There’s an unmistakable charm to Caribbean beaches that is enough to want to plan a vacation around them, just for the peace, fun, and relaxation it is sure to bring. Grenada is one of those islands in the Caribbean where you can find some of these stunning beaches. This includes over 45 beaches, most with crystal clear waters and glittering white sand, and a few hidden gems with unique, volcanic black sand.
Before we get into the beaches, let’s talk a little about Grenada. This island nation is located in the southeast Caribbean Sea. Measuring around 135 square miles, this is one of the smaller islands of this region. Grenada is known by many as the ‘Spice Isle’ because of how many amazing and authentic spices are grown here including nutmeg, cocoa, and cinnamon.
It might be possible to take a whiff of those spices as you make your way to the various beaches around Grenada. The great news for beach explorers on this island is that all beaches are public. At most of Grenada’s beaches, you’ll be able to find lots of room to relax, try water sports, or go diving. Whatever it is that you’re looking for out of your beach day, you’re very likely to find it in Grenada. We’ve listed the best beaches as a starting point!
Good to know: The territory of Grenada is made up of three islands that also include Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Grenada is the largest island of this grouping and is the most populated as well.
Grenada may not be the largest Caribbean island but its beaches certainly have a lot to offer. The magic of this island’s beaches can be seen in their variety, which includes everything from calm and secluded stretches of sand framed by coconut trees to more entertainment-centric beach locations. Below you’ll find a list of nine of our favorite beaches to visit in Grenada!
It’ll be hard to stop yourself from making a beeline to the beautiful Grande Anse Beach just as soon as you arrive in Grenada. Fortunately, this beach is just a few minutes from Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND)! This crescent moon-shaped, picturesque beach on the southwest coast of Grenada overlooks Grand Anse Bay and is quite scenic.
Grand Anse Beach is loved for its calm waters, which are deep enough to swim around or even go diving. Water sports like kayaking are also available on this beach. As this stretch of sand is quite extensive (around two miles long), you’ll find plenty of space to unwind. As you relax on the golden sands beneath the swaying palm trees, you’ll really feel like you won the tropical beach lottery at Grand Anse.
Visiting Grand Anse Beach is free and so is parking. In terms of amenities, bathrooms, and changing rooms are available near the entrance of this beach. There’s also free Wi-Fi. At Grand Anse Beach, the only things you might have to pay for are lounge chairs and umbrellas (about $15 USD each) and something to eat. There are many beach bars and restaurants in this area. If you’d prefer to bring your own food and drinks for your beach day here, that’s perfectly alright too. Grand Anse Beach is rarely, if ever, overcrowded so it won't be hard to find a peaceful space to rest. While on Grand Anse Beach, you might also want to stroll along the nearby Carenage Harbor Promenade to admire the yachts.
Locals in Grenada commonly refer to Morne Rouge as BBC Beach. BBC Beach is a wonderful place to go if you’re looking for somewhere to relax and take in the island’s lovely scenery. Approximately a quarter mile in length, this beach can be found to the south of Grand Anse Beach. BBC Beach is one of the smaller beaches in Grenada, yet it can still be worthwhile to go here if you’re looking for some peace and quiet by the seaside.
From Grand Anse Beach, you can stroll to BBC Beach via the main road. Magazine Beach is also not too far from BBC Beach. Though there are more popular options than BBC Beach in Grenada, there are considerable perks to visiting this beach including nearby food and drinks. Near BBC Beach, there are three tiny bar-style restaurants where you can enjoy tasty treats and delightful, fruity cocktails. Fish tacos are also a popular option in this area.
BBC Beach is ideal if you want a beach where you can get an authentic local experience in Grenada. The water is calm and shallow here, and there’s even a cove that protects the bay. All of this bodes well for a great day of swimming, even for those with a little less experience.
Levera Beach in Grenada is part of the 450-acre Levera National Park. This beach is located in the northern part of Grenada. Due to its ambiance and scenic nature, this beach is ideal for nature and animal lovers. One of the most interesting feats that nature enthusiasts are sure to love about this spot is that it is home to one of the largest populations of nesting leatherback sea turtles in the Caribbean. From the start of April until the end of June, you might be able to catch a glimpse of leatherback turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
Levera Beach isn’t a great choice for swimming though. The strong currents and rugged cliffs onshore can make this activity intimidating. There are also no lifeguards in this area. Despite these drawbacks, there are still lots of reasons to visit this beach. At Levera Beach, you can explore mangroves or visit the Levera Pond for some bird watching. While in this area, it is also possible to take in views of the conical, jungle-covered Sugar Loaf Island.
