There are lovely beaches tucked away in La Sagesse Nature Center, but bird watching is the bigger draw here. Birds flocking to the estuary’s tranquil mangroves, scrub, cactus, and salt ponds include coots, egrets, herons, and flycatchers. Follow the hiking trails that wind through the park and see how many varieties you can spot.
Formerly the estate of Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Lord Brownlow, La Sagesse Nature Center is located on the southeast coast of the island. This idyllic hideaway offers accommodations, including a colonial-style manor house and cottages. There’s a beachfront restaurant where you can dine under the palms. In addition to birdwatching, the property boasts peaceful beaches and free guided tours. Some island tours also include the nature center, offering time to swim and snorkel at the beaches.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The waters aren’t as crystal-clear as in the rest of the Caribbean, so this location is not ideal for snorkeling.
- Beach beds, deck chairs, and kayaks are available at the resort.
- Remember to bring your binoculars if you’re interested in bird watching; also, be on the lookout for friendly monkeys.
How to Get There
La Sagesse is located on the southeast coast of Grenada on La Sagesse Bay in St. David; it is 30 minutes away from St. George’s by taxi. From the cruise terminal, it’s 40-minutes’ drive; you can either prebook a taxi for a set rate or grab one upon arrival and negotiate a fee. Tours of the island typically include round-trip transportation from the hotels.
When to Get There
La Sagesse Nature Center is open daily from 8am to 9pm and admission is free. You’ll encounter the biggest crowds during the weekend, but the center’s beaches are known for being secluded and less congested than others.
Seven Sisters Waterfall
Located inside the Grand Etang Rain Forest on the south side of Grenada, the Seven Sisters Waterfall is a 7-step waterfall with a large pool at the bottom that’s perfect for swimming. This natural attraction is also a popular hiking spot. Guides are available to provide walking sticks and to help hikers navigate slippery rocks.