What are the beaches like in Grenada?

Aquarium Beach Grenada

Grenada, a Caribbean island known for its beautiful beaches and lush tropical interior, is located north of Venezuela and the islands Trinidad and Tobago, and south of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Grenada and the islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique form the state of Grenada, a self-governing nation that is part of the British Commonwealth.

The beaches of Grenada are superb--large stretches of powdery white sand, clear turquoise waters, and opportunities to see underwater fish, nurse-sharks, and stingrays. There are even remote areas of beach that contain nesting areas of endangered leatherback sea turtles.

Tourism generates most of Grenada’s revenue, with visitors from all over the world attracted to the secluded beaches and rare wildlife. Popular activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, hiking, and bird watching; there are many ways to enjoy Grenada’s abundant resources. Hiking the mountainous rainforests to glimpse unusual birds and animals of the Grand Etang Forest Reserve also draws many nature-lovers to the island.

One of the best-known beaches among tourists and locals is the beautiful Grand Anse beach, near the island’s capital, St George’s, in the southwestern part of the island. Considered one of the finest beaches in the world, this two-mile stretch of soft white sand is a vision of paradise. The hills are dotted with picturesque buildings, including restaurants and hotels, and swimming, snorkeling, and diving are popular in its calm water. Grand Anse is an access point for Molinière Reef, which offers divers vivid aquamarine seas, coral reef formations, and fish such as tuna, starfish, wrasse, and barracuda.

Just south of Grand Anse is a quieter, less crowded alternative--Morne Rouge Beach. Ideal for swimming and snorkeling, this brilliant white sand beach has very little development, and is family-friendly with calm, shallow water. The scenery is idyllic: a pale blue-green expanse of sparkling, clear ocean along a crescent shaped bay. Emerald green hills rise above the beach and contribute to the feeling of being surrounded by untouched wilderness.

Black Bay Beach is on the west coast of the island, with fine black volcanic sand, and trails to a cave in the area. This is a relatively calm beach for swimming, and is close to Concord Falls, which has three scenic waterfalls, natural pools, and hiking trails. Black Bay Beach is the most secluded of these three beaches, and is a good destination for the more adventurous of tourists. As with all beaches, it is important to know how rough the waters are, particularly before swimming with small children.

Grenada offers miles of pristine waters, and whether tourists seek a beautiful private beach to sooth away life’s stresses, or crave the excitement of nightlife along the most spectacular of oceanfront settings--Grenada will not disappoint.