This waterfall site has not one but three separate streams to visit—from a 35-foot cascade right as you enter the falls area to two larger waterfalls that require a hike through the forest reserve. The first waterfall is accessible via a paved path with handrails and is worth making the visit to for the sight alone. The natural pools here make for a refreshing swim.
The forests are popular for hiking among large boulders, creeks and trees. The winding path leads through a nutmeg plantation, first visiting the second waterfall named “Au Coin” before finally reaching the farthest waterfall (“Fontainebleu”), which towers 65 feet over the ground below. It takes approximately an hour to reach the final waterfall, and while it is possible to swim in the clear, small pools underneath the falls, visitors are advised to watch the currents.
The Grand Etang Lake in the central highlands of Grenada was formed in a natural crater of one of the island’s extinct volcanoes. Now filled with bright blue water, multiple waterfalls and creeks flow into the lake, creating a tropical landscape that beckons to be explored. Spanning 36 acres, the lake itself is approximately 20 feet deep.
With the presence of native birds, brightly colored reptiles and rare vegetation throughout, it’s impossible not to feel the rain forest climate. Mona monkeys can be seen and heard in the neighboring jungle, while armadillos, mahogany trees, mongooses and rare tropical orchids are other sights to look for. As this is a popular hiking spot, most visitors enjoy taking the trail surrounding the lake or choose from one of many shorter treks through the lush rain forest. It takes approximately an hour and a half to hike the entire loop, but the views are worth it.
If you find yourself watching two people dancing barefoot in a large copper pot, rhythmically moving to the beat of a drum while stomping on piles of cocoa, you know you’re at the Belmont Estate on the northeastern coast of Grenada. Here at this traditional island estate that dates to the late 1600s, “dancing the cocoa” is just one tradition that still lives on to this day. Designed as a way to remove unsightly residue from the exterior of freshly grown cocoa beans, the dance today is a highlight of touring the 400-acre plantation. Though the estate was founded on sugar and coffee, it’s now spices such as nutmeg and cloves that spring from the Caribbean ground. For travelers with a self-professed chocolate addiction, a tour of the neighboring Granada Chocolate Company showcases the process of cocoa beans being transformed to silky rich chocolate.
The hikers’ favorite, Grand Etang preserves the nutmeg groves and tropical rainforest of Grenada’s central highland.
At the park’s heart is the crater lake that gives the park its name, Grand Etang Lake. A network of walking trails meanders away from the lake, through the park, around the lake and towards the coast via the Concord Falls. Choose from 20-minute ambles to multi-hour treks.
You’ll be greeted by local monkeys at the visitor center, where you can pick up walking trail leaflets on park destinations like Seven Sisters Falls and Mt Qua Qua.
While walking, see if you can spot mahogany trees, hummingbirds, frogs, lizards, mongoose, armadillos, tropical flowers, caribs and hawks.
The Carenage is St. George’s lively waterfront promenade, winding around the Inner Harbour. It’s the place to be seen in St. George, the town’s seafront hub and ringed by attractive whitewashed buildings from the colonial era. Waterfront shop, restaurants and cafes cluster here, and it’s also the location of Grenada’s lively Saturday-morning market. You can shop here for duty-free bargains, the island’s trademark spices, preserves and local crafts. While you’re here, step off the Carenage to visit Fort George, dating back to 1705 and rewarding you with fine views over the harbor.
This expansive nutmeg garden is the home and source of a variety of nutmeg products made by the company De La Grenade. As Grenada is famous worldwide for its spice exports, particularly nutmeg, the gardens here give visitors the chance to experience the heart of the “Isle of Spice.” Learn about the historical, traditional and medicinal uses of spices and other local plants. The highlight of the experience is an aromatic walk through the herb and spice gardens, which spans over two acres. Walk over nutmeg shells, enjoying the smell of local fruit trees, flowering plants and of course—the nutmeg spice. In addition to seeing many of the natural plants and flavor sources, visitors can sample De La Grenade’s many beverage concentrates, syrups, jams and house La Grenade liqueur. The processing area grants behind-the-scenes insight into how these products are created and then shipped all over the world.
In 2004 Hurricane Ivan destroyed almost 90 percent of the buildings on this Southern Caribbean Island. But in the decade since, residents of Grenada have restored—and in some cases even improved upon—the historic beauty of this scenic island. Grenada’s beaches, waterfalls and vast spice plantations still continue to draw travelers to its peaceful island shores.
Ships that dock in popular Melville Street Cruise Terminal can easily access most of St. George’s on foot, since the exit to this port empties directly into downtown. Smaller ships berth at the Carenage, which is also close to a number of waterfront shops and restaurants. Though far less visited compared to Melville Street, its considered by some to be the most picturesque part of St. George’s.
Water-lovers can head out early to nearby Grand Anse Beach. The world-famous shores of this luxe destination are just a ten-minute taxi ride from port.