Grenada is the southern-most of the Windward Islands and is known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean because of its abundance of spice plantations, with key crops including nutmeg, cocoa, sugar cane, mace, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. At only 135 square miles it is a little smaller than England’s Isle of Wight.
As well as its 45 beaches and a wealth of dive sites, volcanic Grenada is also home to rainforests, gorges, waterfalls, dormant volcanoes, two crater lakes and three national parks. The island also has four chocolate factories and a couple of rum distilleries, one of which still uses the original watermill (one of the last remaining in use in the Caribbean) so there is plenty to do in this small piece of tropical paradise.
Historically, Grenada has been claimed by the Spanish and then colonised by the French and British so there is a lot of colonial history, but the island retains a really relaxed, laid-back Caribbean vibe which is in stark contrast to some of the more cosmopolitan islands. The capital St George’s is a stunning harbour town full of winding streets and colourful wooden and stone homes, churches and fortifications.
The best time to travel to Grenada largely depends on one’s preferences and desired activities. The peak tourist season falls between December and April, coinciding with the dry season. During this time, Grenada experiences a pleasant climate, with average temperatures ranging from 24°C to 30°C The skies are mostly clear, and the humidity is relatively low, making it an ideal time for beach activities, exploring the island’s natural beauty, and indulging in various outdoor adventures.
For those seeking a quieter and more budget-friendly experience, the shoulder seasons of May to June and November offer an excellent alternative. The weather is still enjoyable, but there might be occasional brief showers. During these months, visitors can take advantage of lower accommodation rates and enjoy the island’s attractions with fewer crowds.
The wet season in Grenada typically spans from July to October, and it is characterized by higher humidity and increased rainfall. While tropical storms and hurricanes are possible during this period, Grenada is situated slightly south of the main hurricane belt, which reduces the risk of direct hits. Travelers planning a visit during the wet season should be prepared for occasional rain and monitor weather forecasts.