Isn’t that the place that the US invaded in the ‘80s? Didn’t it get munched by a hurricane a few years ago? Grenada is used to bad press. But like a fighter on the ropes, it’s come out swinging and has reinvented itself as the next big thing. The one big island and two small ones plonked in the sea in the southeast corner of the Caribbean are undiscovered and rarely visited.
Grenada Island is elliptically shaped and alive with a rainforested interior. Underrated beaches line the coast and sublime scuba diving is on offer just below the surface. St George’s, the largest town, has one of the most picturesque waterfronts in all of the Caribbean. Stone buildings, forts from a forgotten time and houses of all colors meld into a hilly buffet of urban aesthetics. Friendly, welcoming locals go about their lives and are happy to include you in the process. Carriacou is a step back in time. With a cadence a notch or two slower then Grenada Island, this petite isle is a relaxed affair where endearing locals and an eclectic village life is added to sublime scenery. And if that sounds too busy, head over to Petit Martinique where even less happens – and the locals like it that way.
Yes, Grenada did get invaded by Uncle Sam, but that’s old news. And yes, a hurricane obliterated much of the island in 2004, but they’ve rebuilt. Life moves on, and so has Grenada.
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Caribbean Islands travel guide
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Destination at a glance: Grenada
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Caribbean Islands - Grenada (Chapter)
Grenada’s corrugated coastline rises up to mist-swathed rainforest laced with hiking trails and swimmable waterfalls; while St George’s, with its market, forts and postcard-perfect Carenage harbor, makes for a picturesque and friendly capital.
Grenada destination guides
Self-Drive Boat Tour with Snorkeling from St George's
Spend some time on the water on this self-drive boat adventure from St George's! On this 2.5-hour guided tour, be the captain of your very own dinghy as you cruise along the beautiful Caribbean coastline. Snorkel in the pristine Caribbean waters of a secluded bay and admire vibrant marine life.
Grand Etang National Park Tour
Visit Grand Etang National Park on this half-day tour from St George’s. One of Grenada’s top natural attractions, the park is home to Grand Etang Lake, a crater lake where you can feed the fish and enjoy being surrounded by the rainforest.