Welcome to one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Grenada is a real gem, and you’ll find it nestled between Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent, providing tourists with a perfect seaside escape in a magical and enchanted setting.
It might be worth choosing Grenada as your next holiday destination if you’re hoping to go home with both a perfect suntan and excellent knowledge of the local history and culture. After wandering past wrought iron gates decorated with cornflower motifs and rusty cannons of times gone by, you won’t be surprised to hear that Grenada boasts a fairly unique past. And it will soon become clear once you touchdown in Grenada that no, this not just any old Caribbean island. During your stay here, you can learn all about the history of the American invasion and marvel at ruins of spectacular cathedrals devastated by Hurricane Ivan. What’s more, if you are brave enough, you can even join one of the coastal snorkelling tours to explore shipwrecks and statues of a bygone era, such as that of the slave trade.
Grenada is also called Spice Island, and it’s no coincidence. In fact, the island got its nickname thanks to its long-standing tradition exporting nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa and much, much more. All local dishes are made with unique flavours and irresistible aromas. Take a bite out of the exotic fruits growing on the island before quizzing street vendors on which part of the nutmeg they use to make their produce. You can even try the unique flavour of chocolate tea! Grenada also boasts a beautiful climate, and it’s by no means a coincidence that this tropical island has won countless awards for its plants and flowers. As soon as you set foot on the island, you’ll understand why. Wherever you turn, you’ll be met with a whole host of beautiful flowers and plants adorning the local region’s waterfalls and landscapes, making for some amazing photographs from every angle.
Let’s talk about the people: Grenada is famous for its hospitality, as well as its well-established tourist sector, which always guarantees great comfort and convenience. The people here are friendly, passionate, and genuinely keen to share information about their culture. The locals are really proud of their island and, with a little luck, you might get to watch a singing performance or two. Come and discover Grenada as a solo traveller, with your partner or with the whole family. It’s in places like this that you come to understand the true sense of belonging, as a citizen of the world, thanks to the extraordinary people who make it their mission to get visitors involved in their daily lives.
And seeing as we’re in Granada, we should probably mention the Caribbean's best beaches! Although Grand Anse’s irresistible beauty is fairly well known by now, the rest of the coastline also has a lot to offer travellers looking to explore far and wide. Immaculate sand, crystal clear waters and incredible views of the Caribbean, this island has a whopping 45 different beach spots to visit and explore.
We have compiled a list of the best beaches in Grenada to help you decide where to go first. There’s no doubt you’ll be thanking us upon your return to your Costa ship.
Grand Anse Beach
As previously mentioned, Grenada boasts over 45 beaches, but none are on a par with Grand Anse. With over three kilometres of immaculate sands, Grand Anse is located in a protected area of coastland in the south west. A few kilometres from the main town of St. George, Grand Anse is Grenada’s most loved and popular beach, and perhaps one of the most memorable seaside locations you’ll ever get to visit.
Flanked by some fantastic tourist facilities, Grand Anse is the perfect destination for those of you wanting to get off the cruise ship and find a stretch of beach where you can relax and enjoy the best the Caribbean seaside has to offer. This is the place to come if you’re looking to enjoy some sunshine, crystal clear waters, or even throw yourself headlong into one of the local water sports activities that attract thousands of tourists every year. We’re talking water skiing, parasailing, kayaking and even a few diving and snorkelling expeditions, allowing you to swim among majestic schools of fish. Expert divers can visit the Bianca-C wreckage, a luxury ship that once sunk in the Caribbean sea. Around here, at night, you can also admire turtles and resting schools of fish.
Once upon a time, the area was overrun with street vendors. Nowadays, a market area has been built for vendors to sell their goods. Come here if you are looking for a souvenir to take home. You won't regret it.
Whether you’re on a trip with your other half, friends or even the whole family, the coast boasts some excellent facilities, faultless hospitality and brilliant entertainment activities for both the young and old alike, guaranteeing that no one will get bored! And if you feel like stretching your legs after a dip in the ocean, you can always head to St. George’s splendid marina, or take a tour of Granada’s National Museum, where you’ll find a magnificent collection of artefacts belonging to the local nobility.
The beach is also home to countless bars and restaurants serving the very best local cuisine on terraces overlooking the sea. What more could you ask for?
Grand Anse is a great starting point for a good hike. Make sure to bring some comfortable shoes and a camera with you to capture every moment of your stay here.
Welcome to Morne Rouge, one of the most magical beaches in all of Grenada. If you are here, it’s probably because the beach’s fame precedes it. Morne Rouge is a wonderful strip of immaculate coastline that attracts thousands of snorkelling enthusiasts in search of the perfect spot to admire the Caribbean seabed.
