Top 10 things to do in Grenada
Grand Anse Beach
The iconic Grand Anse Beach is Grenada’s show-stopper, wowing beach lovers with a two-mile stretch of pristine sherbet-white sand that gently shelves into the glistening waters of the Caribbean Sea. Spend blissful sunny days beneath shady coconut palms and sea-grape trees, and snorkel around nearby Boss Reef to marvel at rainbow-hued fish and coral. Many of the island’s most salubrious resorts are located within walking distance of these fabled sands, that stretch almost to the island’s capital, St. George's. There are plenty of small bars dotted along the white sands, most of which are open from dawn to dusk.
Learn the basics of chocolate making at Belmont Estate
Set on a 395-acre plot in the northern reaches of Grenada, the authentic 17th-century working plantation known as Belmont Estate is an organic cocoa farm and cocoa fermentary complete with a craft market and gift shop. There is an on-site heritage museum dedicated to the estate’s illustrious history but most impressive are the open-air dining room where guests can savour freshly-prepared signature Grenadian dishes and the Bon Bon Chocolate Shop that sells sumptuous organic chocolate delights. Don’t miss the goat cheese dairy and expert-led cocoa tours.
The Land of Festivals: Grenada Chocolate Festival. Annually in May.
The Grenada Chocolate Fest celebrates the island’s delicious organic and ethically produced cocoa and chocolate. The festival is a perfect experience for all those who have a passion for chocolate. Learn how Grenada’s chocolate artisans craft their famous ethical “tree to bar” products. Take a journey through the island’s rich history and visit cocoa farms nestled in its lush Caribbean rainforest....dance the cocoa or be a cocoa farmer for a day. Jam by the turquoise sea at sunset, and run through a cocoa forest! And when you are ready to relax and unwind, indulge in some authentic chocolate-inspired cuisine and luxuriate in cocoa-infused island life! @GrenadaChocolateFest http://www.grenadachocolatefest.com/
The Land of Festivals: Pure Grenada Music Festival. Annually in May.
Grenada is pure – untouched, unspoiled, unadulterated – and a special part of the appeal surrounding the Pure Grenada Music Festival is its quest to establish a ‘pure approach’ to the music and performances it offers. This means an all-embracing philosophy for the art form, with no filtering out of certain music genres. If it has integrity – if it is ‘pure’ music – the organisers will include it. The festival will feature as many local bands as possible to give their performances a window to the world. It will establish a legacy to assist in the development of musical talent in Grenada. It will adhere to established Green Rules in order to ensure that all festival venues remain as pure as we found them, and will do everything in its power to offset any potentially negative environmental impact on this magnificent island. Grenada is unique, and the Pure Grenada Music Festival will offer a unique experience for everyone from the artists, to the audience, to the sponsors, to the people of Grenada as a whole. http://www.grenadamusicfestival.com
The Land of Festivals: Grenada Sailing Festival.
Grenada is a seafaring island with a long history of sea trading, fishing and boat building and even today this tradition remains one of the strongest influences in the local culture. The friendly rivalry that has always existed between closely knit communities has often been expressed in competition amongst fisherman and their boat-builders to be the fastest or the best, developing into organised regattas taking place regularly over the years. and the Grenada Sailing Festival Work Boat Regatta (Every January since 1994).http://www.grenadasailingfestival.com/ and the http://grenadasailingweek.com/ Annually end of January.
Grenada’s traditional Carnival – Spicemas.
On Grenada, August is the busiest month, so if you want to travel from the UK to participate in this traditional Caribbean carnival, book early to avoid disappointment. The Carnival devils disappear with the rising of the sun, making way for the Traditional and Fancy Mas bands in the Monday parade or Pageant. Each parish has its own brand of traditional mas usually represented by Short Knees, Vekou and Wild Indians. With Arab-like head coverings, jumbo collars, batwing sleeves and three-quarter (short knee) baggy trousers, the Short knee Bands are now the most prevalent of the traditional
masquerades. Next into view will come the modern costumed bands of revellers, who cross the stage at the National Stadium and then parade through the streets of the capital city of St. George’s in the afternoon sun, gyrating to the beat of the year’s most popular calypsos. Costumed bands are often heralded by the arrival of the King and Queen of the band, the large costumes which vied for King and Queen of Carnival during the Sunday night Dimarche Gras. http://www.spicemasgrenada.com/
Appreciate Grenada’s snorkelling adventure and underwater art.
The islands’ eclectic and exotic underwater world is a first-rate diving destination that satisfies every demand, from 15 shipwrecks lurking at varying depths below the surface to an underwater volcano. There are over 30 diving and snorkelling sites were novices and advanced divers are guaranteed an abundance of marine life and even the occasional whale.Designed by English artist, sculptor and avid diver Jason de Caires Taylor, the Underwater Sculpture Park is an undersea art gallery located just outside St George’s in the Molinere Beausejour Marine Protected Area. Opened to critical acclaim in 2006, this incredible installation was the first underwater sculpture park in the world and comprises 65 contemporary sculptures anchored to the sea floor in a marine gallery.
Pure Diving Grenada style.
The islands of Grenada and Carriacou are year-round destinations, the average water temperature is similar to the air temperature, ranging between 75F to 85F (24C to 30C). With over 40 boat diving sites to explore, mainland Grenada offers a full selection of exciting wrecks and relaxing reefs. Varying from plateau patch reef to sloping coral gardens, the marine life is abundant, and divers can expect to see all the common Caribbean reef fish. Eels, turtles, nurse sharks, and rays are frequent visitors to both wrecks and reef. More unusual critter life is found at the shallower sites such as frogfish, blennies, and nudibranchs. The famous site of the "Titanic of the Caribbean", the Bianca C, is on every diver's bucket list and is a must-do for advanced scuba divers. www.grenadadiveshops.com
Embrace the great outdoors at Grand Étang National Park.
High up in the mountains of the island's central highlands, around 1,740 feet above sea-level. Encompassing a 30-acre crater lake - the remains of a once-active volcano - this flower-filled rainforest thrills adventure seekers with miles of accessible hiking trails of varying elevations and terrains. Before hitting the trails, enjoy a fully-charged eco experience at the Visitors Centre and Museum to learn about the park’s history and the island's vegetation and forestry. Hikes range from 15 minutes to four hours depending on stamina and are best explored with a guide.
Enjoy adrenaline-charged thrills at Concord Falls.
In the hills of Concord, St. Johns, on the island’s western coast. Most dazzling of Grenada’s waterfalls is a series of three separate cascading falls known collectively as Concord Falls. Located at the edge of the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, all three waterfalls are ideal for daredevils who fancy taking an exhilarating.
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