Visit Grenada: 10 Reasons to Head to Grenada this Easter Holiday
by Lou-Ann Jordan Mar 20, 2023
Many of us love the short Easter break as it allows us to hop on a plane and enjoy a short trip. Well, this Easter why not head northerly to Grenada? You can check off one of the countries to visit on your “Caribbean travels” list. Also, the best part is that it’s only 35 minutes away from Trinidad, and here you get to experience a tri-island state.
To say there’s much to enjoy in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique may sound trite, but it’s true. The island’s landscape is picturesque, and the seascape is magnificent. Also, the people are warm and friendly.
If you’ve never been to Grenada or if it’s been a while, then we offer 10 reasons to book your ticket and hop over, now! From among the island’s beautiful vistas, arresting sites and stunning beaches, we’ve done the difficult job of selecting 10. Additionally, we’ve selected locations that will give you a to see much of the mainland and visit even the sister isle.
Now, let’s jump right in.
Five “Must-See” Sites To Visit In Grenada
GRAND ETANG NATURAL RESERVE – Hop into your rented vehicle and drive to Grand Etang. Be sure to roll down your windows, breathe deeply and relax as your vehicle takes the winding curves and the welcoming lush greenery. On your way look out for the naturally, decorated bark of the Eucalyptus tree. It is remarkable! You’ll be tempted to spend the time gazing at it but don’t stop there. Continue your drive filling your lungs with the crisp, clean, rejuvenating air at the peak of the mountain. Then, before you know it, you’ll be at 1910ft above sea level, and the view is lovely.
DIAMOND CHOCOLATE ESTATE – This one is for chocolate lovers. Diamond Chocolate Estate is home to Jouvay Chocolates, one of Grenada’s homegrown chocolatiers. Located on the west of the island, in the parish of St. Mark, the factory boasts a variety of chocolates made from Grenadian cocoa beans, as well as other locally grown spices such as ginger, and of course nutmeg. A trip to Grenada must include chocolate!
THE CARENAGE – This picturesque horseshoe-shaped harbour sits on the outskirts of the city and is flanked by hilly terrain. Located in the capital, you can enjoy a lazy walk along the waterfront. Through the surprisingly clear waters of the harbour, you’ll see various schools of small colourful fish in the depths. On your walk, be on the lookout for the statue of Jesus Christ which is a replica of another that exists in Italy. It’s a gift given to the country for assisting the passengers of the Bianca C. As you continue your stroll, you can enjoy a bit of Grenada’s colonial-style architecture. Many of the buildings along the Carenage, including the financial complex have maintained designs that are reminiscent of the past.
FORT FREDERICK & FORT MATTHEW – Grenada has several forts you can visit. However, there are two that are major draws, Fort Matthew and Fort Frederick. The two forts are situated next to each other. Fort Frederick stands on the top of Richmond Hill offering a panoramic view of St. George. The granite fortress was built by the French after capturing the island from the British. The fort is unique in that the cannons are all facing inland to ward off any internal attack; a bit of ingenuity that has been ascribed to the French. Fort Matthew which was later used as a mental institution is the largest of Grenada’s forts and the younger of the two. It is 1500 yards and was completed in 1790.
WINDWARD CARRIACOU – Grenada’s sister island, Carriacou offers a unique experience in the northern village of Windward. The village is known for boat building and hosts an annual boat-building festival. The tradition is adopted from their Scottish ancestors. On a visit, you’re likely to come across someone in the process of skillfully carving out a boat.
Five Amazing Beaches in Grenada
The beauty of Grenada is that it’s not one island but three. That means you’ll have more beaches to visit while here. Also, travel is easy, book a voyage (it’s a short trip) on the Osprey ferry from Grenada and before you know it, you’re in Carriacou. Also, with daily voyages getting to and from Carriacou is now so much easier. Now, let’s talk about the beaches you’ll be treated to in the tri-island state.
PARADISE BEACH – A long stretch of sparkling turquoise waters, breaking gently against soft, white powdery sand, that is Paradise Beach. Located on the west coast of Carriacou, the barrier reef offers a relaxing swim in the calm, quiet waters of the Caribbean Sea. It’s so worth the trip across from the mainland!
GUN POINT BEACH (L’ISLET BEACH) – Locally known as L’islet Beach, this beach lies at the most northern tip of Carriacou where Petite Martinique stands in the distance. You’ll also see silhouettes of the Grenadine islands. Here, sparkling turquoise waters lap against white sand along a crescent-shaped shoreline. If you do consider visiting this spot, keep in mind that there is a strong channel so practice caution when swimming.
WHITE ISLAND – It’s said that no man is an island. That’s true, but what about having an island all to yourself? A trip to White Island will allow you to live out your “cast away” fantasy. Situated southwest of Carriacou, this little islet is a perfect getaway. The beach is lined with white sand and its clear turquoise waters fade beautifully into navy tones.
BLACK BAY BEACH – This beach is guaranteed to be a novel experience for most. Often, when we think of black sand beaches we picture a shoreline of dirty beige sand, but au contraire. It’s understood that the ebony shade result from residual volcanic debris. On Black Bay Beach, it’s a marvel to watch the pitch-black sand glitter as though the stretch has been littered with diamonds—the effect of the sunlight beaming off the sand. To visit this incredibly beautiful and secluded beach, you’ll have to visit Concord, in the parish of St. John. An added treat is that a short trek takes you to the Black Bay caves which you can explore with friends.
MORNE ROUGE (BBC) BEACH – Now, back on the mainland Morne Rouge Beach or as it is commonly called BBC Beach, is a “must-visit”. Tucked behind Quarantine Point, the beach creates a striking view from the top of the point, as its calm, aquamarine waters caress soft, white sand. Its tranquil waters make it an excellent spot for young children who may want to swim.
Easter is a few weeks away, but it’s not too late to plan your visit. Also, once you get here you’ll find there are so much more things to do in Grenada. We guarantee your trip would have been worthwhile.
For more information on how to plan your trip to Grenada and which sights to visit while here, you can visit Pure Grenada.