I recently was lucky enough to be invited to join a colleague who frequently enjoys crewed yacht vacations. This year he decided to charter a yacht to the Caribbean paradise of Grenada. Grenada claims a total of 45 beaches, a stunning array of tropical bays and coves lapped by calm Caribbean waters to the west and Atlantic surf to the east.
In this small Caribbean paradise, every beach is enchanting, the sand dazzling white or sometimes dark, and even in Grand Anse, no high rise building has been allowed to compete with the scenery. All beaches are public, some offer water sports such as diving and sailing.
Grenada’s finest beaches are along the south west coast, the place to relax on tingling sands before watching the spectacular Caribbean sunset and dining under the stars.
Grand Anse has two miles of sweeping white sands dotted with a mere sprinkling of parasols. The location is superb, looking across blue sheltered waters to St George’s and the lush hills framing the shore. It’s great for sunbathing and swimming or hopping aboard a glass bottom boat to marvel at parrot and zebra fish along the reef.
The beach is rarely crowded and only a few vendors doze in the shade of the sea grape trees. At the far end, ‘Coconut Beach’ serves delicious local food and there’s a small spice and craft market tucked away beyond the shore. Other amenities are out of sight and little disturbs the peace but the odd fisherman landing his catch or the water taxi heading across the bay.
Grenada’s south coast boasts some lovely tropical bays and coves, sweeping down from Grand Anse to Point Salines then heading east around inlets and islands all the way to La Sagesse and beyond.
Best beaches on the west side include the idyllic cove of Morne Rouge with crystal clear waters and gently sloping sands, Magazine Beach with its famous but discreet Aquarium restaurant and Pink Gin Beach, secluded and pristine at the tip of the island. Further along, La Sagesse is the ultimate hide away set among tropical flowers and trees, with a small desert island beach and a nature reserve twittering with birds.
Grenada’s Atlantic Coast and Surf Beaches
Grenada’s Atlantic coast is dramatic with waves to match, especially in the winter months when surfers head for Sauteurs or Telescope Beach. Other beaches may be appropriate depending on prevailing winds but the ocean can be dangerous. It’s always advisable to seek expert advice or surf with a guide.
Likewise, on Bathway Beach in the north east, the sea is often choppy with treacherous currents beyond the reef but there is a sheltered area for swimming. It’s popular with locals who come to have fun at the week end and during public holidays. Bathway is close to the Levera National Park and the turtle beach looking out to Sugar Loaf Island.