If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-trail island with old-world Caribbean feel, then Grenada is a great option. Located at the end of the Windward islands in the southern Caribbean, Grenada woos couples with mangrove-lined beaches, deep tropical forests and scents of cinnamon and nutmeg. After all, this is the isle of spice – and chocolate.
The top 5 romantic activities in Grenada:
1Hike through rainforests and and waterfalls
Part of Grenada’s appeal is that is has rainforests just as beautiful as its beaches. Active couples can hike through nutmeg and banana trees to the popular Seven Sisters Falls, a stunning collection of seven waterfalls in the Grand Etang forest reserve. Take a swim in the sparkling mountain water or relax on nearby rocks.
2Go island hopping
Couples can take a high-speed ferry to the smaller Grenada islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, but even more tenacious travelers can visit the tiny spit of sand appropriately named Sandy Island, just off the west coast of Carriacou. The uninhabited cay is the epitome of a tropical, deserted island, surrounded by clear water and coral reefs that make it a favorite for snorkelers and beach bums alike.
3Spice things up with a plantation tour
Nutmeg Tree by Lee Coursey
Grenada produces some of the best spices in the world. Get lost for the day exploring the island’s spice plantations and enjoy the scents of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.
4Sunbathe at La Sagesse Beach
Grenada has great beaches, including the popular Grand Anse, but if you’re looking for privacy then head to La Sagesse in St. David’s. Mangroves and nature trails surround the crescent-shaped La Sagesse, making it the perfect hideaway for couples. The beach has a salt pond, which attracts a variety of birds as well.
5Indulge in chocolate
Organic chocolate, a major agricultural crop in Grenada, is produced at brightly colored factories nestled in the island’s cocoa groves. Visit the Belmont Estate to sample local chocolate, or participate in the newly established “heritage night,” a weekly event that offers rum and chocolate pairings along with local cuisine and a live cultural show.