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Truly the most imformative up-close tour of Grenada, you will begin around 9am and be back around 5pm. I will pick you up in a new air-conditioned van and we will begin our journey through this great island.

What do you get to experience on Dexter's Tour?

Rain forest & mona monkeys.

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Visit the Rum Factory

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Visit Local Market & Eat Lunch

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Visit the Nutmeg Factory

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Visit the Chocolate Factory

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Visit one of our many waterfalls

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Smell and taste grenada, cool comfortable transportation, travel the entire island, make new friends, previous grenada tours, jumping into concord falls.

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Water Power Wheel at Rum Factory

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Feeding the Mona Monkeys

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Great day out with the monkey caller Dexter. Great tour at half price of Sandals. Very knowledgable.
I heard about Dexter through several friends and decided to give his full day tour a try. WOW! There's not many island tours that make so many stops and are put together so well. You feed the Mona Monkeys in near the Etang Lake, visit the nutmeg processing facility, the chocolate factory, rum distillery, take a dip in a natural pool, and head off to do some shopping before returning to your resort. A Grenadian lunch was included as well as all the entrance fees to the factories and national parks. We reached out to Dexter before we arrived and he told us exactly where to meet him, on the beach at Sandals Grenada. Sure enough he was there and we booked on the spot. We ended up with a full tour, about 12 people. No one felt rushed and everything flowed very well. Dexter is amazing and absolutely recommend his tour, you don't be disappointed.
Had the best time with Dexter! Our tour on November 29, 2019 with Dexter was terrific, picked us up on time on a very comfortable van. We got to see many sites with no rushing actually he was very accommodating with our time. He answered our questions and have us information on the island history and present situation. His driver Mr. D as we called him was great. The locals knew Dexter and we where treated like family. Totaly recommend Dexter as your tour guide.
My wife and I have done a few excursions on different Caribbean islands, and we his is probably the best one. Dexter and his driver Ram picked us up just outside of the Sandals resort and took my wife and I on a private tour of the island for a great price. We swam in a waterfall, went to the market, toured a fort, got to see some of the cocoa and nutmeg trees (and sampled fresh cocoa seeds). The highlight was the Mona monkeys: Dexter and Ram found some by the rain forest, and they were jumping between our shoulders! Dexter got us a ton of photos and videos during the experience. It might seem a little shady, a guy unaffiliated with the resort on the beach, but he’s legit and will give you a genuine tour of the island. No crowded buses with other tourists shuffling like cattle from stop to stop.
Highlight of our entire trip to Grenada! We met Dexter while staying at sandals. He gave us the most entertaining tour of the island. Feeding wild monkeys, waterfalls, cocoa factory, and island shopping. This day did not disappoint.
Highly recommend! Dexter is absolutely amazing. The tour is very laid back. You get to see the whole island. Dexter makes you feel comfortable and safe. He’s knowledgeable about the rich history of this beautiful island. This was hands down the best tour. Thank you, Dexter!
We had a great time with Dexter. He didn’t rush us and let us see all the island had to offer. I would recommend him to anyone who wants see the island. Seeing and interacting with the monkeys was the highlight of our vacation.
We were greeted by Dexter on the beach at Sandals Grenada. He told us about his tour and the price was reasonable. We loved the tour!!! Dexter worked very hard to find some Monkeys, and he found them. He was very knowledgeable, as we learned a lot about Grenada history, spice trees and the Island. A very nice man and an awesome tour. Thanks again Dexter!!! See you next year!! Frank and Karen Mele
Great smile, great tour. Thank you Dexter
Done full day,full island private tour with Dexter back in December.He usually stays on the beach by the Sandals hotel with green umbrella. As we stayed in Sandals and read good reviews about Dexter and his tours, we decided to try his tour instead of going with large group on official Sandals tour company. Thought its better to support some local business too. And tour was great, we saw & fed monkeys, visited local factories,beaches, Concord waterfall, Pearl airport. Basically as it was private tour for us, our driver Desmond brought us to all places we asked for, we stopped at all stops we wanted to see and were able to spend as much time at each stop as we wanted.We never needed to rush. It was long day but well worth it.

Spice Plantation Tour


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Didn't get your fill of Grenada's flavors at the Belmont Estate ? Then book your Spice Plantation tour with Travelgrenada. These four- to five-hour-long excursions will lead you to the quaint fishing village of Gouyave, where you'll spot the local spice factory and nutmeg processing station. Then, the tour heads into the mountains to the Belvedere Plantation, where you can sample fresh Grenadian banana. You'll also have the opportunity to hike in Grand Etang National Park before cooling down with a swim at Concord Falls.

Travelgrenada will pick you up from your hotel or cruise ship before hitting the road. Tours must be reserved in advance, and the cost is roughly $108 XCD (about $40 USD). To learn more, visit .

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Many travelers that have wandered the narrow streets of St. George's say that it's almost like walking through an oil painting. The vivid, brightly painted houses exude an aura of colonialism. In fact, Grenada's capital city—located on Grenada Island's southwestern shore—has earned the unofficial title of the most beautiful harbor town in the Caribbean.

