On two occasions in 2003 and 2008 I have stayed on the beautiful Grand Anse Bay, the longest and most popular beach on the island with its soft sand dotted with seagrape trees and the azure blue sea. Last time we stayed at Coyaba which has a very convenient location on Grand Anse but I would recommend bed & Breakfast rather than all inclusive because there are many good restaurants close by

The last time we went in 2009, we stayed in La Source at Pink Gin Beach. This is an all inclusive resort where all inclusive includes everything from spa treatments to scuba diving. La Source has a limo included from the airport so no need to worry about transfers

To get to Grand Anse there is no problem finding a friendly taxi driver. It is only a short drive to Grand Anse which was 16 USD for 4 of us. It may have gone up since then but still relatively inexpensive

Every morning we swam in the inviting Caribbean Sea at 6.30 am when it was quiet. The sea was lovely at any time from dawn till dusk and at high or low tide.

Grenada is mountainous and has a rainforest and is famous for its flowers, so an island tour is highly recommended to see more than just the beach. Roger, our tour guide was excellent and took us through Gouyave, famous for its fish fry, Concord Falls, Dougaldston Spice Boucan, Belmont Plantation where lunch was included, Leaper’s Hill, River’s Rum Distillery and Grand Etang, the bottomless lake.

Chris hired a car and took all of us to Lance aux Epines where Calabash has its own beach and then we had lunch at La Sagesse nature reserve. In the evening we went to Morne Rouge, famous for its sunsets.

As it was our 30th Wedding Anniversary, Jim and I dined at True Blue Bay which has a very romantic setting and the food is divine. We also had flowers and champagne at our hotel.

In 2009, we were invited to Calabash for lunch and to look at the fabulous new spa which overlooks the beach below. Calabash is very intimate, each suite is individual. It is an ideal venue for weddings #

In 2008 we had dinner at Spice Island and we had a tour of the hotel which is now so much nicer with it’s warm colours. Dinner was amazing and our various fussy diets, vegetarian, pescetarian and vegan were no trouble at all

Grenada has some of the best food in the Caribbean. Grenada is famous for its spice, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon, so food is rich with flavours and of course, is spicy. There is a reasonable choice for vegetarians. Even the top restaurants at Spice Island, Calabash, Blue Horizons and True Blue Bay are extremely good value and at much lower prices than in the UK. You can also eat pizzas and fast food very cheaply at The Boulangerie in Grand Anse. Patrick’s near St George is still there too for a never ending feast of Grenadian home cuisine

It had been five years since I last visited Grenada and a lot has changed since the 2004 hurricane. Most of the hotels have been fully refurbished and now the island is even better than before. Despite the hurricane in 2004, Grenada is not normally prone to hurricanes but I prefer the off season months of April to June when it is less crowded and less humid

Grenada is suitable for couples, families, celebrations, nature lovers, hikers, divers, foodies and anyone looking for a relaxing holiday, not so good for those wanting lively nightlife as Grenada’s nightlife is low key nor is it particularly good for shopping.

To find out more about my favourite Caribbean island or to book please contact me on  Travel Counsellors or visit Grenada tourism


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