The allure of the white sand beaches is undeniable but there is so much more to enjoy in Grenada than uncrowded stretches of white, palm-fringed sand…
Mountain hiking – climb Mount Saint Catherine, the island’s tallest peak at 840 metres. It is the youngest of five volcanoes which comprise the island and has a horseshoe-shaped crater open to the east, with several lava domes within it. There are two approaches to the top, both somewhat strenuous. The better maintained trail is from the eastern side, outside of Grenville. Tours from Victoria are also available, as are guides to Tufton Hall Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the island, halfway between Victoria and St. Catherine.
Rainforest walking – search for the Grenada dove, the national bird, in Mount Hartman National Park or explore the verdant flora, myriad streams and impressive waterfalls (with pools for cooling dips) in Grand Etang National Park (1,000 hectares.
River tubing – see the rainforest from river level and enjoy a splashingly good time on this fast-paced ride along the Balthazar River
Diving – Grenada and Carriacou boast over 30 wreck, reef and wall dive sites all within easy reach of the shore including the coral-encrusted Bianca C, the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’
Snorkelling – discover the evocative Underwater Sculpture Park, set in shallow waters close to the shoret, eeming with vibrant marine life
Spicemas - celebrate with Grenadians as the island comes alive for the annual carnival in August; participation is encouraged at events that embrace live music and dance, street parades and parties, all underpinned with strong cultural stories about the island and its heritage; next planned for 2021
Sailing – Port Louis Marina in capital St George’s offers 160 berths for yachts up to 91 metres and Grenadian waters provide active sailors with some enticing challenges
Chocolate making – work with a farmer, harvesting organic cocoa (there are five tree-to-bar chocolate producers in Grenada) then make bespoke chocolate bars at the recently-opened Tri-Island Chocolate in St George’s – be adventurous by adding island spices such as nutmeg, mace, cinnamon
Hot springs – located in Claboney in the north east of Grenada, the hot springs are untouched and ‘untouristy’. Get in!
And finally - what better way to reflect on a day well spent than a sundowner rum punch - Grenada has three rum distilleries with a fourth slated to open next year - topped with island-grown nutmeg…