GUIDE TO GRENADA
GUIDE TO GRENADA
Being a compact island has another advantage – it hardly takes any time to get anywhere!
Grenada has so much to offer and so much to see. Our local agents, St James Travel & Tours, can arrange tours and trips with very experienced guides.
Grenada is host to four of the world’s seven varieties of turtles – the largest being the 5ft -7ft Leatherback turtle with its bony shell. Endangered is the small Hawksbill turtle, with its very beautiful shell.
The season for watching turtles laying their eggs begins on 1st April and runs through to the end of June. Tours run nightly, in season.
To help support the efforts of the turtle conservation projects, and for a thrilling moonlit experience seeing the turtles come ashore, it is best to book with a specialist tour company on the island.
Countless writers have described St George’s as the prettiest capital in the Caribbean and it really is a stunning setting.
The horseshoe of the Carenage runs around the harbour and is home to several waterside restaurants. The town itself has a wide range of shops and stores as well as many historic buildings to visit.
The Saturday morning market is definitely not to be missed!
Whales and dolphins
Many of our clients have been thrilled to go out on trips in search of whales and dolphins – the success rate of such trips is astonishingly high.
Trips are half-day or full day and again they generally include all refreshments needed for a memorable day out on the blue Caribbean.
Grenada is an island of British, French and West Indian cultural influences, all of which are visible in its colourful capital, St. George’s.
Head up to Fort George for views over the city and the harbour or to Fort Frederick for a bird’s-eye prospect over miles of green hills to the north and east of the city.
There is a fantastic range of more than 30 reef and wreck sites around the island, which offer really exciting diving for both novices and experienced divers. The dive schools are mostly situated on the south-west peninsula.
Everyone who comes to Grenada should take a trip to the tropical rainforest in the Grand Etang National Park. It is easy to reach the park in your hired car and there are several trails set out for you to follow.
However we strongly recommend that you take a trip with one of the experienced local guides who will lead you through this wonderland of waterfalls and vegetation while explaining all the fascinating features of the forest and its wildlife.
Grenada’s undulating lush mountainous interior has terrain and vistas that make it an energetic hiker’s paradise. Waterfalls with cool deep refreshing swimming pools are among the destinations that hikers set out to explore and enjoy.
Our local agents can arrange organised hikes and treks with experienced guides.
There are plenty of places to snorkel off Grenada’s wonderful beaches and there is plenty of information available about the most interesting sites.
Serious snorkellers may want to explore the spectacular sights of the deeper reefs, and boats run regular trips from Grand Anse to places such as Moliniere Marine Park.
Organised running – ‘Hashing’
What is hashing? Every other Saturday, at precisely 1600 hours, a group of assorted runners and walkers assemble at a previously designated rum shop, somewhere in Grenada.
After an initial briefing by their leader (known as The Hash Master) they set off in the bush, shouting ON ON. They follow a trail of flour or shredded paper which takes the “pack” through some of the most attractive parts of the island and they return to the rum shop a couple of hours later, to consume large quantities of beer and undo all the good that this running and walking has done to them!
Adventure River Tubing consists of a river, a bunch of rocks, the tubes, and guides who serve as guardians and cheerleaders as you bump and swoosh your way through the thrilling course. Put on your helmet, buckle your lifejacket and put on your shoes.
The fun is real (and so are the rocks). This river tubing experience is not for the faint of heart, and not for children under eight, but it’s perfect for anyone who likes adventure served straight up and natural.
Grenada is beautiful and to fully appreciate the true wonder of what this amazing island has to offer you need to go to places that can only be visited by kayak. Every trip is its own adventure and each one is different.
You can paddle out to a deserted island, see a diverse array of the beautiful flora and fauna found in Grenada and, if you’re feeling up for it, swim in the warm, blue sea.
As you glide amongst the coral reefs and mangroves you will soon forget what time it is and you’ll begin to feel at one with nature. Conservation Kayak
Grenada is blessed with some of the loveliest sandy beaches in the Caribbean. These include the most popular strands in the south-west corner of the island, and idyllic beaches elsewhere on Grenada that are worth heading for on day trips.
Grand Anse Beach is Grenada’s most famous stretch of soft white sand. Located just south of St. George’s, this stunning two-mile beach has attracted many of the island’s hotels and resorts.