For us, the island of Grenada isn’t just a pretty face. Yes, its beaches are stunning and its coral is pristine, but there’s a lot more to see if you really want to get under the skin of Grenada’s rich and diverse culture. From the varied wildlife to the spices this island is famous for, these five unforgettable experiences will have you bragging to anyone who’ll listen.
Dolphin & Whale Spotting in Grenada
We always love the chance to meet some of the island’s most enigmatic residents in their natural habitat. Here you can spot humpbacks, killer whales, pygmy and sperm whales among the 15 species that swim through Grenadian waters, as well as spinner, spotted, common and bottlenose dolphins. St. George's, Grenada, +1 473 440 3678, www.catamaranchartering.com. Daily, 9am-4pm.
Learn to Cook in Grenada
If you’re a food lover like us, one of the best things to do in Grenada is go on a tour of the fertile soils and lush organic gardens at Maca Bana Villas. We loved meeting local farmers, tasting organically farmed crops, and personally harvesting ingredients. This is an area where rainforest ingredients range from tropical fruits to fresh mountain water that gushes from natural springs. You are guided through the origins of Grenadian food and its European and African influences, before learning to cook a West Indian dish. Maca Bana Villas, +1 473 439 5355, www.macabana.com. Classes by arrangement.
Watch Leatherback Turtles Nesting
We’ve seen fewer more magical things than watching nesting leatherback turtles in their natural environment. We suggest arriving at the Levera National Park at about 10pm to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures haul themselves up the sands to lay their eggs. Levera National Park, (+1 473 442 1018, May-Sept)
Underwater Sculpture Park
Located in Molinere Bay’s Marine Protected Area, we love this quirky cluster of coral-clad sculptures, which is gradually evolving into a habitat for a diverse array of marine life. It’s a wonderfully unpretentious example of living art for snorkelers and divers alike.
Visit St George's Spice Market
No visit to the “Island of Spice” would be complete for us without a visit to the aromatic trading hub at the heart of the capital. Stroll the colour-rich stalls laden with fragrant spices, which are grown all over the island by farmers and co-operatives. You’ll also find all sorts of spice bouquets, jams and jellies, rum and nutmeg syrup together with tables piled high with freshly picked citrus fruits and plump, fresh vegetables.
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About the author: KatieKatie Manning
Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning