Due to its mountainous interior, Grenada
possesses an irregular coastline, marked by many small bays and inlets.
As a result, it offers several secluded and private beaches, many of
which seem to have been untouched since the island rose from the sea.
Most of the better-known beaches are in the southwestern part of Grenada,
including the beaches at Calabash, Lance aux Epines, and Horseshoe.
This is also the location of Grenada's most famous stretch of sand,
the two-mile long Grand Anse. Located just south of St. George's, this
stunning soft white sand beach has attracted many of the island's hotels
and resorts. Unlike other islands however, Grenada has made sure that
the development is very unobtrusive. By law, no hotel on the island
can exceed three stories or the height of the palm trees, and the accommodations
along Grand Anse include many intimate and cosy inns.
Walking, Hiking, Trekking
With its astonishing natural beauty
and wide variety of ecosystems and terrain, Grenada offers some of the
finest walking, hiking, and trekking opportunities
in the Caribbean.
Grenada's surrounding waters offer some
of the best sailing in the Caribbean, and the island is as a result
one of the yachting centers of the Caribbean. Even if you're not a
sailor, you shouldn't miss an opportunity to enjoy the excitement of
a regatta or the pleasures of a day or evening cruise. The Grenada
Yacht Club organizes quite a few sailing events each year, including
most notably the Grenada Sailing Festival in February, and there are
several charter companies that offer cruises.
Scuba-Diving & Snorkeling
Grenada offers a number of excellent snorkeling
and dive locations, many of which are among the last great unexplored
dive sites in the Caribbean. The west coast of the island is edged
by one long offshore reef, and the reef itself is marked by the 600-foot
wreck of the Bianca, a cruiseliner that went down here in 1961. The
most convenient snorkeling is found in the area just south of Grand
Anse beach. This said, however, visitors should know that the real
center of dive activity is around Grenada's sister island, Carriacou.
Although largely undeveloped, Carriacou is accessible by boat and plane,
offers a number of accommodations, and is encircled by marvellous,
Sport fishermen have long recognized
the abundance of Grenada's surrounding waters, and the annual Spice Island
Game Fishing Tournament attracts pros from all over the world. For the
rest of us, there are plenty of charter companies that offer day trips
to the same fine fishing grounds.
An extensive range of watersports is available
in Grenada, including parasailing, diving, and cruising. Most resorts
offer the full array of beach watersports, and a number of companies
specialize in charters and rentals.
The Grenada Golf & Country Club is
a nine-hole course located near Grand Anse. Facilities include club
rental, instruction, a clubhouse offering snacks and a bar, and caddy
service. For more information, call 473-444-4128.
Visitors interested in a few sets of tennis needn't look far, as many hotels
have tennis facilities. Even if your hotel doesn't, it is quite easy to
make arrangements for a court with another that does. There are also public
courts at Grand Anse.
The best buys in Grenada are batik and screen printed textiles,
locally made handicraft, leather craft, and wood carvings. Attractive
jewelry is sold by Spice Island Jewelry. Spices, locally-made jams, jellies,
and syrups, especially nutmeg, local fresh fruits and vegetables are
other good buys.
Grenada also offers fine duty-free bargains.
Gittens Duty Free Shops have an excellent selection of duty free perfumes
and cosmetics, both on the Carenage and at their newly expanded shop
at the airport. Jewelry, crystal, and other gifts are available at
Bon Voyage, on the Carenage and at the airport. Colombian Emeralds
at the airport offers a fine selection of quality duty free jewelry.
Duty free liquor is available at the airport.