Why you have to visit Grenada in 2019

18 March 2019

 

The gorgeous island of Grenada in the Caribbean is often nicknamed ‘the Spice Isle,’ such is its reputation for being the home of nutmeg and many other spices. With so many sublime stretches of soft sand, it could quite easily be known as ‘the Beach Isle’ too. But whatever you want to call it, Grenada is where untouched beauty meets warm, friendly people, and a place where visitors are sure to enjoy the vibrant and intoxicating experience.

For most people, this alone would be enough to warrant a trip to the island, but for those expecting so much more from a holiday, we’ve decided to lay out some reasons why Grenada should be on your must-visit list.

Busy events calendar

There’s no shortage of things to do in Grenada at any time of the year, and the island’s social calendar is looking packed for 2019.

Grenada Chocolate Fest (31 May - 7 June) is a week-long celebration of the island’s ethically- and sustainably-made dark vegan Grenadian chocolate. Attendees will get the chance to explore visit organic cocoa plantations nestled in the lush Caribbean rainforest, make their own chocolate, hear the story of Grenada’s chocolate, dance the cocoa, and indulge in delicious chocolate-inspired cuisine and cocoa-infused island life. It promises to be the adventure of a lifetime chocoholics.

The island’s premier cultural event - Grenada Carnival (12 - 13 August) - also known as ‘Spicemas’ - is Grenadian expression in all its glory. Brimming with pageantry and expression linked to Grenada’s African, French, British and Caribbean heritage, Carnival is colourful, humorous and full of surprises.

Grenada is renowned for its intriguing wreck dives and Pure Grenada Dive Fest (29 September - 4 October) celebrates that by offering divers of all abilities the chance to delve down to some of its most famous wrecks to be inspired by the island’s diverse marine life.

Diving

Grenada has more than 30 dive sites including the huge Bianca C cruise liner, which sank in 1961 and is now ranked amongst the top ten wreck diving sites in the world.

Stretching for 600 feet in length, Bianca C is the region’s largest shipwreck, earning it the nickname ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’. It is a reasonably accessible wreck, with the top of the ship reachable at about 100 feet below the water’s surface and one of Bianca C’s unique delights is the chance to dive into one of the upper deck swimming pools. Other notable shipwrecks include the former sloop and barracuda-friendly Buccaneer and the highly photogenic MV Veronica.

Grenada’s healthy coral reefs cover around 160km2 and are rich with biodiversity, acting as home to 33 species of coral. The island is also home to the world’s first Underwater Sculpture park, which currently has 65 sculptures for divers and snorkelers to enjoy and is a must-see experience.

“I have been sending clients to the privately-owned Spice Island Beach Resort Hotel in Grenada for many years and although the hotel has grown, the quality has never failed. It has to be one of the best, if not the best all-inclusive hotel in the Caribbean.”

Helen, Travel Counsellor

Learn about Pure Grenada’s spice and chocolate history

As a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cocoa, Grenada’s ‘Spice Island’ nickname doesn’t require much explanation. Anyone even slightly intrigued by Grenada’s spice history will relish a visit to Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Cooperative. You’ll smell the nutmeg long before you see this vast, old processing facility. Workers sort the fragrant, tasty pods and you’ll see rows upon rows of drying racks covered with the fruit of nutmeg trees.

You could also pick up the basics of chocolate-making at Belmont Estate. This organic cocoa farm and cocoa fermentary dates back to the 17th century and is set on a 395-acre plot in the northern reaches of Grenada. Its heritage museum is dedicated to the estate’s illustrious history, which is complemented by an open-air dining room where you can savour freshly-prepared signature Grenadian dishes. While you’re here, be sure to take the goat cheese dairy and expert-led cocoa tours. The big bonus is the road to Belmont Estates, which guarantees visitors stunning glimpses of rain-forest and amazing vistas.

Beaches and waterfalls

Grand Anse is Grenada’s longest and best-known beach. This two-mile stretch is guaranteed to wow beach lovers with pristine sherbet-white sand and glistening waters. It is sheltered from high waves, strong currents and winds, resulting in serene and calm conditions perfect for casual scuba divers as much as water-sport adrenaline junkies.

There are many other beaches worth your time though, such as the warm waters of Portici Beach, the postcard-perfect La Sagesse Beach, and usually deserted Levera Beach, with its untainted view of Sugar Loaf Island.

If you’ve ever dreamt of chasing waterfalls, then Grenada is the place for you. The island is blessed with many active waterfalls, such as Seven Sisters Falls, Concord Falls and the Royal Mount Carmel Waterfalls - the most forceful of the bunch, cascading down from over 70 feet.

“At the beautiful Grand Anse Beach, you can hear the wonderful sound of the local people laughing whilst taking their early morning and evening exercise on the beach as well as the tourists chatting to the local beach vendors. The island may be small (roughly 21 miles long by 12 miles wide) but it is inhabited by some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean and that is really going some.”

Ann, Travel Counsellor

If you’ve ever dreamt of chasing waterfalls, then Grenada is the place for you. The island is blessed with many active waterfalls, such as Seven Sisters Falls, Concord Falls and the Royal Mount Carmel Waterfalls - the most forceful of the bunch, cascading down from over 70 feet. 

Pure Grenada waits for those looking for a laid back, yet adventurous Caribbean experience.

 

Experience the greatness of Grenada first hand by contacting your Travel Counsellor today and taking advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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