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10 Best Grenada Tourist Attractions

St. George's, Grenada
St. George’s, Grenada, is known for its historical sites. Credit: Pixabay license

The best Grenada tourist attractions and things to do are mainly outdoors and created by nature.

The country of Grenada consists of a main island also called Grenada plus a series of smaller nearby islands. The country is one of the rainiest in the Caribbean, so it is known for rainforests and waterfalls.

The main island has many hiking opportunities and quite a few waterfalls. The capital city of St. George’s and nearby plantations give visitors who prefer more civilized things to do a chance to view history, architecture, estates and plantations.

Shore excursions from the major cruise lines offer tours of the capital city, spice plantations and waterfalls along with the usual water excursions.

1) St. George’s

Grenada’s capital has a horseshoe-shaped harbor surrounded by multicolored, dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of shops and homes.

The city is filled with English, French and West Indian history and also has many opportunities to view French and British Colonial architecture. Highlights include the pink Anglican church, Market Square and Fort George.

2) Fort Frederick

Frederick is known as the “backwards facing fort” because its cannons face toward the island rather than toward the sea. It offers excellent views of the surrounding area. The fort is about 1.7 miles outside of St. George and requires a long uphill climb. But it has good photographic opportunities.

3) Annandale and Concord Valley Waterfalls

Annandale Falls sit on the outskirts of St. George’s and are easily accessible. Restroom facilities are available and refreshments are available for purchase from nearby shops.

Concord Valley has three waterfalls known together as the Concord Falls. The first stage is easily accessible by road and is suited for swimming. The second and third stages are only accessible by path.

Note that full island tours are popular and often include stops at both Fort Frederick and Annadale or Concord Falls. These tours usually cost about $60 to $80 including transportation.

Grenada waterfall
Grenada waterfall; © BigStockPhoto.com

4) Fontainbleu and Royal Mt. Carmel Waterfalls

At Fontainebleau, the water drops down a 65-foot cliff into a crystal clear pool. The Royal Mt. Carmel Falls are the highest on the island, with two falls dropping more than 70 feet.

These falls are accessible by road. The Seven Sisters are a series of falls near Grand Etang. They are accessible by foot via a half-hour walk.

5) Estates and Plantations

Tours near St. John include Douglaston Spice Estate, Dunfermline Rum Distillery and Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station. St. George has the Grenada Sugar Factory, St. Andrew has Grenville Nutmeg Processing Station, St. Patrick has River Antoine Rum Distillery and St. David offers Westerhall Rum Distillery.

At least one rum distillery is a common stop on island tours.

6) River Antoine Rum Distillery

This privately owned distillery has used nearly the same processes since the 1800s. It is the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the entire Caribbean. Guided tours are available for a small fee.

7) Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Cooperative

Grenada is known as the Spice Island because of its nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon plantations. The village of Gouyave has a nutmeg plant that is open for tours that cost a nominal fee.

8) Hiking

One ninth of the island’s 133 square miles is protected in parks, preserves and natural sanctuaries. The island has mountainous, volcanic terrain. Highlights include Mount St. Catherine at 2,750 feet tall, crater lakes, dwarf forests, mountain rain forests and dry lowland forests.

9) Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve

The rain forest of Grand Etang Forest Reserve in the interior mountains is the most popular hiking location on the island. The reserve has several different ecological subsystems, including elfin woodlands high up the slopes of the reserve’s central mountains.

Plantlife includes mahogany and gommier trees and ferns, tropical flowers and other local species. Birds include the broad-winged hawk, Lesser Antillean swift, Antillean euphonia, purple throated carib, Antillean crested hummingbird and the Lesser Antillean tanager.

Other local animals include opossums, armadillos, mongoose and the Mona monkey. Hikes range from 15 minutes to several hours.

10) Levera National Park

The 450-acre park offers a scenic coastal area, a popular beach and a wildlife habitat lagoon with herons, black-necked stilts and common snipes.

The park’s marine areas have coral reefs and seagrass beds that shelter lobster and reef fishes. Sea turtles, which are protected from May to September, hatch their eggs on the beach. Hikes include a trail that circles a 45-acre pond.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the America.
November 30, 2021