It’s a brand new year and we are as excited as you to make the most out of the upcoming 12 months. Last year we uploaded a list of 17 must do things in Grenada and we are excited to find out how much of it you accomplished–leave us a comment below.
Here are the Top 18 Things to do in Grenada in 2018 (in no particular order we might add). If you make it to any of these places or get a chance to experience any of the things we list tag us on instagram @truebluebaygrenada and use the hashtag #PureGrenada18in18.
Take in the mesmerizing view from Welcome Rock in St Patrick
The north of the island offers one of the most captivating vantage point from which to see the some of our smaller surrounding islands. This is just one of those places that keeps on popping up on our instagram feed and. In 2018 make visiting this spot a priority.
Go Glamping on the Caribbean Sea with Savvys
The Savvys sail boat is a traditionally built Kayak Sloop. Kayak means things/people from our sister island Cariaccou- the island with a very close relationship with the ocean and a rich history of building wooden boats by hand. Captain Danny only offers private trips on his boat to ensure that the experience is tailor made to what you love. One of his most popular trips is a weekend sailing in crystal clear aquamarine waters of the Grenadine Islands. Here you have plenty chances to snorkel, swim, chill, embody your inner ocean adventurer and practice your best Captain Jack Sparrow impression. If you are lucky you may even get to swim with turtles.
Learn to make Chocolate
Over the last 20 years Grenada has perfected making its revolutionary and award winning ethical tree to bar dark craft chocolate from its eagerly sought after fine flavoured cocoa beans. In total we have 4 chocolate factories: the small cottage style factory at Crayfish Bay in St. Mark that strictly makes 75% organic chocolate bars, The Grenada Chocolate Company started by the Godfathers of modern organic tree to bar chocolate, Jouvay Chocolate at Diamond Estate and the new kid on the block Belmont Estate Chocolate which is the island’s first maker of milk chocolate. You can visit all of these places in 2018 to see just how we make this our award winning treats. If you are a huuuuuge chocolate lover you cannot miss Grenada Chocolate Fest from May 11th-19th– it celebrates all things Grenadian Chocolate and Cocoa. If you want more details about Grenada Chocolate Fest send an email to [email protected] and request to be added to their mailing list.
Indulge in luxurious chocolate spa treatments at Blue Haven Spa
As we are on the topic of Chocolate- Blue Haven Spa right here at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort has a special spa package called All About Chocolate. You can choose 3 of 6 decadent chocolate treatments. Chocolate has so many healing properties that will have your skin glowing and smelling irresistible.
Reconnect with a restful night’s sleep at the True Sleep Retreat
This wellness retreat draws on various traditions and practices from across the globe that promote a restful night’s sleep. It is a fusion of feng shui, aryuveda and Grenadian herbal tea workshops, meditations, yoga, mindfulness practices and plenty of time in our lush natural gems all around the island. This retreat is due to take place in July 2018. Stay tuned to our website or sign up for our mailing list on our website to get the details as they are released.
Take part in Spicemas August 13th and 14th
Spicemas is our annual Carnival celebration that takes place every year for 2 days in August. The colourful and vivacious celebrations officially begin in the wee hours of Carnival Monday with J’ouvert morning.
J’ouvert is what we call dirty mas- instead of wearing the glamorous feathered costumes that many people associate with carnival we cover our bodies in paint, black old car oil and even chocolate to parade down the streets dancing to rhythmic tunes punctuated by the tooting on conch shells, djembe drums and ominously clinking chains.
On Monday night giant bands of people jam down the roads behind trucks with giant speakers waving glow sticks creating an enchanting display uninhibited joy.
Tuesday is reserved for what we call “Pretty Mas”. As the name suggests it is a breathtaking display of masqueraders wearing vibrant colourful costumes chipping down the road intoxicated by strong Grenadian rum and the infectious beat of soca and calypso music. Everyone needs to experience Spicemas at least once in their lifetime!
Go to a Dinghy Concert – Live Musical Performances on the open ocean
This is a concert on the ocean that takes place every few months. It is the perfect opportunity to listen to some of our amazing local talent who sing anything from jazz, soca, reggea, RnB, Pop and original compositions. You don’t need to have a Dinghy to enjoy this unique experience- a shuttle boat can take you from the Le Phare Bleu marina to the barge which has a well stocked bar. The next concert is on 13th January, 2018.
Enjoy Pure Grenada Music Fest April 13th- 15th
Headline performances this year include the royal family of Reggea- Morgan Heritage, one of the men credited for the revival of roots reggear- Protoge, Jamaica female vocalist Jah 9, Soul singer Chrisette Michelle and dynamic local talents Ahkeem and Sabrina Francis from the band FLOM.
