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  • grenada-harbor-2.jpg - The colorful harbor of St. George's, Grenada.
  • harbor-victoria-grenada - Victoria Harbour in Grenada.
  • Seven-Sisters-Waterfalls-Grenada - Seven Sisters Waterfalls on Grenada.
  • caribbean-sea-grenada - Boats in a bay in Grenada.
  • port-louis-grenada - Port Louis Marina on the outskirts of the capital city St. George's in Grenada.
  • Grenada-beach3.jpg - Blue waters and white sands await you in Grenada.
  • grenada-schooner.jpg - A schooner glides through the waters off Grenada.
  • grenada-drone-still3.png - Drone footage of the marina at St. George's, capital of Grenada.
  • Grenada-StGeorges3.jpg - History buffs will appreciate the many historical sites in St. George's, Grenada.
  • st-georges-harbor-grenada.jpg - The colorful horseshoe-shaped harbor at St. George's, capital of Grenada.
  • grenada-drone-still2.png - Drone footage of the horseshoe-shaped harbor at St. George's, capital of Grenada.
  • Grenada-snorkel.jpg - Explore coral reefs along the Grenada shoreline on your next Caribbean cruise.
  • Grenada-StGeorges.jpg - St. George's, capital of Grenada, is a picturesque city of of stone buildings and red-tile roofs.
  • Grenada-sunset.jpg - Take some time to enjoy a beautiful sunset on Grenada.
  • grenada-waterfront.jpg - The coastline along the western edge of Grenada.
  • grenada-shadowfax-crew.jpg - A crew member aboard Shadowfax during a tour along Grenada's western coastline.
  • Grenada-beach2.jpg - Snorkel from a beautiful beach on Grenada.
  • fort- jeudy-grenada - Fort Jeudy on Grenada.
  • Grand-Anse-Beach-Grenada - Grand Anse Beach on Grenada.
  • Grenada-waterfall.jpg - Escape to Grenada and enjoy some incredible waterfalls.
  • grenada-harbor.jpg - Closeup of houses along the harbor of St. George's, Grenada.
  • grenada-catamaran.jpg - A catamaran glides into the marina at St. George's, Grenada.
  • trek-waterfall-grenada - Trek along a hiking path to a waterfall in Grenada.
  • grenada's-west-coast.jpg - The rugged beauty along Grenada's southwestern coast.
  • Sea_cloud_grenada.jpg - Sea Cloud in Grenada's capital of St. George's.
  • Grenada-StGeorges2.jpg - Stroll along the waterfront of St. George's on the island of Grenada.
  • grenada-cling-cling-grackle.jpg - A common grackle, called a cling-cling by the locals, at Goat Island in Grenada.
  • grenada-coastlineb.jpg - The coastline of Grenada, seen during a shore excursion on Silver Spirit.
  • grenada-drone-still.png - Drone footage of the harbor of St. George's, Grenada, with Silver Spirit in the foreground.
  • grenada-harbor2.jpg - Houses overlook the harbor of St. George's, Grenada.
  • grenada-inlet.jpg - A pleasure boat exits the harbor of St. George's, Grenada, on a fall morning.
  • grenada-michelle-shadowfax.jpg - Michelle, one of the deck hands on Shadowfax during a Champagne and Lobster excursion in Grenada.
  • grenada-Sandals.jpg - A glimpse of Sandals resort as seen from a passing boat in Grenada.
  • grenada-shadowfax-captain.jpg - The captain of the Shadowfax during a tour along Grenada's western coastline.
  • grenada-stag-beer.jpg - Stag beer, a premium lager made by Grenada Breweries Ltd.
  • beach-mayreau-grenada - The beach at Mayreau, Grenada.
  • nutmeg-gouyave-grenada - The nutmeg processing plant in Gouyave, Grenada.
  • Grenada-beach1.jpg - Stroll the lovely beaches of Grenada on your next Caribbean cruise.

Grenada travel guide: Top things to do & see

our guide

The vibe

Peppered with fragrant spice trees and centuries-old spice estates, Grenada has a mystical presence. Today, this Caribbean island known as "spice isle" grows nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, bay leaves and tumeric on its volcanic soil. Their seductive scents linger in the colorful Saturday markets and Grenada’s forests.

Working spice plantations and rum distilleries on the island still use traditional, old fashioned methods: sugarcane pressed by water power, fermented into rum in copper pots and bottled by hand. Take guided tours to sample rums or see the spice factory in Gouyave where spices are sorted, dried and milled.

Grenada's interior is studded with mountains; Mount St. Catherine is the highest peak at 2,760 feet. Visitors to the mountains will find lush green forests, rivers and the occasional waterfall.

