Grenada & Carriacou / Special Interests / Beach
Grenada has a mixture of white, yellow and dark sand beaches – all of which are public. Carriacou has white sand only. Starting with the 2-mile white sands of Grand Anse and moving east and north the sand goes from a lovely golden colour at La Sagesse to a darker colour along the east coast at Grenville, Antoine Bay and Bathway Beach, curving round Sauteurs Bay, down past Gouyave Bay and getting lighter again past grand Mal Bay and into St George’s. Locals and visitors mingle happily along Dr Groom’s while at Grand Anse, Grenadians head down to the surf after work and to Cabier for family picnics. There is beach cricket aplenty at sunset and weekends at Morne Rouge.
Grand Anse on Grenada is a two-mile long stretch along which some of the island's main hotel are located including Spice Island Beach Resort, Mount Cinnamon and the Coyaba. Just behind the Grand Anse, the Flamboyant Hotel sits on the hillside with wonderful views across the beach and bay to St George’s and has a restaurant and Dive Grenada sitting at its feet at the end of Grand Anse beach. Lanse aux Epines bay and beach is the location for a small cottage complex of the same name and The Calabash as well as a few villas set back from the beach.
Morne Rouge Bay is one of the best places to see the sunset - a calm bay, soft sand and a beach partly shaded by tropical trees. It is served by Sur La Mer bar/restaurant and there is a nightclub and the inexpensive Gem Beach Resort behind the beach with the newer Kalinago Beach Resort further along. Nearby, is Portici Beach, home to Laluna. Further round and closer to the airport, Aquarium Beach (officially known as Magazine Beach) is a great favourite for its excellent restaurant and the Maca Bana Villa resort while next door, Pink Gin Beach is were you will find the all-inclusive LaSource.
Another notable villa beach resort is True Blue Bay Resort, albeit with a man-made beach. There is an excellent waterfront restaurant and the bay is home for Horizon Yacht Charters and a dive operator.
There are no notable beach resorts as such on Carriacou but Paradise Beach is idyllic and there are villas tucked into the hillsides behind some of the coves and beaches of this very laid back and enchanting little island.
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The Calabash Hotel Hotels & Resorts
One of the most agreeable, long-established hotels in the Caribbean. Small and sophisticated, with 30 suites in cottages set in a semicircle around lawns, gardens and the beach. Read more
Flamboyant Hotel & Villas Hotels & Resorts
A friendly, independent 67-room hotel set above the excellent Grand Anse beach in the South of Grenada. Read more
Spice Island Beach Resort All-Inclusive
A well-designed 64-room beachfront hotel, among the Caribbean’s best, set on Grenada’s most famous beach, Grand Anse. Read more
Frangipani Villas & Villa Living
Spacious and elegant are the two words that sum up this villa with its fantastic views over Hillsborough Bay and easy access to the beach below. Sleeps 10. Read more
Beachcomber Villas & Villa Living
Tiled floors and brightly-painted shutters give this bungalow a traditionally Caribbean feel, reflected by the simple and colourful furnishings and balustrades on the large veranda. Sleeps 6. Read more
Driftwood Villas & Villa Living
Extensive use of dark woods and terracotta lend a tropical feel to this simple, but elegant property where space and openness bring out the best of “inside-outside” living. Sleeps 4. Read more
Ginger Lily Villas & Villa Living
A comfortable and modern 2-bedroom beachfront villa with a private swimming pool set on its own headland overlooking Carriacou’s Hillsborough Bay. Sleeps 4. Read more
Indigo Villas & Villa Living
Outdoor living is the hallmark of this modern brightly-coloured villa with its huge veranda, spacious surroundings and easy access to nearby Tom’s Beach. Sleeps 4. Read more
Las Tortugas Villas & Villa Living
A mix of Caribbean and Mexican influences gives this hacienda-style villa a funky feel, accentuated by its casual outdoor living ambience. Sleeps 4-6. Read more
Peponi Villas & Villa Living
Stylish and unassuming is the best description of this sleek, modern villa set high on a hilltop on Carriacou, giving it fantastic views over Hillsborough Bay and with direct beach access. Sleeps 4. Read more
Yellow Bird Villas & Villa Living
A pretty villa set just above the sea on the delightfully sleepy island of Carriacou. Small and quite simple, a classic holiday bolthole with good sea views. Sleeps 4-5. Read more
Maca Bana Villa & Condo Resorts
12 rooms in six villas overlooking a secluded cove in the south of Grenada. Romantic and comfortable gem, with all mod cons and fantastic views. Read more
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