Ten things you must do in Grenada and Carriacou

Stroll along the beach

Between them, Grenada and Carriacou are blessed with a plethora of stunning beaches, but make sure you take the time to wander along the 2km Grand Anse Beach in Grenada and the 1.6km Paradise Beach in Carriacou. Both are picture-perfect scenes of island bliss and you can’t beat sinking your toes into the soft sand while soaking up the views.

Climb every mountain

Okay, maybe not every mountain, but there are plenty of peaks to set your sights on, including the 2757-feet Mount St Catherine on Grenada and the 955-feet High North Peak on Carriacou. You will be rewarded for your efforts with absolutely awesome panoramic views of the islands and surrounding waters.

Circling the Sisters

One of the most-famous dive sites, which has phenomenal coral growth and a diverse mix of marine life, is the Sisters, off Carriacou. These two rock pinnacles actually provide two dive sites, Deep Blue and Barracuda Point, and can be extremely challenging, as they are washed by strong currents. A must-dive for experienced divers.

Visit the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’

Even if you aren’t a committed wreck diver, you have to pay homage to one of the largest shipwrecks in the Caribbean, the monster Italian liner Bianca C. She sank in 1961 and is sitting upright in over 50m of water. She has started to deteriorate after over 55 years on the seabed, but there is still plenty to see and she remains a magnificent, awe-inspiring sight.

Chasing waterfalls

Grenada boasts several visually impressive waterfalls, but St Margaret Falls, also known as Seven Sisters, is worth a visit – the lower two falls are perfect for family outings, but the higher five promise a formidable trek for the adventurous. Also check out Concord Falls, which gets ever more beautiful the higher you go, and the remote Tufton Hall Waterfall, which will require you to don your hiking boots and complete a three-hour guided hike into the interior.

Traditional boat building

On Carriacou, you have the unique opportunity to visit Windward, and see sailing boats and sloops being painstakingly hand-crafted using traditional methods passed down by Scottish settlers. Time your visit for the beginning of August, and you will also be able to witness the exciting Carriacou Regatta Festival, a three-day event which sees locally built vessels of varying size compete against one another.

Travel into the past

The Belmont Estate is a 300-year-old, working plantation, and it provides visitors with the unique opportunity to see firsthand the centuries-old practice of processing cocoa and producing some of the region’s best chocolate. Re-enactments are regularly held, giving a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Enjoy a fresh fish supper

Gouyave is Grenada’s main fishing town and is renowned for Fish Friday, your opportunity to mix with the locals, who flock here for this weekly outdoor culinary event where you can sample seafood delicacies of every description, all cooked fresh over open fires. Gouyave is also home to one of the largest nutmeg processing factories on the island.

Underwater works of art

Whether you are a newly qualified diver or a seasoned veteran, you have got to pay a visit to Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park, which was ranked in the Top 25 ‘Wonders of the World’ by National Geographic. Weirdly lifelike sculptures by Jason de Caires Taylor and other artists adorn the seabed, slowly being engulfed by vibrant marine growth. It is so shallow, even snorkellers can join in the fun!

Tour St George’s

St George’s is the capital of Grenada, and it is home to many interesting tourist attractions, including Fort George, which was built by the French in 1705 and offers stunning views from the battlements. The town is also home to the Grenada National Museum, which is housed in a French barracks dating back to 1704 and displays hundreds of historical items, including Carib and Arawak artefacts, whaling industry tools, sugar-processing machines, and even Josephine Bonaparte’s marble bath!