Grenada is renowned as one of the most luxuriant islands in the Caribbean and is the perfect location for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Blessed with a balmy tropical climate, friendly locals, gorgeous white-sand beaches, numerous scenic hiking trails and excellent diving, fishing and sailing, Grenada offers all the ingredients you need for a relaxing or active island honeymoon.
Once a British Crown Colony, now independent, Grenada has long been known as the ‘Spice Basket of the Caribbean' – an apt title since it is one of the world’s largest producers of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa.
Unwind on the picture-perfect white sands of Grand Anse Beach – one of the Caribbean’s finest – or find your own secluded cove or sandy atoll on which to play Robinson Crusoe.
Breathe in the sweet scent of spices on a tour of the island’s spice plantations and hike trails through the lush tropical rainforest of Grand Etang Forest Reserve and Levera National Park to scenic waterfalls and mountain lookouts, spotting wildlife along the way.
Snorkel above coral gardens at White Island Marine Park, scuba dive off Molinière Reef and night dive the wreck of the luxury liner Bianca-C, one of the Caribbean's largest ship wrecks, teeming with colourful fish and sea turtles.
Charter a bareboat yacht to explore the surrounding coastline and the Grenadines or join the Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival in late January.
In the picturesque capital city of St George’s – often voted as the Caribbean’s prettiest harbour town – stroll hillside streets edged with frangipani trees and lined with colonial-style white- and pastel-shaded houses that feature red tiled roofs and wrought-iron balconies overflowing with colourful bougainvillea.
Wander the historic waterfront district of Carenage, flanked with bars, restaurants and shops selling duty free goods and locally made handicrafts.
Visit the 18th century Anglican Church, ponder the underground cells and subterranean passages of historic Fort George, built by the French and guarding the entrance to the bay, then drive up to Richmond Hill to Fort Frederick for panoramic views over the harbour.
Don’t miss the Annadale Falls, 15m-high cascades just 15 minutes drive from St George’s; take a refreshing dip and also browse for locally made handicrafts and indigenous spices.
Discover historical artefacts in the Granada National Museum and get an insight into the local spice industry as workers sort raw nutmeg at the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Cooperative.
See and taste rum produced by the oldest rum distillery in the world at the River Antoine Rum Distillery, a mid-19th century distillery complete with much of its original cane crushing machinery.
Spy orange- and yellow-hued pools of boiling sulphur around the River Sallee, located north of Lake Antoine on the northeast of the island.
In August, join the locals in the favourite annual party – the Carnival – celebrated with lively street parties, steel bands and calypso competitions that typically last until morning.
Grenada also incorporates two smaller islands that make for perfect day trips or extended stays.
Carriacou is home to the stunning Anse La Roche Beach, several idyllic offshore islands and the fascinating Carriacou Museum in Hillsborough, which features several fascinating Amerindian and European artefacts such as Empress Joséphine's childhood bathtub.
The tiny and unspoiled Petit Martinique is probably best visited on a yacht charter.
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Measuring only 34km long and 19km wide, Grenada is indented with numerous bays and tiny coves fringed by more than 45 white-sand beaches, including the stunning 3km-long Grand Anse Beach.
The best of Grenada’s beaches, include…
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the sugar-white sands of this famous palm-fringed beach that gently shelves into the calm, sheltered waters of Anse Grande Bay.
Swim and snorkel in clear and calm waters that teem with rainbow-hued fish and are perfect for families with small children, then relax beneath shady sea-grape trees that dot the white sands.
Facilities include umbrellas and sun loungers for hire, while beachfront water sport concessions offer water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and scuba diving.
Browse for handicrafts at the nearby Grand Anse Craft and Spice Market and enjoy a range of creature comforts at some of the island’s best beachfront hotels.
Try the gleaming white Spice Island Beach Resort, with its series of graceful open-air verandas and selection of luxurious beachfront rooms and suites, or the Allamanda Beach Resort.
Set beneath lush tree-clad rolling hills, Grand Anse Beach is located on the sheltered southwest coast of Grenada, around 3km from St George’s.
Unwind on the pristine white sands of this 750m-long beach that curves around a sheltered bay framed by tree-clad headlands, just 2km to the south of Grand Anse Beach.
Sunbathe on the beach, swim in the calm, crystal clear waters, snorkel the offshore coral gardens that teem with colourful tropical fish and relax in the shade of the grape and palm trees that edge this gorgeous beach.