Morne Rouge is not too far from Grand Anse, but be warned: if you stop off for a quick visit, you will probably want to stay for the whole day! Bring a towel and all your beach accoutrements. You’ll no doubt be enchanted by the soft sand under your feet as it gently slopes into crystal clear sea waters. Here, the ocean is calm and warm, making swimming a real pleasure.
Morne Rouge is located fairly near the city of St. George, along the south west coast of Grenada. The area is surrounded by dense and lush vegetation. Also known as the BBC beach, Morne Rouge was once coveted by the locals, who kept it a precious secret. Nowadays, it is very famous, and a lot of people come looking for a spot to lay out their towel on this beautiful beach.
This is also a great place to come with the kids! Morne Rouge is the perfect location for your little ones as it boasts calmer waters and less tourists, making it easier to keep tabs on the kids while you enjoy the Caribbean holiday you have always deserved!
Morne Rouge is within easy walking distance of Grand Anse beach. Just head to the southern end of the beach and past the hill, and you’ll immediately be hit by the picture-perfect splendour of this sought-after location.
Although you won’t find any restaurants directly overlooking the beach here, you can always visit the nearby coastal areas to taste local products and the best of Caribbean cuisine. Otherwise, be sure to bring a tasty packed lunch and plenty of fresh water with you – so you won’t lose your spot on the beach!
Sandy Island Beaches
Just in front of Paradise Beach is a beautiful uninhabited landmass called Sandy Island. This is a veritable paradise boasting white sands and wonderful, clear waters, making diving a real pleasure. Unfortunately, Sandy Island was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. After the tragedy, Grenada transformed the island into a nature reserve. Today, the island is home to underwater flora and fauna in an uncontaminated and fabulous natural setting.
Sandy Island is located on the island of Carriacou, and is worth a visit if you are fond of snorkelling and want to make some unforgettable memories. This is not just any old tropical beach, it’s perhaps one of the most beautiful and wild on the island, with an ‘unspoiled charm that makes it truly unique. Especially because there are never many people on Sandy Island. Tourists much prefer well-equipped beaches, such as Grand Anse. The island is only accessible by boat, so why not take advantage of the opportunity and make a day of it in this Caribbean paradise?
There aren’t any restaurants or bathing facilities here, so bring your beach bag and a decent packed lunch.
Tired of picture-perfect landscapes? Head inland on Sandy Beach and immerse yourself in a fantastic lagoon, where you can go for an amazing dip in shallow waters.
There are so many places in Grenada ready to catch your eye. And some are well-kept secrets that you’ll only learn about after a bit of beach-based research. Magazine Beach is a small beach on the island’s southern coast and boasts golden sands and a magnificent natural landscape, making for the most idyllic view. The Caribbean’s spectacular crystal clear waters lap gently at the sea shore. Come here for a swim or to enjoy an afternoon of snorkelling.
Lay out your towel and enjoy the natural beauty. Despite being close to the airport, Magazine Beach is perfect for relaxing in a less crowded area than Grand Anse, and it offers a variety of facilities that will help you make the most of your trip. The Aquarium restaurant, for example, hosts a spectacular barbecue every Sunday. And if you prefer, you can always bring a packed lunch and enjoy every single minute under the Grenada sun. We would do the same!
You can get to Magazine Beach by taxi. There is no public transport network here, which means the local area is really quiet. There are, however, public toilets so you can enjoy a worry-free day in the company of a few limited beach facilities.
Levera beach is very different to the rest of Grenada’s immaculate coastline. This area is surrounded by mangroves, making it the perfect location to admire local nature without having to worry about other tourists. Come here with a camera and a desire to discover the island’s true spirit, which is a little different from Grenada’s usual picture-perfect beaches.
Swimming here is not recommended if you’re less experienced, due to the strong currents, but this beautiful location will leave you mesmerised while you enjoy the sound of waves crashing onto the rocky shore. If you come at the right time of year, you can also join a tour to watch turtles laying their eggs. It’s an incredible thing to witness! Tours only take place at night, but if you head to Levera early in the morning, you might spot a few turtle footprints in the sand.
Come and spend a relaxing day here, but remember, you’re best off taking your little ones to one of the many other beaches dotted along Grenada’s coastline.
Of all the beaches in Grenada, Bathway Beach is perhaps the most lively during times of celebration. This strip of white, sandy coastline is often packed with people eager to celebrate with music, local produce and delicious drinks. If you happen to arrive on one of these days, we recommend coming here. A simply unforgettable cultural experience awaits you!
