If you want to plan a trip to Grenada, a 5 day Grenada itinerary will be a perfect Caribbean vacation! Grenada is a hidden gem that you need to add to your Caribbean bucket list. If you’re looking for a unique Caribbean island to visit, Grenada has so much to offer that many other islands don’t have. Grenada is a volcanic island located at the southern end of the Windward islands, and is about a 4 hour flight from Miami with white sandy beaches, waterfalls, and a rich culture. Grenada will be sure to impress! Keep reading to plan the perfect 5 day Grenada itinerary!
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The Best Time to Visit Grenada
The busy season is mid-December to mid-April. There may be higher crowds, but better weather (less rain). Rainy season is typically June to December, so you may have slower crowds, but the likelihood for rain is higher, as well as higher temps over the summer. Cruises do stop over in Grenada, but they aren’t as common or busy as some Caribbean destinations like Grand Cayman, that may have numerous ships in every day.
How to Get to Grenada
Unless you are sailing into the country or on a cruise, you’ll likely arrive at the Maurice Bishop International Airport. JetBlue, Delta, and American Airlines all offer direct flights out of New York, Atlanta, and Miami respectively.
The Currency used in Grenada is the XCD, or Eastern Caribbean Dollar. You may see it written as Just “EC” in some places, but they also use the dollar sign on pricing. Unless you are at your resort, prices will most likely be in EC, so be sure to exchange cash beforehand. US Dollars are often accepted as well, but be mindful of the conversions. Usually, $2.60-2.67 EC is exchanged for $1.00 USD, but be mindful of current exchange rates. Cards may be accepted at larger establishments, but some places may only take cash.
Where to Stay in Grenada
There are a multitude of options to stay at for your 5 day trip to Grenada. If home stays are your preferred accommodation, Grenada does have many available online. If you’re looking for resorts, here are my top 3 recommendations:
Grenada’s Eco Friendly, oceanfront resort, complete with dive shop and sustainable practices. This boutique resort has so much to offer, from unique rooms, stunning views, and a plethora of activities and amenities. If you’re a diver, this is the resort you want to stay at and is also perfect for the eco conscious travelers! Book your stay at True Blue Bay Resort here.
Located on Grenada’s famous Grand Anse beach, this is the first resort I stayed in when I visited Grenada. Just steps from your room, you can find the gorgeous white sand beach lined with the gorgeous turquoise Caribbean sea. The Coyaba Beach Resort does offer all inclusive options if you are looking for an all inclusive option, or a regular booking if all inclusive isn’t your thing. Click to book your beachfront stay!
If you want the adults only, all inclusive option that is close to the airport, the Sandals resort in Grenada might be your perfect option. Popular for couples, the Sandals resorts are a favorite of those that like the all inclusive options. Sandals Grenada is situated on the popular Pink Gin Beach, and is secluded compared to some of the other resorts. Book your adults only stay here!
How to Get Around Grenada
Grenada is one of the Caribbean Islands that you want a way to get around to see more than just the resort you stay at. There are three ways to get around that I recommend; driving, taxis, or the public bus system. Renting a car is going to be the most expensive and involved of the options, but provides you with the most freedom. If you are uncomfortable driving on the left, or on narrow and winding roads, I would opt for one of the other transportation methods. Taxis are plentiful in Grenada, you’ll likely meet a taxi driver when you get to the airport. Many of them will offer you their business card, and you can call them for different rides, or even tours. The most cost effective is using the public bus system. The buses are small, and often crowded with locals and travelers. There will be a “conductor” that is hailing guests and helping shuffle people in and out of the crowded buses. This can be a little confusing to navigate if you’ve never done it, but you can tell the conductor which stop you’re looking for and they can help you out.
Communicating with Taxi Drivers:The best method of communication on the island is through WhatsApp, if you do not have a Grenadian SIM card for your cell phone. Most taxi drivers use WhatsApp readily, just note that some of your destinations may not have wifi, so pre-arrange a pick up time with the driver if you don’t have service.
The Perfect 5 Day Itinerary for Grenada
Your first day in Grenada will be your travel day, and most flights tend to land in the afternoon. Day 1 of your itinerary for Grenada is the perfect day to relax after a long travel day. Once you make it through customs, hail your taxi to your hotel and check in. Throw on a swimsuit and head to Grand Anse beach to swim in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Grand Anse Beach is not only one of the best beaches in Grenada, but was named one of the best beaches in the world as well!
While you’re on the beach, plan to have some sunset drinks at Esther’s Bar. Esther and her son, Kimani, make the best mojitos! This barefoot bar is located within the Spice Market on the beach, so you can shop around for some souvenirs if you want, or just enjoy the perfect sunset over the beach with your mojito in hand!