Devote an hour or two to exploring St. George's marina (known as the Carenage), where you'll find plenty of restaurants serving up local cuisine with a side of spectacular views. But there's much more to this city than its postcard-worthy appearance. St. George's serves as a great place to get a whirlwind introduction to Grenadian culture. Discover the islands' colonial history at Fort Frederick and Fort George and learn about local spices at Market Square .

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Private Grenada's Spice Route

Private Grenada's Spice Route

  • Immerse yourself in the unique culture and history of "The Island of Spice" on our private, half-day "Grenada's Spice Route" tour.
  • Revel in the breathtaking sights of the cascading Concord Falls, capturing unforgettable memories with stunning photo opportunities.
  • Visit Gouyave, a picturesque fishing town, boasting 50% of Grenada's fish caught here, coupled with a scenic 45-minute drive along the west coast.
  • Walk the historic grounds of Dougaldston Estate and experience firsthand the fragrant spices, and major crops including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and cocoa.
  • Marvel at the natural beauty of Grenada with a drive through the lush Grand Etang Rainforest, home to the glistening Crater Lake and unique mona monkeys.


This very special private, half-day tour will give you an intimate look beyond the traditional tourist side of the island of Grenada and its landscape, people, and products. You will soon discover for yourself why the island is referred to as "The Island of Spice".

Admire the drive to the beautifully cascading Concord Falls, the unspoiled nature surrounding the waterfall and the clear pool of water below. Take some time to further explore and capture stunning photos! Quality spices can be purchased at the spice shop, before continuing your voyage around this beautiful island.

Drive along the picturesque west coast that takes you to the fishing town of Gouyave. Where 50% of the islands fish is caught!

Continue your journey with a drive to the lush volcanic mountains of, Grand Etang Rainforest. Where you can take some time to absorb the beauty of natural Grenada. Peeking out of the vegetation, you will spot the Crater Lake glistening among the hills surrounding it. This lake is an extinct volcano that was once responsible for forming the island of Grenada. Time will also be taken to see if we can attract some of the mona monkeys, which are unique to Grenada in the western Hemisphere. You may also take a 10 minute walk on the nature trail if you desire.

This private tour option affords you a very up-close and personal look into Grenadian life and what makes this beautiful island so special.


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Visiting The Spice Isle? Here's A Local's Ultimate Guide To Grenada

Local content creator Harmony loves nothing more than exploring her homeland and she shared with Travel Noire the ultimate guide to Grenada.

Nasha Smith • Jul 10, 2021

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Grenada is the southernmost Eastern Caribbean country in the Antilles archipelago. But the Spice Isle — a nod to its bountiful nutmeg plantations — is actually the mainland, surrounded by a smattering of smaller islands. Like many of its neighbors, Grenada’s miles of white sand, turquoise waters, natural reserves, waterfalls , and cuisine are standouts for tourists. But you can never truly know a country like a local, which is why Travel Noire turned to a daughter of the soil to provide a guide to her Grenada.

Harmony is a content creator and copywriter from Canal Road, Grenville, St. Andrew, or what she calls the “countryside.” She had her own travel epiphany while studying international business at St. George’s University.

“A year before I was supposed to graduate, I said, ‘You know what? This is not what I want to be doing.’ So I took a sabbatical and I went traveling for about four years.”

Her leap of faith took her to nearby Trinidad, where she lived for seven months. Harmony also did stints sailing between Antigua and St. Maarten, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala. But as cliché as it may sound, home truly is where her heart is and Harmony loves nothing more than exploring her homeland. She shared with us the ultimate guide to Grenada.

Underwater Sculpture Park

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There’s an underwater museum here in Grenada. It’s just off of the western side of the island, and basically an ode to Grenadian history and culture. There’s a sculpture called The Nutmeg Princess and the circle of children joining hands. It’s a tribute to the slave trade here in Grenada. It also doubles as a secondary reef for that side of the island. That’s my number one absolute favorite place to go.  And I can’t swim, so it’s safe for people who can’t swim.

Sailing on the Jambalaya

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This is a 75-foot schooner, and it’s owned by a woman, which is not something that you see very often; women sailors. The reason why I love going out with her specifically is that it’s more comfortable and safe for me as a woman, and I like to do stuff on my own. Her staff is very welcoming. It’s not like some of the other boats that I’ve been on, where you might get hit on, so I love going out with her. She has amazing price packages, which include vegan options for food if that’s your lifestyle, which a lot of the other boats don’t offer.

The Lookout Point in St. Patrick’s

There’s a lot of different names for it. The one that I know is Rose hill and it’s a trek up a really steep hill. The lookout shows you Sugar Loaf and some other islands of the Grenadines. And there’s a lake, the Levera Pond, that you can see overlooking. It’s in the shape of Texas.

Pearls Airport

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The Pearls Airport is an abandoned airport that was built back in the 1940s. There was controversy surrounding it because it was built by Cubans, and we got invaded, partly because of this airport. The US thought that it was a military airport for the Cubans to launch their missions.

