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Amazing Day Trips to Take From Grenada by Boat

Grand Anse is the most popular beach in Grenada, but there's much more going on elsewhere
Grand Anse is the most popular beach in Grenada, but there's much more going on elsewhere | © Jon Arnold Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
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24 November 2021
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Large enough for an exciting variety of restaurants, but not overwhelmed by high-rise hotels or cookie-cutter tourism, Grenada is a true Caribbean gem. Its location just south of the hurricane belt makes it a prime yachting destination. Hire a boat and explore secluded islands, vibrant coral reefs and quiet beaches on these day trips from the capital, St George’s.

Discover the best of the Grenada coastline by hiring a boat with SamBoat – no experience necessary.

Molinière-Beauséjour Marine Protected Area

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A snorkeler looks at an underwater sculpture gallery off Molinière Point in Grenada
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Molinière Bay is part of a protected marine reserve and is home to the first underwater sculpture park in the world. Bright orange sponges and thickly textured corals grow from the crooks and crevices of life-sized sculptures of human forms, creating an eerily beautiful ambiance. For the best reef and fish life, moor in one of the northern bays – Dragon Bay or Flamingo Bay – where you’re likely to spot flamingo tongues on the sea fans that gently sway in the surge.

Black Bay

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The tide on Bathway Beach in Levera National Park, Grenada (not Black Bay)
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The volcanic origins of Grenada are no more apparent than here, where the ebony sand beach of Black Bay lines the coast. This secluded bay has excellent snorkeling; watch butterflyfish, angelfish and wrasse dart between hard and soft corals. There is exploration to do ashore, too – follow the wide trail up the hill at the south of the beach. The canopy soon opens to reveal a grassy field before a deep cave, housing hundreds of bats.

St George’s

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Boats on the harbor at St George's in Grenada
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Don’t miss the opportunity to explore downtown St George’s. The Carenage waterfront road skirts the bay, and red fish-scale roofs embellish the hillside of the country’s capital. Walk through the tunnel (an experience in itself) and take the steep stairs up to Fort George for a spectacular view of the bay. In the heat of the day, retreat to the House of Chocolate on Young Street for an iced coffee, which pairs perfectly with their chocolate bon-bons, made from local cocoa.

Morne Rouge

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Small boats on the water ahead of a palm tree on Morne Rouge beach in Grenada
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This shallow, turquoise bay is a great place to spend the day. Explore the wide, white sand beach, snorkel with turtles as they munch on seagrass, and sunbathe surrounded by the clear, Caribbean sea. When lunch rolls around, head ashore to the Kalinago Hotel beach bar for one of the best rotis on the island. Fancy some exercise? Take the 15-minute walk up the hill to Quarantine Point for a fantastic view of the island’s southwest coast.

Grand Anse

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Two beach chairs on Grand Anse in Grenada
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With 2mi (3.2km) of sheltered white sand, Grand Anse is the longest and most popular beach in Grenada. Dinghy ashore for a frozen mojito from Esther’s at the spice market, or check out Umbrella’s Beach Bar and Restaurant for lunch – try the pulled-pork loaded fries. Spend the afternoon on the water with Eco Dive, who take scuba divers, both aspiring and certified, to some of the best dive sites on the island.

Glover Island

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Just off the south coast of Grenada is Glover Island. This low-lying, uninhabited island is a former whaling station, remnants of which can still be seen on the rocky shore. The real draw, though, is under the water: spotted eagle rays and southern stingrays circle the bottom most afternoons, making it a rewarding place to spend the day snorkeling and relaxing in the sun.

Le Phare Bleu

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A lounge area at Le Phare Bleu in Grenada, with a TV and various seating options, opening onto a wooden porch
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Though this boutique hotel and marina is off the beaten path, it has a lot to offer. Spend the morning exploring the coastline with Conservation Kayak, a tour company that teaches about mangrove conservation and ecology; it’s based on a 120-year old Swedish lightship, moored in the marina. Afterwards, lounge on the nearby beach, have lunch at the marina restaurant, or enjoy a happy hour rum punch by the pool.

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Hog Island

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Hog Island is the place to be on Sunday afternoons. This otherwise uninhabited island is home to Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar, which serves large portions of barbecue lunch to locals and sailors alike. Join the party or spend time discovering the island. Footpaths wind their way through the mangroves and over the rolling hills to secluded beaches and windswept peninsulas.

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