Since my love affair with Grenada started back in January, many of you have emailed or commented wanting more specifics: Where do you stay? Do you need a car to get around? How on Earth do you get there in the first place?
Guys, I’ve got you covered.
Grenada is serviced by American Airlines, which operates a direct flight daily out of Miami. Delta also offers a Saturday flight each week from Atlanta and one from Miami; JetBlue flies out of JFK on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; AirCanada operates flights weekly out of Toronto; and LIAT and Caribbean Airlines both fly into St. George’s from other Caribbean islands. If you’re in the UK, there are two flights weekly from Gatwick on both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. From Germany, there are seasonal flights on Condor Airlines.
We paid around $700 a person from Nashville, but I’ve seen cheaper fare in the past, for as little as $550 from Atlanta or $404 from Miami on Caribbean Airways.
I’ll be upfront with you: Driving in Grenada is hard. There are no street signs, no speed limit posted, no real rules. The best way to describe it is organized chaos.
Plus, if you’re American, you’ll be driving on the other side of the road and dodging humans as you go as many of the locals walk to and from work (or elsewhere).
Luckily, my husband learned to drive in both California and Sicily so he’s a wizard behind the wheel, but if you’re staying outside of Grand Anse, you’ll want a car so be sure you take an experienced driver with you. We found the best rates were via Hertz and Avis, and Jade and I each rented an SUV (automatic) for $450 for the week. On top of that, they’ll also issue you a Grenada driver’s license, which is another $30 or so.
Oh, and be prepared for goats. They’re everywhere (and oh-so-cute!).
Where to Stay
Without a doubt, the most secluded luxury vacation rental on all of Grenada is Villa Solitaire, a four-bedroom house with an additional office bedroom that can comfortably sleep 12 people or more.
Oh, and did I mention it comes with its own private pool? And cook? And cleaning service? Bliss.
But let’s not forget the tennis court! A former college tennis player, I hit the courts the final night in Grenada and wished I’d taken advantage of this perk every day we were there.
Villa Solitaire is not only the perfect family vacation spot, but also the most excellent site for a destination wedding in the Caribbean.
The price for a group our size works out to about $900 a night (or $225 per couple) in off-season. With food and all the amenities included, you really can’t beat that price and this level of luxury!
What to Do on Grenada
There’s so much to do on this tiny island, your problem will be cramming it all in. Do you learn how to scuba dive? Go snorkeling with sculptures? Try your hand at river rafting? Or visit a chocolate plantation or two? For an island, Grenada is surprisingly diverse in its offerings.