Come for the day or stay longer at the beachfront Laluna hotel, which offers facilities such as sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as a range of creature comforts for non-guests.
Escape to this idyllic palm-fringed and secluded beach that shelves into the crystalline waters of a charming cove framed by tree-clad rocky headlands.
Sunbathe on the volcanic silver sands of this 800m-long beach, go swimming and snorkelling in the clear water, hike trails through the nearby La Sagesse Nature Centre, then unwind with a cold drink and lunch at the beachside restaurant.
La Sagesse Beach is located on the south coast, around 10km from St George’s.
Unwind on the soft golden sand of this 600m-long beach that edges the north-eastern tip of Grenada and faces the picture-perfect bush-clad peak of Sugar Loaf Island, which sits just offshore.
Framed by rocky grass-covered cliffs, Levera Beach faces the Atlantic Ocean, which often provides ideal conditions for surfing.
Come for a picnic, beach comb the golden sands and hike the marked trails of nearby Levera National Park, looking out for brightly coloured scarlet ibis along the way.
There are no facilities on this quiet beach, which sits around 23km northeast of St George’s.
Make your own footprints on this wide, 1.6km-long golden-sand beach that faces the Atlantic Ocean on Grenada’s northeast coast. A natural reef offers protection from rolling Atlantic surf.
The beach is ideal for beachcombing, picnics and exploring hiking trails through the lush Levera National Park.
The nearby Visitors Centre offers facilities including toilets, showers and changing rooms. Bathway Beach (pronounced bat-way) is around 23km northeast of St George’s.
And don't forget to check out these great beaches on the island of Carriacou, including…
Pick your own spot to sunbathe, swim and snorkel on this idyllic and quiet white-sand beach that lies about a 15-minute walk from Prospect Village on the north coast.
There are no facilities, so bring your own food and drinks for a secluded picnic.
Unwind on the soft white sand of this uncrowded and pristine beach that shelves into crystal clear waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Apart from a snack bar, there are no facilities on Paradise Beach.
Framed by lush vegetation-clad hills, Paradise Beach edges the northern coast of Carriacou Island facing Tyrrel Bay.
Play Robinson Crusoe on the soft sugar-white sand that encircles this idyllic deserted island.
Sunbathe on the pristine beach, swim in the calm clear waters and snorkel above tropical fish scurrying around the surrounding reef.
Pack a picnic and take a water taxi to Sandy Island from Paradise Beach on the north coast of Carriacou.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this stunning atoll, ringed by a white-sand beach and surrounded by turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Pack a picnic and take a water taxi from Belmont on the south shore of Carriacou.
Grenada offers a choice of accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets; there are no megaresorts.
Most resorts are located near St George's on the southwest coast, with the best family accommodation ranging along Grand Anse Beach, including the Spice Island Beach Resort.
Or try the Calabash, an elegant 5-star resort fronting an idyllic golden-sand beach at L'Anse aux Epines, overlooking Prickly Bay on the south coast.
The best time to visit Grenada is anytime from January to early-April during the dry season, which has an average temperature of 26°C (78°F) with a daily high of 30°C (86°F).
Grenada experiences a hot and humid year-round tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a relatively cool season from December to March, and a hot, sultry and wet season from June to November.
The trade winds blow year-round, reducing the sensation of heat, usually from the north-east, although in the hot period they can blow from the east or the south-east.
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Grenada is located in the eastern Caribbean at the southern end of the Grenadines island chain.
Grenada consists of the island of Grenada itself plus six smaller islands which lie to the north of the main island.
The islands lie northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The most convenient route to Grenada is to fly into Maurice Bishop Airport (GND), formerly known as Point Salines Airport, located about 11km (6.8mi) south of the capital, St. George's.
A daily water taxi links St George’s on Grenada to the small islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, located around 38km (23mi) to the north.
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The best way to get around Grenada is by hire car. Local areas, such as St. George's, are best explored on foot. Taxis and minibuses are also available.
Grenada has a good road network, with most roads in good condition, however many are narrow and winding.
There are few road signs in Grenada, so a road map is useful when driving. Traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road.
You can find numerous local and international car hire firms at the international airport, in the capital, St. George's and at Grand Anse Beach. It's possible to arrange for pickup at the airport and ferry dock.
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Latest update: Where to Honeymoon in Grenada: 6 July, 2022