Soft sand, a cool breeze, and a refreshing sea bath — that’s some of what you can expect to enjoy at Magazine Beach in St. George’s, Grenada. With captivating scenery, this beach is the ideal spot to soak up some sun and enjoy a swim during a Grenada vacation. There is a lot to love about Magazine Beach including the opportunity to go snorkeling and try water sports. Though the water sports options here are limited due to sometimes rough seas, you can certainly sign up for a kayaking adventure. Kayak rentals are available in this area, as are snorkeling rentals.
Magazine Beach is located near the airport in Grenada. Other than its obvious beauty, some of the other things locals and visitors love about this beach include the fact that it is a great spot to socialize. Particularly on Sundays, you can enjoy a fun island ‘lime’ complete with barbecue treats on sale including fish, lobster, and other meats. If you go on any other day, you’ll need to bring along your lunch and drinks for this beach adventure.
If you head down the southern end of Magazine Beach, you’ll find the Aquarium Restaurant which offers tasty island cuisine and live music on some days. Overall, if hiking, exploring, and trying outdoor activities are your idea of a day well spent, you’ll be glad that you chose to visit this beach.
Good to know: Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent at Magazine Beach.
Bathway Beach in Grenada is well-known for its natural beauty. This beach is located within the Levera National Park in St. Patrick Parish on Grenada’s northern tip. Bathway Beach is more private and less busy than some of Grenada’s more popular or centrally located beaches. If what you want is a tranquil seaside spot with a relaxed ambiance and great scenery, Bathway Beach is an excellent choice.
Bathway Beach offers a variety of activities, including snorkeling, in addition to a beautiful space to relax. The water here is clear and conducive for spotting exotic sea life. During the day, you can expect to see lifeguards here, which is useful due to the Atlantic surf. Having said that, this beach is sufficiently sheltered to make swimming safe most of the time.
Aside from snorkeling, other fun things to do in this area include hopping on a catamaran or going boating off the coast of Bathway Beach. Keep in mind that this beach tends to be more crowded around Grenada’s national holidays. On some days, particularly on holidays, you’ll find more options to buy food and drinks. Generally, though, you might want to pack your own.
Expert tip: While at Bathway Beach, make some time to visit the town of Sauteurs, which is the fourth-largest city in Grenada. Having homemade ice cream or visiting seafood restaurants is a must in Sauteaurs.
Sandy Island Beach is hands down one of the most picturesque beaches in Grenada. It is unique in that it is located right in the middle of the ocean, and on the best days, you and your party might find that you're the only ones there! Sandy Island Beach is surrounded by lush greenery and coral reefs and it is quite serene. Those looking for a memorable beach experience in Grenada will be lucky to stumble upon this seaside gem.
Small and uninhabited, this sandbar beach is located near the island of Carriacou within a protected area. There is no infrastructure on Sandy Island Beach and to get there you’ll need to take a water taxi. You can find one near Paradise Beach and at some other locations in Grenada. It will cost around $15 USD per person to take a ferry to Sandy Island Beach. For a beach day at Sandy Island, you’ll need to bring adequate supplies.
In terms of what to do at Sandy Island Beach, you can relax, snorkel, sunbathe, swim, or enjoy some fun-filled activities in the ocean. Start your beach day here with an underwater exploration to see the diverse marine life, and end it relaxing while watching a breathtaking sunset.
Expert tip: When 'liming' and enjoying the beaches and waterfalls in Grenada you can bring some of the best Grenada food and drinks along with you. This is important especially if you’ll be going to more remote locations.
Paradise Beach is one of the most popular attractions on the island of Carriacou. Visitors to this beach can expect to find a mostly uninhabited space with miles of silky white sand, calm and shallow waters, and vibrant surrounding greenery. This beach is surrounded by thriving coral reefs as well which is great news for divers.
You’ll need to take a boat to get to Paradise Beach in Carricou. It won’t be hard to arrange this as boat operators usually offer access to Paradise Beach from several mainland beaches. Some boat tours may also be able to introduce you to the best snorkeling around Carriacou, including at Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach is quite popular and it is ideal if you’re looking for a unique, beautiful, and relaxing beach spot.
Good to know: A beach bar and a dive shop are available near this beach. There are picnic tables available as well if you want to enjoy a simple, seaside meal.
The hustle and bustle of life will be the last thing on your mind as you relax on the scenic La Sagesse Beach in Grenada. This secluded beach is located in southeast Grenada in St. David’s Parish. This beach won’t be hard to find and it is just a five-minute walk from the main road. La Sagesse is a popular option as it has both white and black sand and lots of room to explore.
La Sagesse Beach is great for sunbathing, swimming, and even hiking. For the latter, you can start your adventure by visiting the La Sagesse Nature Center. Here you'll be able to find out about the trails in this area and tropical gardens that you can explore as well. Enjoy bird watching and spot a variety of exotic creatures as you get more familiar with this space.
