Colourful culture, enticing cuisine and crystal waters: Why a holiday to the Caribbean gem of Grenada, and its sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique has something for everyone…
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The sun is shining, the rich scent of spice fills the air and wherever you look, tropical fruit hangs from trees, brightly coloured flowers bloom and lush rainforest stretches for miles.
It can only be Grenada.
Yet despite this allure, this Caribbean jewel remains unspoiled and uncrowded while offering so much for visitors to see and do. And the nightlife’s lively too!
Grenada, and its sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique remain pristine and un-spoilt
What’s more, British Airways flies to this enchanting island up to 3 times a week from Gatwick making getting there so easy.
Tempted? Let us tell you more…
Grand Anse beach is three miles of pristine sands, with the water playing host to all kinds of sports
You know the beaches you see on postcards with powdery white sand fringed by palm trees and lapped by blue, crystalline waters? That’s Grenada. And there are 40 to choose from.
Grand Anse is probably the most famous – three full miles of beauty that offer kayaking, snorkelling and even diving.
Morne Rouge beach is so gorgeous it was once a closely-guarded secret known only to locals while Magazine Beach on the southern coast boasts golden sands and idyllic views too.
Annandale waterfall is 30 feet of cascading water in the midst of lush vegetation
There are beautiful waterfalls all over Grenada that are well worth visiting. Mount Carmel and Annandale are two of the easiest to get to while the Seven Sisters (seven cascading waterfalls) are worth the hour or so it takes to hike to them.
Make sure you take your swimsuit to cool off with a dip in their natural pools.
If you truly want to experience a culture, you must engage with the people. In Grenada, sit by a rum shop and listen to the elders, go fishing on a ‘cigarette boat’, cook a ‘pot ah’ oil’ down by the river side and experience the everyday life of our people. Experience Pure Grenada.
The island was formed by volcanic activity and reminds me that even through the violent, rageful and destructive effects of volcanic eruptions, something magical lies on the horizon.
Here it’s like every day I’m engulfed in a well-curated adventure: beautiful white sand beaches under the golden sun, only 30 minutes away from lush mountainous rainforest, all packed in one fun-filled environment.
The nationally-renowned sites like the lakes and the forts are nothing short of phenomenal, and the best spot for a photo is absolutely anywhere on the island! Although for the best sunset, head to the west – Mt. Moritz to be specific.
Eat at places like The Fish Pot at Vendors Market or The Jupa in Carriacou – the quality of food on the island is grade A from the smallest shop by the side of the road, to the five-star restaurant. And drink Rivers Rum – it’s why the Grenadian people are so strong!
So drop what you are doing, book a flight with British Airways, and come witness Grenada!
Akeem Abraham, Grenadian musician
Just 90 minutes away by boat (or 20 minutes by plane) is Carriacou, or the ‘Isle of Reefs’.
It boasts a dynamic culture, steeped in traditions such as boat building, string band music and the unique village maroon, where the community comes together to share traditional food and honour their ancestors.
Go there for incredible diving, beautiful beaches and to join in their many celebrations. Just before Lent, there’s Kayak Mas featuring Jab Jab – a traditional masquerade – and Shakespeare Mas where men battle to see who can recite the most Shakespeare… Watch the Big Drum Nation Dance, take part in the All Saint’s Candle Lighting ‘Pass Play’ or join the Carriacou Regatta, the longest running regatta in the Caribbean.
PERFECTLY PETITE MARTINIQUE
If you think Carriacou is off the beaten track, wait till you discover the third of the trio of islands – Petite Martinique. Only accessible by boat, it’s home to just 900 people and also a haven for diving, fine beaches and tradition.
Hike up The Piton, swim at Mang Beach or sail, surf and snorkel at Sanchez Beach. And don’t miss the opportunity to witness a traditional wedding, boat launch or the Whitsuntide Regatta Festival.
A HOME FROM HOME
British Airways Holidays has a range of carefully selected hotels to choose from. Right on Grand Anse Beach is the intimate and friendly Coyaba Beach Resort, which boasts a pool, spa, tennis courts, water sports and evening entertainment.
Nearby is the boutique True Blue Bay, a sustainable and eco-friendly resort with villas and suites with beautiful views. Don’t forget to visit the spa and yoga studio as well as the Rum Shop Bar and House of Chocolate Bakery for a very special treat!
Like its sister islands, Grenada loves a party. The biggest is August’s Spicemas when soca and calypso music can be heard all over the island.
In May, comes the Chocolate Festival where you can learn about the humble cocoa bean’s journey from tree to bar and even make your own.
Also in May is the Dive and Conservation Festival which highlights the island’s conservation efforts, including coral reef and mangrove restoration, and where visitors can participate in beach clean ups, bird and turtle watching.
THE CULINARY CAPITAL
Recently named the first ever Culinary Capital by the World Food Travel Association, Grenada is a country for serious foodies.
Go on a culinary safari by taking one of the many food and drink tours available and make sure you try the national dish, Oil Down, a delicious combination of chicken and pig tails with vegetables and dumplings in seasoned coconut milk.
Visit a spice plantation, tour a chocolate factory or be guided around the River Antoine Rum Distillery – the oldest water-powered distillery in the Caribbean.
Located off the coast of Moliniere Point is the intriguing collection of underwater sculptures
Where do we start? Hike through the verdant rainforest discovering sulphur springs, blow holes and intriguing rock formations. Jump on an ATV or dune buggy for an off-road adventure or take to the water for some snorkelling, kayaking or paddling.
Scuba enthusiasts will be in heaven thanks to Grenada’s unique array of reefs, walls and shipwrecks (including the largest in the Caribbean – the Bianca C which sank in 1961). It’s also home to the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park.
Then there’s sailing. Grenada was recently named the Caribbean’s Yachting Destination of the Year for 2023 thanks to its eight world-class marinas and the internationally respected Grenada Sailing Week. So charter a boat to see the island at its best.
*For more information and to book your Grenada holiday visit ba.com/grenada
British Airways – your route to Grenada…
British Airways flies to 14 different Caribbean islands including Grenada – more than any other UK airline.
Their in-house tour operator, British Airways Holidays offers the full package from flights and hotels to car hire and airport transfers.
All British Airways Holidays are ATOL protected, include 23kg checked baggage allowance per person as standard and offer a 24-hour holiday helpline to ensure peace of mind throughout your holiday.
And it’s so easy to book an amazing trip with British Airways Holidays as you can secure your holiday with a low deposit from just £75pp, with flexible payment options before you fly*.
*T&Cs apply. Deposit balance due 7 weeks in advance for long haul. See ba.com/deposits for more information.
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