If you were to ever watch any of the Pure Grenada promotions and hear their sugary sweet melodies, paired with the deliberate selection of video slides depicting Grenada at its most alluring, you’d waste no time booking a vacation to the tri-island state, which includes the nearby Petite Martinique and Carriacou.
Even without experiencing these promotions portraying the geo-tourism destination at its best, you’d have likely heard enough about the Spice Isle to warrant further investigation into whether or not it is the ideal place to bring your Caribbean vacation fantasy to life. If so, your next obvious question is likely: when would be the best time to go?
Grenada is one of the smaller islands of the Caribbean, with an area of only 133 square miles. Despite its small size, you won’t find a short supply of things to do and explore on the island, regardless of the time of year.
The best time to visit Grenada is during peak season, between February and April, because these are the months with the least rainfall, which means your chances of a picture-perfect vacation are that much higher. For better availability, travel in the shoulder season in the months of December, January or May. During these months you can expect a slight increase of brief, tropical showers. Often those showers give way to sunshine for the rest of the day. Daytime temperatures are between 86 and 88 °F year-round.
Many visitors from the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe travel to Grenada to get away from colder winter temperatures. Most visitors from these areas travel between mid-December and mid-April, so you can expect a high level of activity on island once you arrive. The surge in tourist arrivals at the end of the year is a welcomed feat for the island’s tourism authority, as tourism is a huge income generator for Grenada. From June to November it’s officially hurricane season in Grenada. Although the risk of hurricanes is very small, these months see decline in tourist arrivals due to the increase in rainfall and potentially stormy weather. Exceptions are the months of July and August, when tourists flock to the island to join Grenada’s carnival celebrations.
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Like most Caribbean islands, you can expect a relatively humid atmosphere in Grenada. Temperatures are on average, about 86 °F during the early months of January and February, which are also reported to be the coolest compared to other months. During July and August, the temperature rises to about 88 °F. At this time, the hurricane season has begun and rainfall increases and records at about 10 inches a month.
This doesn’t mean that the entire months of the hurricane season will be soggy however, in fact far from it. Grenada is one of those lucky Caribbean islands usually spared of major hurricanes. The last major hurricane, Hurricane Ivan occurred in 2004 and Hurricane Emily, a year after in 2005. So while the vulnerability does exist and you should use the information to help plan the best time to go, Grenada’s location on the hurricane belt seems to help it avoid most major hurricanes.
Unlike other parts of the world which use four seasons to predict what the weather will be like at any given time, the Caribbean uses only two: wet and dry. The wet season in Grenada is generally in line with the Atlantic hurricane season, from June to November every year. The only difference is that December is often incorporated in the wet season. The dry season in Grenada can start from December, and usually ends in May.
St. George’s, the capital of Grenada, experiences about 78 inches of rainfall annually, where about a monthly average of 8 and 10 inches falls in the months of June to November, during the wet season. Compare this to the 3 to 4 inches rainfall a month during the months of January and May. The months of February, March and April are the driest, and therefore the best time to enjoy a well-deserved beach vacation.
High season in Grenada begins from mid-December and continues until mid-April the following year. The warm Grenadian sun makes it an ideal escape from colder temperatures at this time, though it isn’t only people trying to escape from winter who make their way to these shores during high season. Adventure seekers also come during this time as it is the most active period for activities and events. This busy and exciting time can come with a higher price tag for your vacation, but small matters overall if everything else checks out.
Temperatures range from mid 80s to 90s in the high season. When travelling during the high season, it is always a good idea to book your hotel or resort in advance, as well as any excursions you’d like to do. Some restaurants have bookings for weeks or even months in advance during the high season, so it’s a good idea to book these also before you go.
Insider tip: With 10 world-class restaurants and six themed bars, Sandals Grenada may be the perfect choice for your Caribbean vacation. This all-inclusive adults-only resort is perfect for high season travel with lots of amenities located on site.
Low season in Grenada runs from June to November. During this time, the island has more of a relaxed atmosphere and visitors can easily settle into island life. The hotels, restaurants and the various shops are all yours to patronize and you won’t have to worry about bumping into everyone. This season is great for a low key vacation, and is the perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate before getting back to reality. Travel during the low season is a great way to enjoy a more economical vacation, as some hotels offer promotions during this time. An exception to this rule is the end of July until August, when visitors come to Grenada to celebrate Grenada’s ultimate carnival celebration: the Spicemas Festival. During low season, expect more rainfall, but note that this usually consists of relatively short showers.
In between the low season and the peak season, you’ll find the shoulder season, which consists of a little bit of both. During the shoulder season you’ll find a mixture of the best of both seasons. The island will be less crowded than it is during high season, and there is less rainfall than it is usually the case in low season. Either way, it’s a win win.
From beach hopping and fishing tournaments, to festivals and patriotic events, you’ll find a full calendar of activities that you can be part of during your vacation in Grenada. Here are a few of the most popular:
Calling all bill fishing lovers, Grenada is a prime spot for bill fishing, so don’t miss out!
This international yacht racing competition takes place every year and attracts yachters as well as people looking to experience something out of the norm.
A carnival celebration on a smaller scale as compared to Spice Mas, but just as fun!
Grenada’s independence is celebrated on February 7th annually with lots of festivals, parades and competitions.
Grenada’s ultimate carnival celebration features soca and dance competitions, renditions of steel pan and a grand Parade of the Bands. The Parade of the Bands is hosted on the second Monday and Tuesday in August.
Expect live performances from internationally renowned artistes at a well-attended festival.
Generally Christmas in the Caribbean is very festive and offers a great experience for visitors. The islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique have their own celebrations, similar to that of the bigger island of Grenada.
‘Drinkers with a running problem’, who meet every Saturday for a cross-country walk. Get in on the fun!
Embrace the chance to lounge at any of Grenada’s beaches, such as Grand Anse, Magazine, Morne Rouge, or Pink Gin Beach during your island vacation.
Picture: The Sandals Grenada beach.
The hurricane season scares a lot of people from travelling, but not all islands in the Caribbean are directly affected by hurricanes, and a direct hit is rare even for the ones that are. Grenada is positioned on the southern end of the hurricane belt, and thus it is usually not affected by such natural disasters. Nonetheless, it’s important to stay informed, and to monitor weather reports if you plan to travel during the hurricane season. Still don’t like the rain and simply want more sunshine, but want to avoid the crowds? Visit during shoulder season. This way rainfall is minimal, rates are cheap, and you’ll have some extra space on the beachfront!
Grenada is a relatively safe country to live in and also to visit. Exercise your usual precautions, liaise with your resort for any areas or activities you are curious or unsure about. Follow your intuition and be sensible and you ought not to experience any trouble.
Picture: Sandals Grenada resort.
Tip: Leave any excessive jewelry behind, especially if you plan on spending a lot of time on the beach or in the pool. If you must carry these items, opt for resorts like Sandals which offer in room safes.
The island of Grenada enjoys a peak season from the months of mid-December to mid-April, with many tourists coming in during the early months. The low season is during June - November, where you can have some more of the island to yourself and also enjoy more competitive rates. Knowing what you want out of your vacation is key to deciding the best time to go. Some of the interesting events on the island like Spicemas (carnival) and Independence Day happen in August and February, respectively. If you’re looking to have a fun time, filled with lots of ‘fetes’, this is the perfect time to go. Otherwise, choose the dates that work best with your schedule, and plan your own activities to ensure your time spent in Grenada will be super memorable.
All in all, Grenada is a beautiful nation with “not a thing out of place”, and you’re unlikely to be disappointed.