I’ve been to Grenada more times than I count and every time I visit I discover at least one new activity or place that blows my mind – the list containing engaging activities to happily occupy your time doing while you’re on the island is quite extensive. whether you’re a land-lover, beach-bum or a water-baby, but if I had to narrow down to the top 10 must-do items, here’s what they would be…
1. Spend a Day on Grand Anse Beach
There’s a reason Grand Anse is Grenada’s most popular beach. After all, who doesn’t want to kill time sunbathing, kayaking, banana-boating or standup paddling on a near-perfect white-sand and blue-water coastline? With comfortable lounge chairs available for rent; trees with thick foliage for shade; and some of the calmest water you’ll ever encounter, it’s ideal for anything from a relaxing swim to an adrenaline pumping water sport. As an added bonus, there are restaurants and bars nearby offering up tasty and reasonably priced food and drinks so it’s the ideal all-day beach for solo travelers or groups with a variety of interests.
2. Go on a Road Trip
For someone who doesn’t love to drive, I love road trips a whole lot! I believe road-tripping is something you should do anywhere you visit, if it’s possible – even if it’s just for a day. Grenada has at least 3 major road trip routes you can take, each requiring at least one day of your time. Your options range from the route along the island’s east coast, one along the west coast, and another that cuts through the rainforest in the center. They all give you the opportunity to see beautiful sites and do amazing things, including visiting the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, Concord Waterfalls and the centuries’ old River Antoine Rum Distillery. However, if you want to cover the key sites in one go, this route takes you to the 7 best spots!
3. Go Scuba Diving
Grenada’s clear water and vibrant marine life make it a diver’s paradise. With dozens of dive sites, including 15 wrecks and the famous underwater sculpture garden, novice and veteran divers have their pick of the type of diving they want to indulge in. Whether you sign up for a multi-day dive package or just a two-tank dive; whether you go down with a large dive center or you choose a smaller, boutique operation, you’ll have the opportunity to take in some amazing underwater sights and get up close and personal with the island’s colorful marine life.
4. Go Tubing along the Balthazar River
When I say river tubing, I’m not talking about the leisurely exercise done on lazy rivers moving at an unhurried pace…I’m referring to the invigorating experience of being bumped and tossed around boulders and down rapids by a powerful current…with some calm breaks along the way. Lined by towering trees that provide much-needed shade and spotted with large rocks throughout its course, the Balthazar River is perfect for an invigorating tubing experience. Whether the water is high or low, there are ample obstacles to offer you a fun ride. Check out my blog post on this experience to gain a better understanding of what the experience will be like!
5. Spend a least a Day on Carriacou
You can either book the 45 minute flight or the 2 hour ferry ride from St. George’s to Carriacou, in order to be transported from paradise to Eden. At 34 square km, with a population of approximately 8,000, Carriacou is the perfect escape from the busier, tourist dominated mainland. Visit the island for a day, or consider overnighting in order to enjoy as much time as possible on its secluded white-sand beaches. While there, schedule in a few hours to pop over to Sandy Island, and of course venture up to the fort and take in the stunning view from one of Carriacou’s highest points. Check out my travel guide to Carriacou to see what else there is to see and do while you’re there.
6. Get a Taste of Petite Martinique
Once you’ve made it to Carriacou, it’s only another 30 min boat ride to get to Petite Martinique, so don’t pass up the opportunity to visit this gem. At 586 acres with a population of approximately 900, PM is a charming dot in the Grenadines that mesmerized me when I visited last year. There’s no data access (only wifi), just a handful of cars, a lot of fishing boats, and you can see every single star in the sky when all the lights go out well before 9:30 pm each night. It’s the perfect spot for anyone seeking absolute seclusion and a much slower, more peaceful and unpretentious way of life. Sounds like your cup of tea? Here’s my guide to this truly off-the-grid destination.
7. Visit Any (or All) of the Waterfalls
Grenada is famous for its waterfalls so you can’t leave without visiting at least one. Some, like Royal Mount Carmel and Annandale are easily accessible either by driving up or making a short trek. Others, like Seven Sisters and Victoria Falls require a lot more time and effort to witness their majesty, but you’ll find that once you’ve prepared yourself for the journey, it’s quite manageable. And totally worth it. Be adventurous and scale the rocks to leap into their deep pools, or play it safe and wade in their cool water…either way, it’ll be a magical experience.
