — a war hero with a soft side, of course.

Best Five Things to Do in Grenada

So I have been sitting up here in the wonderful Pacific Northwest for a few weeks and although I am having a great time, I am fondly letting my mind wander to quality Caribbean holidays, because… I need some more warmth. So, whilst holidays in Grenada are on my mind, let me give you 5 things to do in Grenada, in the hopes you might think about adding it to your future itineraries.

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via www.underwatersculpture.com

(1) The Underwater Sculpture Garden. Designed by Jason de Caires Taylor, the underwater sculpture garden is slightly north of the capital town of St. Georges, it is easily viewable by snorkeling or scuba diving and is a really interesting artistic display, entirely underwater.

(2) The Grenada Chocolate Company, Ltd. For my foodie and chocolate lover friends out there. This chocolate manufacturer was a silver award winner in the 2011 London Academy of Chocolate Awards. It is one of the few small scale chocolate making fine chocolate right where the cocoa beans grow.

(3) Seven Sisters Falls. Hike up to these iconic waterfalls and cool off underneath them, in the pools ready made for a scene from a Hollywood movie. Simply one of the best things to do in Grenada — perfection both visually and for relaxation purposes.

(4) Walk around St. George’s. The capital of Grenada is underrated in my opinion. The older part of town is quite scenic and worthy of a few mornings or afternoons worth of strolls. Bring your camera — there are some buildings well worth snapping photos of.

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cool off after a little hike

(5) Dougaldston Spice Estate. I have done a couple spice tours and find the entire topic fascinating. Spices are such an important part of almost all types of cuisine and seeing how they are grown, harvested and developed as such is really interesting in my book.

So take a chance on Grenada. I hope I’ve given you a reasonable list of great things to do in Grenada, but there is a ton more — great beaches, really good scuba diving, excellent Caribbean food and wonderful people — along with some of the best sailing in the world. Enjoy.


About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.


44 thoughts on “5 Great Things to Do in Grenada

  • Pete Heck

    Those 5 reasons have convinced me I should go. That underwater sculpture is really cool, and Dalene and I are always suckers for places that excel in the manufacturing of chocolate.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I feel kind of lame, in that I didn’t do the underwater sculptures myself, but more reason to go back…

  • Linda

    Wow. It all sounds like perfection to me! I had a friend who was there for a while some years back, but was forced home in the chaos after hurricane Ivan. I’d been hoping to go visit her. Is obviously something I must catch up on, even though she is no longer there! I think I’d go just to experience any one of those things. That underwater sculpture garden looks amazing!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      We almost had a hurricane when I just arrived. Just missed us and hit like 2 islands north.

  • Marianne

    I called in at Grenada whilst on a Caribbean cruise, a few years ago and brought home some spice necklaces to hang in my kitchen.

    I could smell the glorious nutmeg for months afterwards, always evoking wonderful memories of my trip.

    Thanks for reminding me 🙂

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      unfortunately… me either 😉 But I hear there are other places that guy has done that also.

  • Sophie

    I was in Grenada ages ago; what I remember mostly is the scent of nutmeg and how green everything was. Lovely island. And chocolate… perhaps another visit is in order…

  • Randy

    Sounds fantastic! That’s great you got to stay on a few sailboats during your trip. I miss staying on our 27 foot sailboat.

  • Agnieszka

    I had the pleasure of visiting Grenada a 3 weeks ago and I had an unbelievable time. The people are the friendliest people I’ve ever met anywhere. The food is delicious and very flavourful and the scenery is breathtaking. Walks along the Grand Anse beach is what I miss most along with the upbeat and energetic town of Gouyave. I especially recommend “fish friday” held every friday in Gouyave. Food is fantastic! I love Grenada so much and my fiance who is of Grenadian decent will be getting married there next May. :o) 2 restaurants worth checking out are True Blue Bay and the Aquarium restaurant. Yum!

  • Dina

    The capital of Grenada is one of my favourite of Caribbean capitals (I love Curacao’s too). It’s a bit sad to see the remnants of the war still there, but in the same time it adds to the charm of the city. Too bad we didn’t get the chance to see the underwater heads!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      it is a really nice little capital. Compact and scenic and a great harbor.

  • Don Faust

    Michael – just stumbled into this one. Did you see a nutmeg factory? I remember my first trip to Grenada probably 15 years ago, and we drove the whole island, and through the nutmeg groves. You could literally smell it.

    Last year Chris also toured a rum factory. Sounded very interesting. I hope you got your fill of rum – there are numerous “rum shacks” all over the island.

  • Vanessa Kirk

    Definitely worth taking on chance on! It’s a bit sad to see the remnants of the war still there, but in the same time it adds to the charm of the city.

  • Neil

    Thanks for the tips, off to the island in Feb with my girlfriend to see her dad. Underwater sculture has been added to the list of to-do’s.

    Cheers.

  • Chris

    The Underwater sculpture garden is just amazing, I never consider Grenada one of the places that I want to visit. By reading your post, I quite change my mind!!
    Ciao

  • Keri Foley

    Compact and scenic and a great harbor. Walks along the Grand Anse beach is what I miss most along with the upbeat and energetic town of Gouyave.

  • Jan Nixon

    By reading your post, I quite change my mind!! I’d been hoping to go visit her. Yup, just added Grenada to my list of places to go.

  • Lourdes Conner

    You could literally smell it.Last year Chris also toured a rum factory. We almost had a hurricane when I just arrived. I had the pleasure of visiting Grenada a 3 weeks ago and I had an unbelievable time. Thanks for the tips, off to the island in Feb with my girlfriend to see her dad.

  • James Shaw

    It’s amazing that there are many islands to visit and many things to do in the Caribbean. I love the night life is there any activities at night in Grenada?

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