Listen to Jefferson sing at Street Food Wednesday at Dodgy Dock
One of our guests referred to Jefferson’s voice as smooth dark chocolate. This young man and his band Solid put their unique and passionate spin on every song- even his rendition of Sesame Street theme song makes you want to shake a leg. Street Food Wednesday at Dodgy Dock is perfect for a family and friends night out- it brings street foods from across the region into one place in a fun and casual atmosphere.
Watch leatherback turtles lay eggs on on Levera Beach in St. Patrick
Every year between March and August the world’s largest and oldest (they have been around since the dinosaurs!) ocean reptiles , leatherback turtles, return to the place where they hatched and lays up to 90 eggs. These endangered gentle giants journey from as far as Ireland and Western Africa to come to our shores. The only way you can witness this mesmerising miracle of nature in Grenada is with St. Patricks Environmental and Community Tourism Oragnisation (SPECTO). This rural group is the largest national advocate for leatherback turtle conservation. During the leatherback turtle laying and hatching season Levera beach is closed to the public unless you are accompanied by someone from SPECTO.
Explore the reefs of our sister island Carriacou
The magic of colourful Grenadian underwater life extends beyond the main island. Carriacou has some beautiful dive and snorkel spots worth a trip to the tiny sleepy island. Once you are out on the ocean a stop at Anse La Roche, a secluded beach most easily accessible from the seaside.
Preserve our endangered reefs by hunting lionfish with Aquanauts Grenada
Part of what has lead to the endangerment of our reefs on the island has been the huge population of the invasive lionfish which prey on almost all other species in the reef ecosystem. They have no natural predator. Lionfish found their way into the Caribbean Sea after their accidental release in Florida. They are also quite tasty, and so, a few years ago ocean conservationists in Grenada launched a “Eat it to Beat it” campaign. Our on site dive shop, Aquanauts, are supporters for this initiative and organise quite a few dives that include hunting lionfish. Last year they even hosted a Lionfish Derby and Grill out.
Jump from a Waterfall
For those adventure and adrenaline rush lovers we have plentyful opportunities to jump from waterfalls both tall and taller. Incase you would rather observe than take the plunge yourself (no judgment) you can live vicariously through the professional Anandale waterfall jumpers.
Soak in our Sulfur Springs
Grenada has non smelling sulfur springs all around the island. Two of the most popular and easily accessible ones are: Clabone Sulfur Springs in St. Andrew and River Salle Sulfur Springs in St. Patrick.
According to Livestrong.com
“The healing powers of hot springs have been used for thousands of years and are widely accepted in Europe and Japan as natural treatment options for various common ailments”.
Benefits of soaking in sulfur springs include reduced stress and better sleep, natural pain relief and improved skin health. It has been known to improve symptoms of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In our personal experience soaking in Sulfur Springs always leads to good conversations and lots of laughter.
Grenadian artisans and crafters have a special gift for creating some really amazing and unique things. You can buy anything from hand poured soy candles, wrapped crystal jewellry, intricately coloured Calabash bowls, all natural non-toxic skin care, hand dyed and hand painted batik fashion, local preserves, rum, dark chocolate…the list is pretty extensive so we will stop here though… you get the idea though.
True Blue Bay Boutique Resort hosts a few events throughout the year when many crafters and artisans come to sell their creations. The two biggest events are the Easter and Christmas Bazaar. Join our mailing list at www.truebluebay.com to get updates on the upcoming details.
Eat Indian at Punj-abi Restaurant
We are all about encouraging eating local foods when traveling (and Tuedays’s is Grenadian night at our restaurant Dodgy Dock)… However it would be remiss of us not to mention the recently opened Punj-Abi Indian restaurant. If you love spicy and flavourful authentic indian cuisines this restaurant is the place to be. Since it opened its doors in late 2017 it has received rave reviews including from the Indian community on the island. The Tika Masala Butter Paneer is one of our personal favorites. Book your table early because they tend to fill up pretty quickly.
Taste our local craft beer at West Indies Breweries
West Indies Brewery started of as a teeny tiny mirco-brewey right here at True Blue Bay Resort. In fact the micro-brewey still exists on compound and from time to time you can see someone tinkering around experimenting on a new flavour. These days you can find them in Lance-Aux-Epines at their Beer Garden which have quite a nice selection of craft beers and ciders made on location including a chocolate beer.
Play Bingo like you never have before
Many of us associate Bingo with tiny sober grannies and granpas hunched over sitting under a well lit tent with their oversized glasses and bingo boards. Well in Grenada it is quite a different kind of vibe. Bingo events are hosted in our National Stadium with lively performances, loud DJ music and the chance to win huge cash prizes, home appliances and cars. It is like a Grenadian version of The Price is Right- only with Bingo.