8. Chow down at the Fish fry
Food. Yummy, delicious, home-style cooking. You can get it at so many different restaurants on the island, but I find it even more satisfying to sample the local fare at the weekly Gouyave Fish Friday Festival. It’s quite a long drive through dark countryside roads to get there, but once you arrive and take in the sight of dozens of food vendors lining the streets, the scent of lobster tail, fried coo coo, lambie broth, and the sound of soca and steelpan music filling the narrow lane, you’ll agree that it’s something you can’t miss.
9. Seek Excitement or Solitude on Hog Island
In an interesting twist, Hog Island offers two very different experiences depending on the time of the week you decide to visit. If parties and liming (hanging out) are your thing, hop a boat from Woborn to the island on a Sunday when Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar stocks its shelves and hosts the most epic beach bash. But if you prefer a lot of alone time, then find yourself on the island any other day of the week, when the activity dials down to zero, and the seaweed and abandoned conch shells are your only company.
10. Get Your Hash On
Like being outdoors? Enjoy hiking? Don’t mind getting dirty? And not at all bothered by the idea of navigated heavily wooded areas without an actual trail? Then hashing is for you! And Grenada’s hashing community is pretty active. Sign up for the Hash House Harriers mailing list and join them on one of their excursions. The terrain may appear extreme to beginners, with steep hillsides and thick foliage, but just listen to the call of ‘On on!’ from those ahead of you to know you’re on the right track. It’s not the easiest of activities but some of the views you’ll encounter along the way are so beautiful and once you’ve completed the course, have all the fun downing a cold beer with some of the new friends you made on this unconventional adventure!
I consider Grenada my second home and I take pride in the many wonderful things the island has to offer both residents and visitors alike. Have you ever been? What are your favorite things to do in the Spice Isle?
Wow! Your photos are fabulous! The waterfalls look so refreshing and I love how the foliage is bright green! A beach vacay sounds amazing right now in this frigid Seattle weather I’m in!
Thank you so much! Also, I’m sending you some virtual sunshine from the Caribbean, I can only imagine how cold Seattle gets this time of year 🙂
Wow what an amazing place! Grenada wasn’t on my list of places to visit, but it sure is now!!! Thanks for the informative post! 🙂
Thank you so much and you’re very welcome! If you do make it to Grenada some day I know you won’t regret it 🙂 Happy travels!
I loved this article- definitely going to add this to my future trips! The beach/waterfalls look so beautiful and you will definitely find me at the fish fry! Cant wait to read more of your post!
Thanks so much! I hope you can make a trip to Grenada someday, soon, you’ll fall in love!
Oh how I am longing to visit the Caribbean, and Grenada seems to have something for everyone. I was trying to decide which things on your list I would most like to do if I had the chance to visit…but it’s impossible to eliminate any of them!
It’s a tough call eliminating any of those things but the great thing is, you only need a few days to cover it all 🙂 I hope you make it to Grenada one day, it’s an amazing destination!
I’ve never been to Grenanda, but the Island seems full of surprises and impressive things to do. You are speaking of a road trip, but what would be the best amount of time spend on road trip there? I’m a road trip enthusiast and really would love to stay more than a day on the road. Thanks a lot for your advice!
Hi Ariane, because of the size of the island, you can easily cover it all in one day but if you wanted to take your time and see as much as possible then I’d say you can plan out an itinerary that lasts maybe 2 days, 3 days max. The accommodation options at the north of the island are limited but there are several guest houses that would provide adequate places to overnight and you could cover the east and west coast as well as explore the rainforest in the center 🙂
What a great, informative article! I’m actually visiting Grenada in 2018 for a family vacation. Visiting the waterfalls and the fish fry was already added to my list of things to do and see You made my job as family vacation planner so much more easier- thanks! I look forward to reading more of your posts.
OMG! Grenada looks just spectacular. I’m so mesmerized. The sculpture garden is a things of intriguing beauty! Waterfalls and Hog Islands are totally my kinda places – beautiful, untouched nature and solitude.
