Grenada is one of the southernmost Caribbean islands, located due north of Venezuela and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Grenada is the largest of the Grenadine islands with a population of around 110,000 people. It’s capital city St George’s is located on the south west coast of the island and is the main hub of activity and home to many of the islands residents.
British travellers will feel familiar on this beautiful island as it was once a British colony and shares many of it’s place names with towns back home. The flight time from the UK is around 10 hours to St George’s which is easily one of the most beautiful of all the Caribbean cities. The whole island is not as dominated by tourism as many of the other Caribbean islands, giving a much more personal and authentic experience of life on these beautiful islands.
When to go?
September and October are the obvious months to avoid in the Caribbean as this is Hurricane season. Out with these two months the island provides some fantastic weather all year round due to it’s proximity to the equator. January to April provide the least humid months of the year and also the driest, this is considered the high season for tourism on the island.
What to do?
The main hub of activity lies in the south west corner of the island in the areas surrounding St George’s and in the city itself. The islands best beaches can be found here including the world famous Grand Anse with its white sand and crystal clear water. There are many great beaches in this part of the island and each one of them looks like a picture postcard of the Caribbean we all dream of visiting. The beaches are never crowded and you can find your own, almost private, slice of paradise by exploring the south west coast of the island.
As well as beautiful beaches, this part of the islands includes some fantastic hotels, restaurants and bars. There is truly something for everyone here, whether you want that local flavour, fine dining, american style or the best Caribbean BBQ I have ever tasted.
The night life on the island is vibrant with the usual bars and clubs, if you hit the right place at the right time you could find yourself amidst a street party in the north west coast village of Gouyave.
No visit to the island would be complete without travelling inland to take in the wonderful rainforest. Or if you fancy, take a lazy drive up north and visit one of the many rum distilleries.
The best way to get around the island is by hiring a rental car and there are a number of companies to choose from on Grenada. Car hire excess insurance is must when visiting any foreign country so make sure you pick this up when renting a vehicle. While it may push up the cost of the rental it can save you hundreds or even thousands of pounds should you get in to an accident or damage the vehicle.
Grenada is waiting for you to come and explore it’s beauty, experience its culture and have the holiday of a lifetime.