Sunday barbecue at Aquarium Restaurant

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My favorite food spot is also kind of an event. It’s Sunday barbecue at Aquarium restaurant . There’s live music every Sunday from some of Grenada’s best live bands. The food there’s amazing. My cousin and I actually partner with them for content but I’m not just saying that because we’re doing content for them. The food is amazing. The service is amazing. The music, the ambiance — everything. It’s right by the ocean. And then they have an upstairs event space, which is my second favorite place to be. They do specials on Prosecco and champagne every Friday and they have some of the best DJs come and play there.

Cherry’s Kitchen

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Cherry’s Kitchen is a sushi spot owned by these two amazing Filipinos. They’ve been in Grenada for a really long time to the point where the only way that you can tell that they’re not Grenadian is by looking at them because if you hear them speak, they sound like us. They have amazing sushi and the prices are unbeatable. They actually rival in taste even some of the more upscale sushi spots here in Grenada.

Chadon Beni Roti Shop and Grill

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In terms of really nice dinner spots, I would have to say Chadon Beni . They’re a roti shop but then at night, they transform into this grill that you can get amazing steaks, lobster, and fish. The price also is amazing. I want value for my money. I’m never gonna break the bank just to eat, so I always look for the best price for taste.

The National Dish: Oil Down

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It’s not something that is prepared every day because it takes so long to make. But most of the local food spots, you’ll get it there. You won’t get it at restaurants per se. But there are all these little food shops on the side of the road that offer oil down on a Friday. I can’t tell you exactly where you can get it because it’s one of those dishes that I would eat from literally anywhere. Wherever I see it, I’m stopping, and I’m getting it.

Asiatique at Silversands

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I like this hotel called Silversands, but it’s mad expensive. Actually, you have to have your dollars to go there. But they have a restaurant there called Asiatique and the food there is really, really good. It’s like Asian Caribbean fusion in a way.

Annandale Waterfall & Forest Park

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Annandale is a waterfall but right at the edge of it, there is an amazing restaurant. It overlooks the waterfall itself and their food is really good as well. The service is amazing. Pretty well priced. The only issue that I have with them is that you would either have to be driving or catching a taxi because it’s really far out of the way. It’s almost halfway into the rainforest.

Honorable mention to breakfast at Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, House of Chocolate, and hiking Mount Qua Qua and Mount Saint Catherine.

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Ultimate Travel Guide To Grenada, The Caribbean Spice Island

Are you dreaming about deserted tropical beaches, lush green landscapes, sun-drenched skies, and a rum punch or two? Well, the small island nation of Grenada just off the coast of Venezuela delivers on all three counts and much more.

Only 21 miles long and 12 miles wide the island will weave its magic on you with its rich blend of heritage and amazing natural beauty. This travel guide to visiting the beautiful Caribbean island will show you exactly why you should consider adding to your bucket list, a holiday to Grenada.

Travel Guide To Grenada

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Disclosure:   I was hosted by the Grenada Tourist Board, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie. This post also contains affiliate links whereby I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps with the costs of running my blog so I can keep my content free for you. Thanks as always for your support! See my disclosure policy  here.

Watch the highlights from my Grenadian adventure:

why go to grenada

Not to get confused with Gran-ah-dah the Andalusian city, Gren-eh-dah is the Caribbean volcanic island minus all the crowds.

sima overlooking the port of Grenada leaning against a wooden post surrounded by greenery

Laid back and utterly charming, Grenada is less developed than other Caribbean islands. Visitors get to experience authentic island life without the heavy commercialisation at every turn.

The tropical paradise, a former British colony boasts dramatic mountainous landscapes, and rich spice-producing heritage and is home to some of the finest chocolate.

Read on to discover the best of Grenada and more of my travel guide, from what to do, eat, and where to sleep:

Things To Do in Grenada

Explore st george’s.

view out toward the Caribbean Sea from Fort George

The bustling capital of Grenada is frequently referred to by locals as just town and is classed as one of the most beautiful cities in all of the Caribbean. An array of colourful houses cascade down the hillside to the calm bay surrounding St George’s.

Hike up to Fort George, the 300-year-old fortress with working cannons. At the top admire the 360-degree views of the city and out beyond to the Caribbean Sea hence why it’s relatively high up on this ultimate travel guide to Grenada because it’s a must-do on your next holiday!

view of glass bottom boats, catamaran and yachts in moored up in the dock/marina

Make time to wander the historic streets, along the harbour waterfront, known as the Carenage. The restored Georgian buildings now house shops, restaurants, and ocean front bars playing relaxing Caribbean reggae music all day long.

make your own chocolate

This spice island is making big waves in the chocolate market with a boom in the trend for bean to bar chocolate making. Entrepreneurs from the US and the UK have arrived on the shores of the Caribbean island searching not for beaches and rum, but for world-class cocoa!

There are five chocolate producers on the island and Tri-Island Chocolate is the new kid on the block. Founder Aaron Sylvester inherited the cocoa land from his grandparents. In a life-changing decision, he stepped away from digital music marketing in London and into the world of Grenadian chocolate.

