Grand Anse Beach
Grand Anse Beach
Grenada’s Grand Anse may be the most authentic Caribbean beach.
The tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is located in the eastern Caribbean just south of Barbados. Lovingly known as the “Spice Isle of the Caribbean”, Grenada is famous for its nutmeg and cocoa plantations, but the lush destination draws visitors for so much more. The island is bursting with flavor, in terms of aesthetic, fare, and attitude. One night here and the stresses of city life melt away.
Grenada’s loveliest and most popular beach is Grand Anse: one of the most majestic beaches in the Caribbean, a gleaming 2-mile semicircle of white sand, lapped by gentle waves and coconut palms that provide shady escapes from the heat of the Caribbean sun. Brilliant rainbows frequently spill into the sea from the high green mountains that frame St. George’s Harbour to the north. Vacationing guests, cruise ship passengers, and other island visitors love this beach, as do local people who come to swim and play on weekends. There’s plenty of room for everyone. Amenities: food and drink; parking (no fee); toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; swimming; walking.
Located on the southwest coast in a slight bay, Grand Anse beach is protected from wind and is therefore very calm for swimming and water activities. Water skiing, parasailing, and kayaking are all popular, but snorkeling and diving in the crystal clear water are where Grenada comes into its own. All the beaches in Grenada are public, so you’ll never have to pay for access to the best spots!
Want to combine a little shopping with your beach time? Browse the stalls at the Grand Anse Craft and Spice Market midway along the beach, and if you can’t bear to peel yourself off your sun lounger, you can always buy a souvenir from the vendors who politely stroll the sands.
Despite its enormous popularity, it never appears to be too crowded. Students from St. George’s University tend to hang out at Umbrellas; always a popular spot for visitors and locals too. It can therefore be quite busy here sometimes. Looking out from Grand Anse across St. George’s Harbour, you can clearly see the capital, Fort George, the Carenage, and sailing boats and motor cruisers at anchor.
Most vacationers who come to Grenada come here to do very little except lie on the beach and sunbathe away their stress, but if you get itchy feet you definitely have options for adventures! The Grand Etang National Park is a beautiful mountain region that is perfect for hiking, or you can take in views of the island from the water on a boat trip or romantic dinner cruise.
Best Caribbean Beach top 10 winners are as follows:
- Eagle Beach – Aruba
- Brownes Beach – Barbados
- Grote Knip – Curacao
- Bambarra Beach – Turks and Caicos
- Grand Anse Beach – Grenada
- Tahiti Beach – Bahamas
- Grace Bay Beach – Turks and Caicos
- Fortune Beach – Freeport, Bahamas
- Gold Rock Beach – Bahamas
- Honeymoon Beach – St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.