Back on the oceanfront, you might want to get into some snorkeling or scuba diving on this beach. Or, you can just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. There’s a hotel and restaurant in this area where you can grab lunch. You can get your fill on things like locally caught fish and conch infused with Creole spices. Juices and cocktails are available too.
Stunning and secluded, Duquesne Bay is located on the northwestern tip of Grenada in St. Patrick Parish. This beach is a bit on the rugged side and mostly undeveloped. Off the beaten path, you can have a beach day that’s private and away from the usual beach crowd. Secure a shady spot and admire the coconut palms that line the beach as you relax and watch the colorful fishing boats just off the coast.
Duquesne Bay is home to a historic collection of Amerindian petroglyphs carved onto the cliffs. Much of this still remains visible after many, many years. The sands of this beach are of a darker hue than most and the waters are clear, inviting, and perfect for swimming or snorkeling.
Good to know: Even if you’ve been to some of the best beaches in Grenada you’ll likely still find more to love about them the next time you visit. Aside from the beaches, here are some more amazing things Grenada is known for.
Anse De La Roche may well be worth visiting more than once while in Grenada. This is a beautiful, scenic, and secluded white sand beach that is located on the island of Carricou. To be specific, Anse De La Riche Beach is located near the northern end of Carriacou at the foot of the High North Range.
There are two ways that you’ll be able to get to this beach if you decide to visit Carriacou. You can either venture on a half-mile hike, or you can go there on a boat. As these options can be intimidating for some people, particularly having to walk, this beach has remained largely unspoiled. If you make the time to go here you can enjoy a pristine beach with crystal-clear waters and lots of vibrant surrounding greenery. The panoramic views here are amazing, and on some days you’ll be able to see as far as Union Island, one of the islands that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Petit Martinique is one of the islands that you’ll be able to visit during your Grenada vacation. This island is fairly close to Grenada and you can get there by boat. Measuring just one mile across, this is the smallest of the three sister islands of this territory so you’ll be able to visit all of its beaches in a single trip.
The island of Petit Martinique is sparsely developed, and this gives a hint of what you can expect from Petit Martinique Beach. Secluded with glimmering white sand, Petit Martinique Beach is ideal for a quiet beach day. To get to this beach you can either take a boat charter or catch a ferry. There are regularly scheduled ferries that run from both Grenada and Carriacou to Petit Martinique. Definitely go snorkeling if you visit Petit Martinique as the reefs around this island are healthy and teeming with fish.
Good to know: If you go to Petit Martinique, you will most likely be dropped off at the west coast’s central hub, Mang Beach. Another popular beach option on this island is Sanchez Beach.
Black Bay Beach is located on the west coast of Grenada in St. John Parish. This is one of the famous black sand beaches of this island and it’ll take some walking to get there. If you want to enjoy this unique natural attraction in Grenada, keep in mind it takes about 20 minutes of hiking from the Concord main road to get to Black Bay.
The walk here can certainly be worth it as the sights along the way are quite captivating. As you stroll along, the beach will come into view once you’re past the banana plants and other greenery in this area. Black Bay is a volcanic beach, and the sand gets its color from past volcanic eruptions of Mount Saint Catherine. This is a fairly remote beach so you’ll need to bring everything you need for your beach day including water, snacks, towels, and beach shoes (the sand can get really hot!).
Near Black Bay Beach, you can find the Concord Waterfall which is also in St. John Parish. For an even more exciting adventure, you can hike a bit further to the Black Bay Cave to view centuries-old Amerindian petroglyphs, as well as a colony of bats. Agility can come in handy here as some scrambling might be necessary along the indistinct path.
The best time to visit Grenada is during peak season, which runs from mid-December to mid-April. During this time of year, there tends to be more activity happening on the island, and less rain. Having said that, knowing what you want out of your trip is essential in determining the best time to go. Some of the island's most interesting events, such as Spicemas (carnival) and Independence Day, take place in August and February, respectively. Carnival time is a good time to travel if you want a truly exciting and social vacation. No matter what time of year you visit, as long as you choose the right resort and make time to do the best activities, you can be sure that your time in Grenada will be memorable.
There are a lot of things Grenada is known for, but its beautiful beaches are hard to top. If you're looking for an all-inclusive resort in Grenada near a beautiful beach, you don’t have to look much further than Sandals’ all-inclusive resorts. Sandals Grenada is located on the popular Pink Gin Beach. Guests of the resort have easy access to this beach and can enjoy endless days relaxing on the sand or dipping into the turquoise waters. Added to that, Sandals has a host of quality inclusions that couples love!
Expert tip: You don't have to go to the most popular Grenadian beach to have an amazing experience. You’ll have many lesser-known beaches to choose from and lots of other amazing things to do in Grenada as well!