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Tri-Island have launched a great Grenada chocolate-making experience in their shop and cafe in St George. After a one-hour workshop at a cost of £31, visitors leave with two chocolate bars made by their own fair hands and learn about cocoa and the chocolate-making process.

Tri-Island | Lower Lucas Street | St Georges | Grenada | Website

go rum tasting

Almost every Caribbean island produces its own rum and Grenada is no exception. Plenty of places offer rum tasting such as the River Antoine Estate home to the oldest rum distillery in Grenada, which has been producing rum since 1785. Their most famous is the Rivers Overproof rum at 70% ABV. It’s so potent it can only be enjoyed in Grenada as airlines have banned the combustible liquid on flights. Thankfully they do make different strengths which are fine to transport.

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Head to the abundance of rum shacks around the island and bartenders will be happy to talk through all the different varieties. Most hotels will also hold their own rum-tasting sessions.

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TOP TIP: And for the daredevils out there ask for the under-the-counter rum or Babash as it’s locally known. This traditional homemade version is an infusion of various herbs and spices. Each one will be different with ingredients like mountain spice, lemongrass, cinnamon bark, and a number of exotic species like scorpions. Be prepared, it’s very, very strong!


In Grenada, the smell of spice lingers in the air, and nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, bay leaf, clove, turmeric, thyme, and lemongrass grow in abundance. With year-round sunshine and fertile soil, they produce many organic fruits and vegetables like coconuts, sweet potatoes, callaloo (similar to spinach), papaya, and mangoes.

The melting pot of cultures means you’ll eat lots of French, Spanish, African, and Indian-influenced cuisine too with Caribbean spices adding a delicious twist. Travelling as a vegetarian I had no issues with food and always had plenty of options.

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Try the national dish oil down, basically a one-pot feast of either meat or saltfish with vegetables and dumplings (vegetarian versions are available too). Then the Frybakes or just bakes filled with either saltfish, corned beef, or cheese. My favourite callaloo soups and roti, thin wraps stuffed with curried meat, fish, or vegetables. And of course, a rum punch or cocoa tea can help wash it all down.

tour a nutmeg plant

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You can’t visit the Spice Island and not experience a spice tour. Grenada now produces almost a third of the world’s supply of nutmeg. In the small fishing village of Gouyave, northwest of the island you can discover how. Watch all the stages of nutmeg and mace production in the largest nutmeg processing factory on the island. The factory is still run by hand labour and gives you a fascinating insight into factories of old.

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TOP TIP: Don’t miss trying nutmeg ice cream or nutmeg jelly (jam for the UK readers) whilst in Grenada. Slightly addicted I bought back four jars which should keep me going until my next visit.

snorkel with eagle rays

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Explore the magic of Grenada’s marine paradise, there are great sites for snorkeling and diving on both the north and southern tips of the island.

Initially, the plan was to experience the Underwater Sculpture Park, however, rain in the vicinity meant the team at Aquanauts based at True Blue Bay Resort had to do some quick thinking. The alternative site was Glover Island.

sima and friend snorkelling in the ocean

Here we swam with beautiful eagle rays amongst the beautiful coral. Great visibility and warm waters made for an incredible experience. This rain cloud certainly had a silver lining.

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Hike in the Grand Etang rainforest

There are lots of hiking trails within the Grand Etang National Park all varying in duration and difficulty. The natural wonderland centres around the large volcanic crater lake.

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We enjoyed a half-day tour of the rainforest with Hidden Treasures Hikes and our experienced guide Simon. The tours start from £45 and can be adapted for ability and age.

You’ll find all the flora and fauna typical of the island in this microcosm of Grenada’s mountainous interior. Hike to and swim in the waterfalls, meet the ever so friendly Mona monkeys, and enjoy the wilder side of Grenada.

Hidden Treasures Hikes | Saint George | Grenada | Contact

relax in the clabony SULPHUR springs

One of the best parts of the Hidden Treasures Hikes tour was a visit to Clabony Sulphur Springs. The route to the springs can be a little complicated, so it’s best to hire a local tour guide. Hike or drive through banana and nutmeg plantations to reach the point from where you are able to walk to the springs.

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A short walk over gurgling streams and over rocks will lead to a waist-height rock pool. The rain fell as we relaxed in the naturally warm waters whilst we rubbed the sulphur full of healing properties onto our skin and listened to the sounds of the rainforest. A magical moment and one which I didn’t want to end.

visit concord waterfalls

Take a refreshing dip in the clear, cool waters of Concord Falls. Visit the picturesque 100ft cascade by driving 1.5 miles along Concord Mountain Rd from the village of Concord.

looking down the 100ft cascade of concord fall surrounded by rocks and green foliage

Even if the heavens open as they did on our visit it’s still a beautiful site to visit. And if one waterfall isn’t enough, you’re in luck as Concord isn’t one but three waterfalls. The other two Au Coin and Fontainbleu can be reached after a 45-minute hike.

Go ‘lime’ on A beach

When it comes to beaches in Grenada, the question is how many can you fit into your stay. Completely spoilt for choice you’ll find 45 white and 9 black volcanic sand beaches.