For dinner, stay on Grand Anse Beach and head over to Umbrella’s Beach Bar. Many nights they will have live music, and the food is great. There is also seating upstairs on their rooftop if you want a pretty view from up above! After dinner, head back to your resort to get some sleep, since day 2 will be packed with adventure!
Start your morning adventures by visiting the Carenage, or main harbor in the city of St. George’s. There are lots of shops and restaurants along the shoreline, but two spots I’d definitely recommend visiting for a bit of a cultural experience are the Fish Market and St. George’s Market. The fish market is filled with tons of fresh caught fish, and even if you’re not going to buy any, seeing the local fisherman’s catches is pretty impressive. Seafood is a big part of what the locals eat, since it is so readily available, you can learn a lot even just from speaking with the fisherman! The St. George’s Market is within the town square, and has tons of spices, fresh fruits and vegetables, sarongs, and souvenirs. It’s a colorful and fragrant market that is lots of fun to experience.
After you’ve spent your morning shopping hop aboard a sailing trip with Savvy Sailing! Savvy sailing has traditionally built boats that can be rented out for private sails. If you don’t know me or follow me on Instagram already, then you may not know that sailing is one of my favorite ways to travel, and I highly recommend it to others as well. There are many sailing trip options, but try snorkeling the underwater sculpture park if you can. This underwater sculpture park is the first one of its kind in the Caribbean, and has many beautiful sculptures to explore. If snorkeling isn’t your preferred trip, Savvy also offers sunset sails and other custom itineraries if you’d rather sail the whole day!
After you finish your sailing trip with Savvy, head over to Dodgy Dock Restaurant at the True Blue Bay Resort for dinner. This restaurant often has “themed” nights, with a variety of themes changing every day. These themes are offered Tuesday through Saturday nights. If you go, be sure to try the nutmeg colada and try to go for street food night on Wednesday!
Your Grenada itinerary wouldn’t be complete with an island tour to explore more of what the island has to offer and immerse yourself in the cultural experiences of the island. This will be a full day tour, and depending on what you are hoping to see and do, could have a very different experience than other full day island tours. These tours often visit a waterfall, the Belmont Chocolate Plantation, Four Rivers Rum Distillery, Welcome Stone, Sulphur Springs, Pearls Airport, or Grand Etang Lake. Most of the full day island tours will give you options to choose from, with some of the waterfall visits being more challenging than others, or a variety of cultural experiences. The two companies I recommend booking with in Grenada are either Bonanza Stables (they also offer horseback riding), or Get Up ‘n’ Go Tours Grenada (who also offer a party boat experience).
After your full day island tour, you’ll likely be pretty worn out, so I’d opt for a more casual dinner at the West Indies Brewing Company, known by the locals and students just as the Brewery, or sometimes “Brew”. The brewery offers delicious food, outdoor seating, often has live music, and a variety of craft beers brewed on site! It can get very crowded later in the night, when the DJ comes out, so if you want a quiet dinner I’d aim for a bit earlier.
Since day 2 and 3 of your Grenada trip were pretty big, there’s a bit more wiggle room for things to do. Grenada has so much to offer, it’s really hard to squeeze it all into only 5 days, but here are some options to consider.
If you want more time in the Carenage or wanted to shop around, head back to the Carenage for the St. George’s market again. While you are there, be sure to visit the House of Chocolate, where you can learn all about chocolate and spend time in the cafe.
There are numerous waterfalls on the island, you could consider taking a taxi to a different waterfall for a half day trip. If you’re going to plan another waterfall trip, be sure to coordinate with a taxi driver if you are not going to have cell service. Click here to read all of my top choices for the best waterfalls in Grenada!
Another option for the day is to visit the beautiful Tower Estate and Gardens for their high tea. This beautiful property is nestled between gorgeous gardens and has been in the same family for generations. They offer a blue tea that is delicious, hors d’oeuvres and will teach you all about the local plants that are grown around the estate. We had a great time visiting and was my first time experiencing a high tea!
After you’ve decided what you’re going to do for the day, consider visiting Mourne Rouge Beach (also known as BBC Beach) to visit La Plywood Bar for their delicious fish tacos! It’s a great sunset spot as well, if you’re looking for a casual beach bar and sunset. If you want something more elegant for sunset and dinner, head to La Luna Restaurant just around the corner from BBC Beach.
Now that you’ve come to the end of your 5 day Grenada itinerary, you likely won’t have the whole day to explore. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have to leave Grenada early. If you have time, I’d recommend visiting Secret Harbour Marina for breakfast. Their breakfast is delicious and offers beautiful views of the marina and cove that is below. Afterwards, spend time relaxing at your resort or on one of Grenada’s beautiful beaches until it’s time to go home.