Grenada is known as the ‘Spice Island’ because of the abundance of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cocoa and vanilla – their fragrance infuses the air. Tropical fruit grows all over the island, too. Meanwhile, the mountainous interior is covered in rainforest, dotted with cobalt-blue lakes and dramatic waterfalls.
The coastline is studded with beautiful beaches, where coconut-white sand meets sparkling water. Because Grenada hasn’t been taken over by mass tourism, the beaches have an unspoilt charm. The waters around the island are teeming with marine life, too. Take a boat trip or go scuba diving to discover Grenada’s amazing underwater world.
Popular Ports in Grenada
If you take a Grenada cruise, you’ll disembark at the island’s cruise port of St George, arguably the most beautiful capital city in the Caribbean. Pretty, red-roofed houses occupy a forested hillside, and cluster round an idyllic harbour. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, there’s a lot to see and do.
Enjoy a taste of local life with a visit to St George’s spice market. The stalls are busy and the air is rich with the smell of spices. This is the best place to purchase some of the island’s spices at bargain prices, especially fresh vanilla pods. The market is lined with small bars – great spots for people watching.
St George’s is just a short drive away from the island’s best beach, Grand Anse. This beautiful swathe of sand is fringed with palm trees, as well as a few beach bars and restaurants. The beach is long enough that you can always find a quiet spot.
What are the best cruise ships for a Grenada cruise?
Make the most of your Grenada cruise by choosing a luxurious liner. These are two highly rated choices:
The Marella Celebration will carry you across the seas in style. She’s one of the smaller ships in the Marella fleet, with an intimate, cosy atmosphere, but there are no shortage of amenities. Pamper yourself at the two-storey wellness centre, or soak up the Caribbean sun at one of the two on-deck pools. There is a wide range of cuisine on offer, too. Tuck into lobster thermidor at Mistral’s, or savour aromatic curries at Kora La. Finish the evening with a drink at the cocktail bar while taking in some live music, or watching a show at the Broadway Lounge.
Sophisticated Marella Explorer is a floating 5* hotel, with plush cabins and state-of-the-art facilities. Children will love the kids’ club, with its range of fun activities, while older ones will head to the teens-only lounge. This gives you chance to sun yourself on The Veranda, an adults-only area decorated with Balinese day beds for sun bathing. Relax with a sauna or massage at the spacious spa, which has 11 lounge areas. When it comes to food, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try cuisine from around the world, from sushi rolls to pizza, tapas to Heston-Blumenthal-style experimental cuisine. Watch the sunset from Indigo, a standout bar with panoramic ocean views.
Shore Excursion Ideas
These highly recommended shore excursions are all distinct, allowing you to see three different sides to Grenada.
Rhum Runner Boat Trip
For those who associate the Caribbean with lively, colourful parties, this is the shore excursion for you. Climb aboard the Rhum Runner, a catamaran geared up to party. Drift gently down the Spice Island’s coastline, enjoying plenty of rum punch. Stop at the stunning Morne Rouge Beach to sunbathe and swim.
On the journey home, the fun really starts. The rum punch begins to flow and the music is turned up. Test your flexibility and rhythm at a limbo competition with steel drums and calypso music in the background.
Hike to Seven Sisters
Grenada is a bountiful paradise of mangroves, plantations and rainforests. Explore this Eden on a day of trekking and adventuring. First stop is a plantation trail, where the hillsides are carpeted with cacao and cinnamon plants. At the trail’s end, two waterfalls cascade into sparkling pools, where you can have a refreshing dip.
After returning, you’ll be driven to the mountainous Grand Etang National Park. Here you’ll have a chance to explore a scenic lagoon nestling in the crater of a long dormant volcano.
If you’re looking for an exhilarating, family-friendly outing, look no further. Take a river-tube ride down one of Grenada’s flowing rivers, in the heart of the rainforest.
You’ll ride fast-flowing currents and gushing rapids. Kids and grown-ups alike will love this adrenaline-fuelled adventure.