Hog Island was one my fave experiences ever – absolutely solitude…you don’t get that in many places 🙂 Everything else was also so epic in their own way…Grenada really is a special place 🙂
Thats really beautiful! I especially like the under water sculptures.. they are beautiful but a bit (quite) creepy as well. We are planning to spent some time in the Caribbeans next year and it would be great to spent some days on Grenada as well. It looks really great and the activites (especially the rafting) are awesome for the kids! Thanks for sharing!
The underwater sculptures really are a little creepy, especially when you stumble across one unexpectedly lol but they’re amazing to witness! I do hope you’re able to make it Grenada some day, your entire family will have an AMAZING time!
Wow – it looks amazing. I would love to visit that a wonderful beach but what appeals the most is the fish – I love trying something new. Grenada looks like a very special place to visit.
It really is! I hope you’re able to visit some day!
The post is great! I really love your photos 🙂
Thank you so much 🙂
Dang my bucket list just got longer!
Happy to hear it 🙂
I really had no idea there was so much to do in Grenada! It sounds like there is definitely something there for everyone. I can’t help but feel like this would an ideal place for extended travel or slow travelers, it seems like that could be immersed in for quite some time.
Your pics made me so jealous! I want to see these places myself. Bookmarking this trip babe. Great post! xx
Amazing! I would love to scuba dive and see the underwater sculptures – how fascinating!
What a great place and thank you for the great tips:-)
It is so beautiful there! It’s in our bucket list 🙂 I really just don’t know how I’ll feel scuba diving and seeing those statues. I’m a scaredy-cat, you see haha!
Lol I hope you make it to Grenada soon! I know scuba diving sounds a bit overwhelming but you can try a Discover Dive experience where you just get your feet wet (no pun intended lol) and see how you feel about it lol
Now you’re making me want to visit Grenada! Love these photos and tips for things to do :).
Beautiful pictures!! And all the activities look so fun! I’d like to go tubing on the river!!
Thank you! I hope you’re able to visit Grenada soon and do some of these things!
This looks amazing! I would love to visit 🙂
I hope you’re able to visit soon!
Such a great and detailed post! Grenada looks incredible 😀
nice post you made me want to hop a plane! love the pics.
These all look like so much fun, but tubing on the river, and visiting the water falls are right up my alley. Grenada is calling my name.
I don’t even know where Grenada is, but it looks like a place for adventurous travelers. So much to do and the diving looks spectacular.
There is so much more to Grenada than the all-inclusive resorts my husband and I have looked at! I can’t believe I didn’t realize the epic scuba diving that this island has. I also love trying local cuisine on any trip we take so that fish fry is right up my alley.
Such a great list! I am all about some fast-paced river tubing!! Following that up with some solitude on Hog Island?! Yes, please!!
The river tubing sounds exciting but kind of scary, too. Tossed around the river along the rapids…phew, but I guess it must be a fun experience.
I really gotta get my butt to Grenada! I’ve never been, but you definitely have moved it far up the list (also pinned for safe keeping). Scuba diving looks amazing, but the Gouyave Fish Friday Festival absolutely caught my eye – I always like to try new, local foods – I’d absolutely be in heaven there!
As soon as I saw the first photo of the perfect-white sandy beach, you “sold” Granada to me. Further on, when I read about the waterfalls, Granada got instantly on my bucket list. It seems like a true paradise! And I have to say, I like the fact that it is small in size what makes it perfect for a leisure road-trip ! Perfect!
I like the sounds of the road trip and tubing on the river. Spending a day at the beach looks relaxing as well. That sand is amazing looking. I can see why you consider Grenada a second home.
That underwater sculpture garden is spooky, diving would be scary down there! Liming on Hog Island sounds like fun, that’s my new word for the day too ‘liming’! You have some amazing photos on here just like on your Instagram account!
This is such a great list! Grenada is on my list of places I’d love to go. I find those underwater galleries ultra fascinating! I just hope I can see them snorkeling as for health reasons hubs and I cannot scuba. Love the beaches and the tubing looks awesome.
It is so gorgeous and you are lucky to have visited so many times. The beach is beautiful and scuba diving is something I have always wanted to do!
Grenada looks wonderful! I’d love to see petit Martinique but who knows if I’ll ever get there! Stunning photos of a paradise island.
PM is great! I only spent a couple days there but wish I had time for a few more…its so peaceful and far removed from everything!