Welcome to St. George's, Grenada
Fragrant, floral and serene, St. George’s is the jewel box of the West Indies, adorned with bougainvillea and hibiscus in a riot of color that surrounds the U-shaped harbor. The “Spice Island” of Grenada is a year-round paradise for growing nutmeg and cinnamon, and those same growing conditions make St. George’s an idyllic retreat for St. George's Radisson Hotel guests.
Pack lightly—you won’t need much more than a swimsuit to enjoy the primary attraction in St. George’s: warm, cerulean water that is perfect for snorkeling near shipwrecks and swimming at dreamy Grand Anse Beach. When you’re ready to escape the sun, head to one of the island’s waterfront restaurants for fresh local seafood.
Reasons to Visit St. George's
- Historic Forts: Visit the western edge of the harbor to catch a picture-perfect view from the battlements of Fort George. Built by the French in 1705, Fort George also has two sister forts on the island, including the unique Fort Frederick, where the canons face inland rather than toward the sea.
- Waterfall Hikes: The sounds of the rainforest make the hike to Concord or Annandale waterfalls feel like an adventure. For the country’s best falls, dedicated ramblers love trekking past nutmeg and banana plantations to reach Seven Sisters Falls in Grand Etang National Park.
- Soft, White Sand: The shade of an umbrella, the sound of gentle waves and warm, smooth sand under your feet make seaside afternoons the most popular tourist draw in St. George’s. Grand Anse is considered the island’s most beautiful beach, but Morne Rouge Beach offers a less crowded shoreline.
- Home-grown Chocolate and Cocoa Tea: Some of the world’s finest chocolates come from the plantations on the north end of Grenada. Take a tour of the production facilities, or relax with a cup of cocoa tea—a spiced hot chocolate made with finely ground cocoa beans.
- Snorkeling and Sea Turtles: Brightly colored sea life abounds in natural coral reefs and man-made structures at snorkeling spots like Magazine Beach and Molinere Bay. Farther north at Levera National Park, witness sea life on the sand as turtles lay their eggs from May through September.
- Oil Down: The name for both the dish and the party at which it is made, “oil down” is a delicious national staple with nearly infinite varieties. The basics include meat or seafood, breadfruit and vegetables stewed with coconut milk and turmeric and served on banana leaf plates.
When to Visit St. George's
Hovering in the mid-70s and mid-80s ⁰F all year long, St. George’s has exactly two seasons: the wet and the dry.
The dry season from January to May offers the best weather for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, thanks to calm waters with great visibility. Sport fishing competitions like the Spice Island Billfish Tournament and the pulsating rhythms of the Grenada Drum Festival make the winter months feel especially festive.
The island’s wet season lasts from June through December. Climaxing in August, this season brings showers that typically pass quickly so St. George's Radisson Hotel guests can enjoy on-shore extravaganzas at the annual Carriacou Regatta. Also held in August, Grenada’s Spicemas Festival is a reimagining of Carnival and Mardi Gras, with beauty pageants, street parties and live music.
St. George's Travel Tip
Grenada’s unspoiled sister islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique deserve a day trip, and the high-speed Osprey Express ferry can get you there in less than two hours. If time is limited, air taxis to Carriacou cut the commute to 20 minutes.