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The Most Beautiful Beaches to See in Grenada

Friendship Bay is a popular stretch of beach in Grenada
Friendship Bay is a popular stretch of beach in Grenada | © Jon Arnold Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
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22 October 2021
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Whether it’s the laid-back vibe of Hillsborough, the almost-deserted stretches of Carriacou, or the sheltered bays of Saint Davids, there’s a beach for everyone in Grenada. If you’re heading to the tropical isle, these are the sun-soaked stretches of sand to visit.

The almond-shaped island of Grenada boasts 45 beaches scattered throughout the mainland and the remainder surrounding a smattering of smaller islands in the Caribbean Sea. Expect pristine curves of sand edged by warm waters and shaded by coconut palms. One of the best ways to explore the beaches of Grenada – aka the Spice Isle – is on a sailing or yacht tour. Here Culture Trip has selected the best beaches to add to your route.

Book a chartered yacht with SamBoat to visit these beaches once the crowds depart.

Hillsborough

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With a population of around 1,000 people, this is the largest town on the west coast of Carriacou island and it’s handy to know all buses and taxis terminate here. Hillsborough Bay offers turquoise waters, white silky sand and laid-back bare-footed vibes. Why not elevate your experience with lunch at Paradise Beach Club, with its sea views and kaleidoscopic menu which includes everything from fresh fruit salads to salsa-stuffed avocados and freshly caught seafood.

Carriacou

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Boats on the beach of Carriacou, Grenadine Islands, Caribbean
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You know you’re on the right track with an island that boasts idyllic coastal spots called Sandy Island and Paradise Beach. Carriacou island has an array of paradise-worthy beaches to kick back and relax on. The residents here live by boatbuilding, fishing and seafaring and so what better way to explore than by yacht. Many start from the stunning Tyrell Bay or Hillsborough jetty and take in coral reefs, tiny off-shore islets and sweeping deserted beaches.

La Sagesse Beach, St David

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WEST INDIES Caribbean Grenadines Grenada St David Coconut palm tree lined beach of La Sagesse with people playing on the sand
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This secluded, sandy beach is lapped by warm waters and flanked by tall tropical vegetation lively with crickets, tree frogs and exotic birds. The tight curve of the bay keeps the beach sheltered and makes it the perfect place to swim. Thanks to the staff at La Sagesse, a quaint boutique hotel nearby, the sand is well-groomed and litter-free. Enjoy lunch at the hotel’s chic beach restaurant and bar, where locally caught fish flavoured with hand-picked spices is a menu regular.

Grand Mal

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Fishing boats and a man swimming at Grand Mal Bay, Grenada, Caribbean
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If you’re seeking relaxation and want to spend every day on the beach, visit Grenada during the dry season, which is roughly December through April. Grand Mal Bay is at its most calm and peaceful during this time. Located in St. George Parish, the bay offers up unspoiled sand, gentle surf and coral reefs, popular with local divers on the lookout for rare pillar corals, tropical fish and the elusive Southern Stingray. Hop on a boat and enjoy the aerial view.

Cabier Beach, Caricou

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The ultimate spot to experience all the natural beauty the Caribbean has to offer. Inhale a lung full of sea air fragrant with tropical flowers and nearby spice trees from nutmeg to ginger. Cabier is a solid hour’s drive from Maurice Bishop airport and marks the real backwoods of Grenada. The beach, at the end of a long dirt track, is gloriously remote and usually empty. But there’s enough activity to grab a rum punch and hop into a hammock.
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Sauteurs

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Sauteurs Bay with leaning palms on the beach, Grenada, Caribbean
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A fishing town in the St Patrick Parish, Sauteurs is located in the far north of Grenada in a quiet bay set between two rugged capes. The white unspoiled beach runs almost the entire length of the road from Sauteurs to Petite Anse Beachfront Hotel and is a safe swimming spot. The deserted sand is lined with swaying coconut palms. The town end of the beach is busy with fishermen pulling in their haul for the day.

Morne Rouge

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WEST INDIES Caribbean Grenadines Grenada St George Parish BBC Beach Morne Rouge Bay Tourists from cruise ships beside catamarans
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Known for being a quieter stretch of sand on the island’s southwest coast, this is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy sea swims in calm turquoise waters. The white sand is immaculate and backed by a curtain of dense vegetation. It’s popular with in-the-know snorkelling enthusiasts. The beach was nicknamed BBC after a now-defunct beach club and locals still call it this, perhaps to help keep it a secret. Enjoy a cool drink at La Plywood beach bar.

Gouyave

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fisherman at Gouyave Bay; Grenada
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Located in the largest fishing village of Grenada, Gouyave Beach is a beautiful strand of white sand and turquoise-blue waters. With a stone pier jutting out to sea, fishing boats bobbing around the bay and a nearby fish market, there’s an everyday industrial feel to this spot, which will appeal to visitors who like to get a glimpse of local life in action. The beach is fringed by tall coconut palms and the waves do get quite lively.

Grand Anse Beach, St George

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View south on Grand Anse Beach towards Quarantine Point, St George, Grenada, Caribbean
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Expect a curve of fine powdery sand lapped by crystal clear water – just south of the capital, St George’s. This is Grenada’s longest and most popular beach and where you’ll find many of the island’s luxury hotels and resorts. But it never appears to be too crowded. It’s a popular spot for locals including St George’s University students who hang out here under umbrellas with views of Fort George, the lively waterfront promenade of the Carenage, and plenty of sailing boats.

Friendship Bay

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St Vincent and The Grenadines, Bequia, Friendship Bay with palms and a mountain in background
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If you think this sounds wonderfully laid back and welcoming, Friendship Bay delivers on both. It’s a real slice of paradise on the south coast of Bequia Island. Bob Dylan had a boat built here, the same size as the Friendship Rose that now takes day-trippers to nearby Mustique. The most celebrated visitor is Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the pirate, who used it as a base. It’s a ten-minute drive from Port Elizabeth, the island’s main village.

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