While Grenada has much to offer inland, we know that sun, sand and sea feature high on most people’s vacation agenda. On the island’s west coast, facing the azure Caribbean sea, gentle waves lap the shimmering white-sand shoreline. On the east coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean, beaches are more rugged and wind-swept, but full of character, with headlands and bays offering protection from the mighty waves.
Grenada boasts more than 45 beaches, many with sparkling white sand, turquoise waters and fringed by coconut palms - the classic formula for your expectations of an idyllic tropical beach. Equally intriguing are the black-sand, and multi-coloured beaches, thanks to Grenada’s volcanic geology.
Several of the best beaches in Grenada are located in the south west, within easy reach of the major hotels and villas, but it’s worth taking a day trip by road or boat charter to visit some of the more remote stretches of sand around the coastline and out-islands, as well as the beaches on our sister islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique. By law, all beaches in Grenada are public, and yet without the mass-tourism of other destinations, you’ll often find very few people in sight. Here are some of our favourite beaches to explore in Grenada.
Grand Anse Beach
In 2019 Condé Nast Traveller named it the best beach in the world…. need we say more? With powder-white sand and turquoise waters, Grand Anse is a great spot for swimming, snorkeling, and watersports. Many of the island’s top hotels, restaurants and bars are dotted along the sand. To browse through local crafts check out the Grand Anse Spice and Craft Market. Some great spots for lunch or dinner along the beach are Grenadian Grill at Silversands, Coconut Beach Creole Restaurant, 61 Degrees West, Arawakabana at Coyaba Beach Resort, and Oliver’s Restaurant at Spice Island Beach Resort. To arrange scuba diving and other water sports, check out Eco Dive, based at Coyaba Beach Resort.
Morne Rouge Beach
Known locally as BBC Beach, Morne Rouge is minutes from Grand Anse Beach by car, but more tranquil. Fewer crowds and gently lapping waves make it perfect for families. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and the floating obstacle course to keep young ones entertained.
Not far from the airport, this is a stunning stretch of white sand. At the southern end of the beach you’ll find The Aquarium Restaurant, welcoming visitors straight off the beach for lunch or a cocktail and you can also rent kayaks and snorkel gear.
Lance Aux Epines Beach
Nestled in picturesque Prickly Bay with a view of moored yachts, is this beautiful, secluded beach, with a mosaic of black and white sand. Stop in at the Sand Bar & Grill at Lance Aux Epines Cottages for a delicious lunch or refreshment.
On Grenada’s northern coast is this often-deserted, rugged beach. It offers beautiful views of Sugar Loaf and Green Island, and the Grenadines in the distance. Learn more about exploring the Grenadines, in our 'Island Hopping' section. It’s a popular spot for leatherback turtles to nest, and local conservation groups can organise turtle watches.
A national park on Grenada’s north east coast, the picnic benches and shaded trees make it a popular spot for a picnic and swim on a round-the-island tour. A barrier-reef creates a calm pool, protected from the waves and ideal for swimming.
For a deserted island experience, check out Saline Island off the coast of Carriacou. WIC Luxury Charters offer luxury day charters. You’ll probably be the only one there, and the reef offers excellent snorkeling.
Have you made your choice? Check out our blog, Six Tips for Enjoying Your Beach Day in Grenada before you set off for your time in the sun!