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All the beaches on the island are public, regardless of how exclusive the area looks. Grand Anse is the most popular, followed by Morne Rouge beach locally known as BBC beach, La Sagesse and Lavera beach. Black Bay beach is where you’ll find the silky volcanic sands.

It’s also the best place to practice the unofficial national pastime of ‘ Liming ‘. No, I’m not talking about squeezing citrus fruit. It’s more of a state of being and having a good time – Kick back and relax my friends!

Take a Sunset CRUISE on a Traditional Sloop

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Enjoy an authentic sailing experience on a traditional handcrafted Carriacou sloop. The vessels history dates back to the 1800s when they were used to trade spices and rum between the Grenadine islands.

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Today you can board a sloop with Savvy Sailing, who charter a number of private cruises around the Grenadine islands. Sit back, relax, and admire the stunning views of the island from the crystal-clear waters. It’s the perfect way to end a day with a rum punch in hand, munching on snacks, listening to music, and watching the horizon light up in hues of red, pink and orange.

Savvy Sailing | Saint George| Grenada | St George’s | Grenada | Website

Where to stay in Grenada

True blue bay boutique resort.

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Friendly and homelike True Blue Bay Resort is a vibrantly designed waterfront hotel. The family-run hotel has a strong emphasis on sustainability and recently launched 21 climate-smart Cocoa Pod rooms and suites, all powered primarily by solar energy and harvest rainwater for use in its bathrooms.

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Amenities include two swimming pools. yoga studio, kids’ club, onsite shop, spa, and dive centre. They even run a complimentary shuttle to Grand Anse Beach.


The popular Dodgy Dock waterfront restaurant and lounge bar is also home to Street Food Wednesdays where a range of local, regional, and international street food is on offer – A night many Grenadians look forward to!

When is the best time to visit Grenada

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Grenada enjoys a hot, tropical climate all year round tempered by northeast trade winds. The driest months are typically January to May and the rainy season runs from June to December. Or if you would like to experience a party like no other the August Carnival is a great time to visit Grenada.

Located on the southern edge of the hurricane and tropical storm belt, the island is rarely affected by storms which can occur from July to November.

how to get to Grenada

Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer direct flights to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International airport from the UK. Flight time is approximately 10.5 hours with a short stop in St Lucia to change crew whilst passengers remain on board.

Grenada is also a popular stop on many cruise ships and makes for a great day trip.

Other useful information

The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the local currency in Grenada. Many establishments will accept payments in US Dollars with change being given in local currency. A 10% tax and 10% service charge is added to many hotel and restaurant bills. If no service charge is added at restaurants, a 10% tip is generally expected.

Something not to worry about is plugs. Most places use British-style three-pin plugs, but you’ll sometimes see US-style two-pin plugs.

For more information, please visit the Pure Grenada website.


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Have you been to the Grenada? Or are you planning a trip? Let me know in the comments box below if you feel there is anything I should specifically add to my ultimate travel guide to Grenada.



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That’s a great round up,I have family in Grenada and so will recommend it for first timers to the Caribbean as it is such a compact island with a good network of buses to get around town!

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Thank you so much! I loved my first visit and can’t wait to return. Which part of the island are your family?

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My fave beach trip from last year – love how rustic and authentic it is with not so much commercialisation. A great island to get a flavour of the Caribbean from!

I can’t wait to go back. Really felt like I got to see the real Caribbean.

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Wow there is so much to do! Looks amazing. I think I would love the Springs, never been to anywhere that has them.

Yeah so much more than just sand and sea, although it can be tough to pull yourself away from them.

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I could do with some blue skies and sunshine, Grenada looks stunning, I would love to visit one day

It’s a beautiful place with the most welcoming people. I loved my whistle stop tour and want to go back and discover more.

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I absolutely love everything about this post, the video, the photos, the description! I want to go. Your blog site is wonderful.

Thank you so much Angela.

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You had me at chocolate, rum and palm trees! What a great guide!

Thank you so much. The most idyllic island.

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Looks like so much fun!!! Beautiful beaches!

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What a lovely vacation! I would totally enjoy the immersive experiences in Granada, especially chocolates and nuts, my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

The chocolate was amazing Jyoti.

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Grenada was not on my Caribbean bucket list, but you’ve got me excited! Those mountainous landscapes and chocolate both sound amazing!Hope to visit one day!

It was never on mine either, but the trip really opened my eyes.

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I love the sound of beaches right now. Winter is so cold!

Gosh me too, would love to be back there now.

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Great post! I’d love to visit here one day. Your photos are incredible! Krystianna @ Volumes and Voyages

Thank you Krystianna x

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What a great post! I really enjoyed reading this as I’m thinking of going this year primarily for scuba diving. Thank you!

Oh wow really, good timing then! You have so much more to explore too.

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I’d love to visit the sulphur springs! They sound amazing. And I don’t think there would be much chocolate left if I was making it

Hahaha! The chocolate was super delicious.

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Wow what an absolutely amazing looking place to go and spend some time. I have to admit I would love to get to go to the Caribbean one day – definitely on my bucket list.

