Grand Anse Beach and Beyond in Grenada

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Grand Anse Beach and Beyond in Grenada

Smell the nutmeg on the breeze the moment you arrive on Grenada, an island of pristine beaches, lush rainforests and rushing waterfalls. Considered one of the friendliest, most welcoming islands in the Caribbean, Grenada is paradise for the beach goer (there are more than 40 from which to choose!), the birder, the history buff, the honeymooners and the adventure traveler. From the azure waters of Grand Anse Beach to the fun natural rock slides of Royal Mount Carmel Falls to the countless spice plantations, there is something for everyone in Grenada.
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There are a whopping 45 beaches in Grenada and Grand Anse tops them all. (OK, the others aren’t too shabby either, but Grand Anse is certainly the most beautiful and most popular.) For two glorious miles, the powdery white-sand beach, lined by sea grapes and coconut palms, stretches along a turquoise bay.
 
Spend a relaxing day in the sun in one of the world’s most beautiful spots. Take the wheel of a two-person inflatable motorboat and explore the Grenada coastline. Snorkel in crystalline waters over brilliantly colored coral reefs and tropical fish. Rent water sports equipment at nearby outfitters and play in the waves. Shop the Grand Anse Craft and Spice Market, midway along the beach, with its huge variety of services and local products.

How Do I Get to Grand Anse Beach?

You’ll find Grand Anse Beach on Grenada’s southwestern coast, approximately six miles south of St. George’s. If you are not staying in a Grand Anse resort, you can reach the beach by car, minibus or water taxi.

Other Grenada Hot Spots

Having explored Grand Anse and spent your time in the sun there, it’s time to explore the rest of this lush Caribbean isle. Consider these top destinations and adventures in Grenada:

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Spend a Day in St. George’s
Considered one of the prettiest towns in the Caribbean, colorful St. George’s draws in cruise ship passengers, yachters and island visitors. The town lines a horseshoe-shaped harbor and brims with beautiful red and stone architecture. You’ll find spices and crafts for sale along the capital city’s streets and enticing historical attractions within the city itself. Visit Fort George, dating to the early 18th century and affording 360-degree views over the roofs and church spires of town and the sea beyond. Fort Frederick, atop Richmond Hill, is another must-see. It’s unknown locally as the “backwards facing fort” – you’ll find that the cannons face inland, a strategy used by the French to thwart a surprise land attack. For more local lore, visit the Grenada National Museum, which is housed in a 1704 French barracks and former prison. Chocoholics won’t want to miss the House of Chocolate, where you can learn about the island’s cocoa industry – and get a few samples as a bonus!
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Eat Seafood in Carenage
This hub of St. George’s is at the inner harbor and where to go for fresh seafood. Watch as the local fishermen unload their schooners and the locals and chefs barter over the catch of the day. There are several great restaurants along Wharf Road.
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Visit a Sculpture Park – Underwater!
Whether you’re a diver, snorkeler or glass-bottom boat passenger, you can enjoy the collections sof the Underwater Sculpture Park at Moliniere Bay. The gallery was created by Jason deCaires Taylor and presents a range of sculptures that serve as an artificial reef. Look for Amerindian petroglyphs, sculptures cast from local children and more in this marine protected area.
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See Why Grenada Is the Spice Isle
Learn about the spice industry and how the spice plants are grown during visits to the island’s lush farms. At the 17th-century Belmont Estate, you’ll learn about tropical fruits, spices and cocoa – and get quite a few tastings along the way. You can even sign up for decadent three-course lunches (chocolate is included in every course!). Take a guided tour at Laura’s Herb & Spice Garden, learning about the healing benefits of various spices. Or, see how spices are cultivated and processed at the Dougaldston Spice Estate. Of course, don’t leave any of these estates without purchasing a supply of nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves to take home.
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Take the Family Swimming at Morne Rouge Bay
Considered one of the safest swimming beaches in Grenada, Morne Rouge Bay is just south of Grand Anse and much quieter. Families love the gentle surf and the areas of shade. There are paddleboards, snorkel equipment and sun loungers available for rent.
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Get Back to Nature at Grand Etang National Park
Take a break from the beach and head to the island’s interior to meet the animals cavorting in the lush foliage of Grenada at Grand Etang National Park. Get your bearings at the visitors center, then head out on one of the many trails, including the self-guided Morne LaBaye Trail and the challenging Concord Falls Trail. The Seven Sister Falls hike is found here in the park, as well as the lovely Shoreline Trail around crater-formed Grand Etang Lake.
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See Where the Caribbean Sea Meets the Atlantic
Switch national park gears and head to Levera on the northeastern shore of Grenada. Here, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find quiet, nearly secluded beaches, sheer cliffs, coral-sand beaches and Sugar Loaf peak on Levera Island in the distance. Bathways Beach is a favorite destination for swimming, as well as Levera Beach, where sea turtles often come to nest. If you’re a birder, check out Leera Pond, an ancient volcanic crater and home to black-necked stilts and herons.
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Waterfalls and More Waterfalls
Marvel at the fearless local divers who take the plunge at Annandale Falls, a 32-foot cascade in lush tropical foliage in the mountains north of St. George’s. Visitors are welcome to take a dip at the base of the falls. At Royal Mount Carmel Falls, on the east coast of Grenada, you can embrace your inner child and slide down natural rock slides into crystal-clear natural pools.

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