That being said, if you come to Bathway at any other time of year, you’ll probably find it... virtually deserted! We’re not kidding! Bathway Beach is a peaceful place, where soft sand slopes gently into crystal clear Caribbean waters. And if you’re looking to snorkel or dive here, you’ll need to bring your own equipment. It’s also worth remembering to bring a packed lunch and lots of drinking water with you. Even if you’re likely to be greeted by a series of food or street parties, it is always a good idea to come prepared!
Swimming at Bathway can be dangerous, so it’s best to stay close to the shore and venture no further than the coral reef. Even experienced local swimmers don’t stray! If you’re on holiday with children, we recommend going to a different beach.
Welcome to Paradise beach, an enchanting stretch of coastline located in western Grenada, between Hillsborough and Tyrrel Bay. The lack of bathing facilities here has allowed the beach to resist mass tourism for now, and the location is calm and peaceful. It’s definitely worth a visit to soak in the unspoiled beauty.
You’ll find Paradise Beach on Carriacou Island, and it provides the perfect combination of comfort and quiet. Come here if you are looking for a peaceful spot that’s not too busy, without giving up the creature comforts that make your day that bit more enjoyable.
Paradise Beach is a stretch of white coastline that slopes down into turquoise waters. Behind the beach, and adding to the diverse local landscape, are clusters of almond and fruit trees. The water is shallow and warm, making it the perfect swimming spot for both young and old holidaymakers alike. The bay is also well-sheltered, meaning it’s free from currents that might cause problems for less experienced swimmers.
Come here for a spot of snorkelling, or bring a book with you and settle down for a day of sunbathing and absolute relaxation.
The local area is also equipped with bars and restaurants offering excellent local produce, including fish dishes. Perfect for a quick break!
Anse La Roche
Anse la Roche is one of the most isolated and scenic beaches in Grenada, and you’ll find it on Carriacou Island. You can swim to the coral reef from here, so it’s a good idea to bring a mask and snorkel with you for the day. Come to Anse la Roche and sink your feet into immaculate sands while you admire the beautiful clear turquoise waters set against a breath-taking backdrop. Diving enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that Anse La Roche offers a very decent alternative to Sandy Beach, albeit slightly more difficult to reach.
This is also a great place to admire the local wildlife, such as turtles, and be enchanted by a landscape that promises infinite surprises. Bring your camera and remember that Anse La Roche is essentially an untouched natural haven. You won’t find any facilities or restaurants in the vicinity, but you can easily reach Carriacou Museum, which offers a splendid insight into Grenada’s historical traditions and culture.
Lance aux Epines
Welcome to Lance aux Epines, an immaculate strip of coastline surrounded by dense green vegetation and crystal clear Caribbean waters, and a beach that’s bound to make you fall in love with Grenada. The location is perfect for a day spent off the beaten track and away from mass tourism. Come here to swim, relax, sunbathe or snorkel. The seabed is a real sight to behold.
Easily accessible, Lance aux Epines is a great location for those wanting a peaceful place to sink their feet into the sand and enjoy the sounds of the sea. You can also book a catamaran tour to admire Grenada from a totally different angle.
Located just a short distance away are bars, restaurants and facilities to help you relax during the hottest hours of the day. Take the kids with you too: it’s the perfect place!
Just a 20-minute walk from the main road is beautiful Black Bay. This enchanting strip of dark sandy coastline is located just a short distance from St. John and is the ideal destination for anyone wanting to visit the nearby Black Cave and spend an afternoon on a unique beach. The water does get quite deep and a little dangerous just a few metres from the shore, but wow is this place amazing!
Black Bay is a great choice if you want to recharge your batteries and relax between your travels from one cruise destination to the next. The beach is quite small, but it’s worth every minute of your time. Black Bay is surrounded by a verdant jungle, perfect for finding refreshments and taking amazing photographs. It’s probably best to come here without children. Walking on foot might be a little tiring for them and there’s no shortage of alternatives in Grenada!
If you visit in the right season, Black Bay is the perfect place to admire incredible flowers and plants in their natural habitat. Bring a packed lunch and lots of water. That way, you’ll be free to spend the whole day here!
Set sail for Grenada with Costa Cruises
Why not set sail for Grenada with Costa Cruises? Whether you want to enjoy an unforgettable day on the hugely popular Grande Anse Beach or you’re looking to experience the irresistible thrill of a dive in Morne Touge, you will really be spoiled for choice. Grenada awaits you with its wonderful beaches, irresistible Caribbean landscapes and (historical and culinary) traditions that you will remember forever! What are you waiting for?