I was very lucky indeed to experience such a beautiful island and well worthy of a bucket list.

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A comprehensive round up of things to see and do whilst visiting. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try the under the counter rum.

Thank you Sarah. Yeah that rum was hair-raising!

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OK, so this does sound totally up my street and well and truly on the list! Just love the laid back vibe and I’m a sucker for waterfalls and diving/snorkelling!

In which case you need to book a trip ASAP! 🙂

I loved it Crystal. Love to visit again and again and again 🙂

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I’d love to go to Grenada! It was never on my radar but it looks absolutely beautiful. The food also looks like a great reason to go!

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Thank you for highlighting our wonderful island. Unfortunately, as you were hosted by the Grenada Tourism Authority, you ended up seeing what everyone else sees. Believe me, if you had stayed even two or three nights (and we recommend at least a week, and have many guests who stay two or three weeks) at the north end of the island, you would have enjoyed a more local vibe. Next visit, take a chance and let go of the perks of being hosted, and come and see the real Caribbean. You don’t know what you missed!

This was just a taster! I’m planning on coming back loved the island and the people, so will definitely bear you in mind Kate!

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Grenada looks stunning! I’ve never been to the Caribbean, although I am planning to head back to South America some time soon. As it’s so close to Venezuela (one of my possible destinations) I might have to try and spend some time there. Thanks for the useful information.

Whereabouts in South America Stuart? You should definitely try to go if you’re close.

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Rum, chocolate and sunshine, what more could you ask for?! Sounds like an amazing island with so much to see and do.

I had the best time Katja. The small island has so much to offer.

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What a fabulously colourful island! I’d love to spend some time there with my camera.

Stuart it’s an incredible place. Your camera will love it.

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What a beautiful place! Though you had me at chocolate and rum!

Haha! I was enticed pretty quickly too, so good as well.

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I had no idea the place was so small! It definitely punches above its weight (or landmass??) What a gorgeous feature.

Definitely Nell! It’s a beautiful island and one where you feel like you get an truly authentic Caribbean experience.

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The colours are just amazing! Adding Grenada to my bucket list!

Gemma, you won’t regret it!

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Grenada is definitely worth a visit. It’s such a cool place.

Oh I loved it! And actually can’t wait to return again.

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Caribbean Horizons Tours Grenada

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Caribbean Horizons offers carefully crafted tours and excursions, led by our award-winning tour guides . Whatever you’re interested in, we can make it happen. At Caribbean Horizons we have been sharing our beautiful island with satisfied guests since the 1950s, and we can’t wait to welcome you too!

Scroll down to browse and book our most popular tours or get in touch with our friendly team to start planning your memorable Grenada experience.


  • Gouyave Nutmeg Station or Douglaston Estate
  • Diamond Chocolate Factory
  • Carib’s Leap
  • Plantation Lunch
  • River Antoine Rum Distillery
  • Grand Etang Forest Reserve
  • Annandale Falls for a swim

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  • Woburn Fishing Village
  • Fort Fredrick
  • De La Grenade Industries
  • Historic St. George’s Market
  • Rum tasting at Grenada Distillers

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Duration: 4 Hours


  • Embark on a scenic drive to the Grand Etang Nature Center
  • See firsthand how nutmeg and cinnamon are grown
  • Hike through the rainforest to the beautiful St. Margaret’s waterfall
  • Swim in the refreshing natural pools of the St. Margaret’s waterfall

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Duration: 3.5 Hours


  • Concord Falls
  • a Spice inspired Workshop
  • Belvedere Estate
  • Grand Etang Rainforest
  • Crater Lake and Nature Centre

Duration: 5 Hours


  • Visit 3 of Grenada’s beautiful landscaped gardens
  • Enjoy Sunnyside Garden, Smithy’s Garden & De La Grenade Garden
  • Refreshments

From US$ 85

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Why Every Food Lover Needs to Visit Grenada

T ake a look at the cinnamon stick on your spice rack or teetering on the rim of that specialty cocktail. Now really think about it — do you know where cinnamon actually comes from? If you’ve heard the term “cinnamon bark,” you’re on the right track, as the spice is actually the bark of the cinnamon tree. Wild, right? Well in Grenada , they’re as common as maple trees in the United States. If you live there, it’s likely you have one growing in your backyard.

And cinnamon is just the beginning. During a recent trip to the Caribbean island, I saw clove, nutmeg and allspice trees, picked ackee and cashews, and tasted breadfruit and soursop that were harvested not even an hour earlier. Two different chefs gifted me a branch of bay leaves from their gardens — the small, dried jars from the grocery store are pale in comparison. I tried fish I hadn’t heard of until I asked about the catch of the day and tasted some of the best chocolate in the world. It’s no wonder that Grenada is nicknamed the “spice isle.”

Not only is the country’s food culture amazing, but the people are friendly and know how to have fun . The scenery is stunning, especially if you love being surrounded by white sand beaches and flowers in every color of the rainbow (and then some). Every food lover needs to visit Grenada, and here’s exactly what to savor while you’re there.