Cruise ships that call on Grenada

Top reasons to go

  • Grand Anse Beach may be Grenada's most famous stretch of beach. It is also a short cab ride (or water taxi ride) from the Cruise Terminal.
  • Annandale Falls seems to have it's own local economy, with vendors selling cold coconut drinks, a monkey ready for its close-up, and the Annandale Dare Devil Divers, who will amaze you with feats of derring do.
  • The Dougaldston Spice Estate is a monument to Grenada's past where the island's spices (nutmeg, allspice, cloves and other spices) are grown and processed.
Port Louis Marina on the outskirts of the capital city St. George's in Grenada.
Lee Coursey / Creative Commons BYPort Louis Marina on the outskirts of the capital city St. George's in Grenada.

Top things to do & see on Grenada

St. George

Surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater, the city of St. George is on a horseshoe-shaped harbor. From the cruise terminal you can take the Grenada Discovery train, which takes you on a tour of this city, including to Fort George and Grenada’s National Museum. Another fun stop to venture to in town after debarking is Market Square, which shows the diversity of spices and goods from the island.

Nature

Grenada’s scenery ranges from tropical rain forests to mountaintop dwarf forests to gorges, which makes them attractions for their spectacular beauty. Take a swim under cascading water in a clear rainforest pool formed by waterfalls, such as Annandale Falls and multilevel Mount Carmel Falls. Atop Mount Sinai is the Grand Etang, a lake cradled in its crater. Levara National Park and La Sagesse Nature Reserve’s estuary are havens for birdwatchers.

Beaches

The island’s best beaches can be found on the southwest coast, near the capital St. George’s, including the two mile long, white sand Grand Anse, which has hotels and resorts. In the north, Bathway Beach is famous for its black sands and Levara Beach is seculded with a great view of the Grenadines. If you want to venture to the sister islands of Grenada, the island of Petite Martinique also has striking beaches on its leeward side.

The beach at Mayreau, Grenada.
Lee Coursey / Creative Commons BYThe beach at Mayreau, Grenada.

Best bets for dining

The variety of spices on the island makes for some wonderful dishes, and there are plenty of restaurants available. However, be sure to visit some very special food places that produce the specialties of the island. The Grenada Chocolate Factory has vintage machinery powered with solar energy, so you can enjoy delicious chocolate while being earth conscious. De La Grenade produces almost anything you can think of when it comes to nutmeg. And Westerhall Estate produces some of the best rum on the island.

If you want a taste of local flavor, check out Gouyave Fish Fridays. Head out to this beach town to get the freshest fish on this day and experience the never-ending party that goes all day and late into the evening. Enjoy beers and the best food for a low price (usually around $10 overall) and meet the friendly locals.

Best time to go

The driest time is between January and May, when the weather starts to warm up. However, the weather is usually pretty good all year round, and even during the rainy season between June and December, rains tend not to last very long.

Fort Jeudy on Grenada.
Tony Hisgett / Creative Commons BYFort Jeudy on Grenada.

Fun facts

  • Kick-'em-Jenny is a funny-named seamount (underwater mountain) that erupted in 2001. Boats make a wide detour around the rough waters directly over the volcano.
  • Being on the southern edge of where hurricanes usually pass through, Grenada has only experienced three hurricanes in the last 50 years.
  • If you’re looking for something local, try Carib, the island’s local brew, along with conch, called lambi by locals.

When you arrive

Docking information

Cruise ships dock in the Port of St. George. They'll either dock at the Cruise Terminal (about a five-minute walk to town) or in the harbor (and passengers are tendered to the wharf downtown).

Getting around

Buses on the island have standardized routes and are often minivans carrying 15 to 19 passengers. Cabs on Grenada have fixed fares rather than meters. That said, it is a good idea to confirm the price to your destination with your driver before you enter the cab. There will also be numerous taxi drivers offering to take you on an island tour.

Water taxis run from the Cruise Terminal area to beaches, such as Grand Anse Beach. It is a fun way to travel if you don't mind a little salt spray. 

Need to know

Documents: U.S. and Canadian citizens will require a passport.

Currency: East Caribbean dollar

Tipping: We suggest you leave a 15% tip, but only if there is no service charge already on the bill. Always check the bill.

Safety: You will feel relatively safe when traveling around Grenada, although crimes against tourists, such as robberies, do happen. You can avoid becoming a victim by storing your valuables in a safe place and not walking around alone at night (most likely, you'll be back at the ship). 

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“After docking in St. George’s, visit Grand Etang National Park for its misty rainforest with monkeys, hiking trails and a volcanic crater lake. Outside the center, a series of booths sell hot meals, drinks and souvenirs. ”

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