Although a relatively small and new country, Grenada is packed full of things to do. The island nation isn’t just about lazy beach days and evening rum cocktails, but has plenty of cultural and historical sights to go along with idyllic stretches of coast and stunning waterfalls. In fact, when it comes to things to do in Grenada, there’s almost too much to try and see. Luckily, we’ve managed to do something other than liming during our time on this paradise, so if you’re looking for activity ideas, then you’ve come to the right place. Read ahead for our favourite things to do in Grenada.
Grand Etang Nature Reserve
When people refer to Grenada as an island paradise, they tend to be talking about the long, perfect beaches and laid-back atmosphere. However, the island is home to stunning rainforest, beautiful mountain scenery, and some geological wonders that deserve a full-page spread in any nature magazine. Grand Etang Nature Reserve combines all of this, with great hikes for those of all abilities. The lake at the heart of the reserve was once the crater for a now-extinct volcano, which is why the land around it is so rich and fertile. Not just perfect for flora lovers – there’s plenty of wildlife around here to keep everyone happy, especially budding ornithologists.
Situated about an hour away by car from the capital St George, Belmont Estate is one of the best things to do in Grenada for tourists who are interested in the history of the Spice Isle. The fully functional plantation was founded in the 17th century, and functions as both a museum and an agri-tourism destination. There’s food and drink available, all made from produce on the estate, so you can spend the whole day here. A perfect way to get a look at the culture of Grenada all encompassed in one convenient location.
This quaint little inlet is the perfect place for a relaxed stroll. Although Grenada is hardly ultra-futuristic, the Carenage is a bit like stepping back in time, with numerous fishing boats giving the sea some colour and old Georgian buildings adding a bit of grandiosity to the space. Sleepy and idyllic during the day, it gets lively at night as bars and restaurants open up.
This secluded waterfall is surrounded by shaded gardens, making it the perfect spot to stop off for a refreshing swim. The falls themselves are picturesque, cascading down brown and grey rocks into a clear pool. There are a few small trails around the falls, but we’d recommend just sitting back and listening to the water drop onto the mossy rocks. It’s a thirty foot drop and there’s a lot of rocks at the bottom, so you can’t jump from the top, but you can swim underneath the stream of water for a rejuvenating experience.
Mt St Catherine
Grenada’s largest mountain, the hike to the top of this peak can be quite muddy, but the views are certainly worth it. The route is well signposted by red and yellow ties in trees, and arrows carved into others. For the most part it’s not too hard a route, but you may need to duck past some foliage, or bring along a guide with a machete to cut through them for you. The best time to climb is at the end of the dry season, but make sure you bring the proper footwear – it is almost always wet and muddy.
Seven Sisters Waterfall
Technically part of Grand Etang National park, this group of falls is worth a visit in itself. The pools are refreshing, which is doubly important as it’s a bit of a trek to get to them, so if you are unable to traverse less than ideal terrain you might have to miss out. Local guides are available to take you through; they are all highly knowledgeable about the local flora, and always want to share this knowledge. However, the main attraction is the falls, which slide down seamlessly into frothing pools.
One of the more morbid entries on this list, but nonetheless an important cultural spot for Grenada and one of the most important things to do on the island if you want to learn about its history. Carib’s Leap is a spot on the corner of the island where locals in the 17th century jumped to their deaths rather than be subjugated by the French. The view itself is stunning, although the monument to those who died is a sobering, sombre experience, and one that deserves a moment of reflection.
River Antione Rum Distillery
A must-visit for rum lovers, or those who are interested in the history of alcohol, River Antione Rum Distillery is one of the most unique things to do in Grenada. The distillery still use the same processes they did centuries ago to make their rum, and seeing the watermill-powered processing of sugar cane and the ancient stills heated by foraged wood is a really unique experience. There’s also the chance to sample some of the rum, although if they are not producing when you visit this might not be possible – rum aficionados are always snapping up the bottles River Antione produce because they’re so highly regarded in the rum world.
No visit to the Spice Isle is complete without a visit to Douglaston Estate. While a lot of other places are tourist-oriented, here you get an authentic experience as its main source of income is primarily spice production. There are tour guides, of course, but for the most part you get to wander around and watch the spices get picked and processed, with the guides only telling you some spice cultivation basics. The estate itself looks a little rundown, but the workers are far from that – energetic and knowledgeable, you’re bound to leave here feeling like you’ve learned something.
Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station
For centuries now, nutmeg has been a key export of Grenada, and the epicentre of this cash-crop is Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station. Tours are available for incredibly cheap, and they allow you to watch the processing of nutmegs – from quality control to packaging. Although not the largest processing station on the island, they’re certainly one of the most efficient, and definitely offer the best tour. Best of all, you get the chance to purchase the spices and other branded goods after the tour, so you can get both a delicious and fresh spice and souvenirs from your trip.
Built in the early 18th century, Fort George is home to some incredible views to match the storied history of the massive structure. It’s quite close to the port yet isn’t too busy compared to a lot of attractions on the island, making it one of the best things to do on Grenada if you’re not big on crowds. Tour guides will tell you all about this place, including the recent bloody history of the island – revolutionary Maurice Bishop was captured here with some cabinet ministers before being shot to death. If you prefer to keep your holidays coup-free, then it’s worth it for the views of Carenage and the sea.