Culinary Experiences

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If there’s one culinary experience you need to book in Grenada, it’s a cooking class and garden tour with Chef Kennedy Roberts at his home in Mt. Parnassus. Chef Kennedy is a former politician, diplomat and lecturer at Grenada’s St. George’s University, but his passion shifted to food and cooking. Along with his daughter, Ariel, he started Home Hospitality Grenada as a way to teach the culture and cuisine of the island through hands-on cooking. 

When we arrived for our class, Chef Kennedy was already starting the cocoa tea, a traditional breakfast drink made by dissolving cocoa balls into milk or water and steeping it with herbs and spices like bay leaf, cinnamon and nutmeg. He put me to work grating tania, a root vegetable that’s used to make a spiced porridge. As we continued prep work, he introduced me to some other local ingredients and showed me the seasoning that he uses in everything, a mix of chives, thyme, parsley, onions and garlic. 

Before we could really dig in, we had to venture into the garden for ingredients. It was teeming with everything you could imagine: seasoning peppers, summer squash, big thyme, shado beni (a local cilantro), makrut limes, bay leaves, cinnamon trees, soursop, pigeon peas, the list goes on (I could honestly write an article just about his garden, but I digress). It was a valuable lesson to see everything growing up close and learn interesting facts about the plants (like that ackee is actually poisonous until it naturally opens to reveal its orange-peach flesh, which turns a vibrant yellow when cooked).

What came next was a feast for the senses. We made ackee and saltfish fritters, along with a vegetarian version featuring callaloo, a nutritious leafy green that I couldn’t get enough of during the trip. We made Grenadian fry bake, a light and airy fried dough, and fried summer squash straight from the garden. A local blood sausage was also on the menu. But the crown jewel of the table was “oil down,” Grenada’s national dish, made with salted meat, breadfruit, dumplings, callaloo, coconut milk and spices. The entire spread was laid out on a long table on Chef Kennedy’s terrace where we got to savor the morning’s work. It was a truly magical experience that’s made me a Grenada cuisine fan for life.

Tri-Island Chocolate

Grenadian chocolate is some of the finest on earth, and few do it better than Aaron Sylvester at Tri-Island Chocolate. Sylvester was raised in London and worked as a music executive for the first part of his career, but he decided to make the move to his family’s native Grenada after inheriting land from his grandparents. The property is rich with spice and cocoa trees, so his chocolate is truly bean-to-bar and unbelievably delicious. Book a chocolate bar-making workshop at Tri-Island, where you’ll learn about the history of cocoa and spices on Grenada and how chocolate is made, from fermentation to how it’s processed in his factory. You’ll go home with your very own chocolate bar, which you can customize with everything from salt to coconut. Sylvester also keeps bees on the property, so take home a bag of the chocolate-covered honeycomb, a bittersweet dream I’ve been rationing since last spring.

Belmont Estate

Touring this 17th-century estate is a great way to see the riches of the island all in one place. Located in the northeast part of Grenada, about an hour’s drive from the capital of St. George’s, Belmont Estate is committed to organic regenerative farming, beyond fair trade and low-impact tourism, where supporting the community and preserving nature are always top of mind. You can see it firsthand while touring the farm and tasting produce, learning how their tree-to-bar chocolate is made and visiting the goat dairy. Make a day out of it and check out the restaurant for a three-course lunch that features ingredients from both the estate and other local purveyors.

River Antoine Rum Distillery

If you want to see rum made the old-school way, a visit to River Antoine Distillery, established in 1785, is a must. A 180-year-old water wheel is still used to crush sugar cane and extract its juice (donkeys were crushing it before the 1840s), and wood fires still heat the stills. During our tour, our guide mentioned that technically they could modernize the distillery, but that would mean a ton of jobs lost, so they continue to run it with classic, manual production methods. The resulting rum has a whopping 69% ABV, making it an excellent choice for tropical cocktails.

The Tower Estate

This gorgeous estate and historic house is a botanist’s dream. The grounds are filled with five acres of fruit and spice trees, as well as a garden teeming with vegetables and tropical flowers. The Tower Estate is also known for its tea, which you can sample alongside sandwiches and cakes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Stop by for tea service or Sunday brunch and book a combination house and garden tour, which includes rum punch and local juices.

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Where to eat and drink.

One of the best meals in Grenada can be found at Izakaya, a poolside restaurant at the Calabash hotel that’s helmed by Chef Ramces Castillo . Castillo is originally from Cabo, so he mixes flavors from his native Mexico with Japanese preparations and ingredients, all tied together with Grenada’s rich bounty of fresh fish and produce. The menu is perfect for sharing, and I wholeheartedly suggest springing for the tasting menu and leaving your meal in Castillo’s hands. Crispy rice cakes are topped with spicy tuna, avocado and seaweed salad for the perfect mix of texture and flavors. The Peruvian ceviche is punchy and bright with a tender fresh catch and crunchy chickpeas. The tableside Caesar and fritto misto are delightful ways to get your veggies. Save room for Castillo’s tres leches cake, a perfect confection finished with toasted coconut.

Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid is the ultimate restaurant with a view. Situated alongside Annandale Waterfall, the treehouse-esque space is perched within vibrant flora where you can experience the sights and sounds of one of Grenada’s most beautiful natural attractions. The drinks menu is huge (and the bartenders are experts at making all of them) with everything from Mojitos to tropical-flavored Margaritas to bottles of Carib. Seafood is the specialty, so definitely try the coconut shrimp or whatever fish is fresh that day.

Mark’s Sports Bar

On our way up to Grand Etang National Park one morning, we stopped for breakfast at Mark’s Sports Bar. And by breakfast, I mean for homemade rum punch made by Mark himself, a beautiful bright pink liquid that is deceivingly strong. This roadside open-air bar is a delight, where you can sample the rum punch and also Mark’s homemade spiced rum. Hot tip: buy a bottle to take home, and strain the liquid into a clean bottle. Then refill that bottle with a different rum. The herbs and spices will be strong enough to steep a new batch or two.

Armadillo Restaurant & Guesthouse

It doesn’t get much more tranquil than this secluded hideaway, located at the northern tip of the island. While staying here puts you a little far from the action of St. George’s, coming to Armadillo for a meal should definitely be on your agenda. Owners, hosts and chefs Andrea Nyack and Bernhard Huss lived and worked in Switzerland before making the move to Grenada (Nyack’s father is Grenadian) where they opened this lush and welcoming property. Surrounded by a tropical garden, we dined on blue marlin tartare with ginger, lemongrass and melegueta pepper, lobster red Thai curry with fried rice, and a dark chocolate cake, drizzled with Scotch bonnet-infused syrup and served with passion fruit sorbet.

Secret Harbour Restaurant & Bar

Even if you’re not staying at one of Secret Harbour’s charming cottages, stop by the restaurant and bar for a meal. Lambie (the local name for conch) is the specialty here, and you can try it in a variety of dishes — think ceviche with mahi mahi, lambie and coconut, crispy fried lambie bites, and curried lambie with rice and veggies.

Where to Stay

Spice island beach resort.

There’s something magical about the all-inclusive experience because you simply get to relax and enjoy a property without worrying how many cocktails you’re racking up during your stay. But many (read: most) lack the culinary excellence that I crave on a trip, especially in a place like Grenada where the local cuisine is so incredibly vibrant. But Spice Island does the all-inclusive experience better than most, with gorgeous rooms and a chef that outdoes himself every night.

Spice Island was founded by Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG, who was the only Caribbean hotelier to be knighted by the queen. After his passing in 2020, his daughter, Janelle, took over as president and managing director and continues to take the guest experience to the next level. The resort is situated on Grand Anse Beach, which is by far one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Beach suites are right on the powdery white sand, but you’re never farther than a few minutes’ walk to the water. I’m partial to the Luxury Almond Pool Suites, which are designed with a large private garden and pool that I jumped into every time I passed by. Unwind at Janissa Spa — I loved the signature body wrap, which included an exfoliating scrub, pressure point massage and hydrating mud mask.

There are only two restaurants at Spice Island, but you definitely won’t get bored. Oliver’s is open for breakfast and dinner, and the menu for the latter changes daily so even guests who spend a week at the resort won’t see repeat dishes. The cream of callaloo soup was a revelation, and I jumped at the chance to have roasted rabbit leg (a protein that’s often hard to come by on restaurant menus in the States) with pumpkin and ginger. Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar features a Sunday barbecue lunch and lighter fare like kingfish ceviche. I enjoyed a delicious vegetable roti from my beach chair one sunny afternoon.

Calabash Grenada

Understated elegance is always what comes to mind when I think of Relais & Châteaux properties, and Calabash Grenada fits the bill perfectly. If you can swing it, a pool suite here is also a winner, with plenty of space to spread out and relax after a day of eating your way across the island. Not only does the private courtyard feature a plunge pool, but it’s also decked out with an outdoor shower and soaking tub. A chef’s selection of canapés is delivered to the room at 6 p.m. every evening, perfect for pairing with the bar’s signature rum punch to whet your appetite for dinner. And no need to leave the suite for breakfast, either: it will be delivered every morning to your private patio overlooking the gardens and Caribbean Sea.

But you will have to leave your room eventually, if only to dine at on-property eateries Izakaya (highlighted above) and Rhodes Restaurant. Rhodes is a stunning open-air concept where fresh fish and produce are highlights of the menu. Baked beetroot tartare is dressed with a spiced sea moss-coconut broth, pickled radish and a mango “yolk,” a perfect starter before moving on to Grenadian spiny lobster or the catch of the day (which just might be a fish you’ve never heard of before). The Beach Club also serves great drinks and bites, right on the water.

The beach here isn’t as great for swimming as Grand Anse (though it’s still beautiful), but it’s excellent for water sports — we found ourselves on the Hobie Cat every day zooming past the boats and relishing in the sea spray. I preferred the infinity pool for a swim, which is surrounded by flora and features in-water loungers. I also thoroughly enjoyed the tennis courts, though would recommend going early, as the sun gets brutal as it gets high.

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