Grenada nature holiday

“A week on beautiful, friendly Grenada, with sightseeing tours, birding and nature hikes, plus time to relax and enjoy the beaches.”

Highlights

Grand Anse Bay | Fish Friday festival, Gouyave | St. George’s tour | Grenada National Museum |Full day island tour | Cocoa and Rum Distillery tours | Optional: full day’s guided birding | day trip to Carriacou and Sandy Island | choice of rainforest hikes

Description of Grenada nature holiday

Perhaps the Caribbean’s most friendly and picturesque island, Grenada is the perfect place for a nature holiday that combines relaxation and some sightseeing. Grenada’s tropical landscapes are home to various plant and animal species, and the island also boasts more than 40 beautiful white sand beaches, colonial architecture and lush gardens, so there is lots to see and enjoy.

This is a tailor made tour, and the suggested itinerary below includes nature hikes and some sightseeing tours, with plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling in the turquoise waters, relaxing and enjoying the vibrant flowers and birdlife of the island.

The tour can be completely tailored to your interests and you can also choose to extend it to 10 or 14 days, so you can take things at a more leisurely pace. No matter how long you stay, we're confident beautiful Grenada will delight you.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
This holiday is based at Blue Horizons Garden Resort, a hotel that is proud to be ‘green’. They are Green Globe certified and therefore committed to operating the resort observing and implementing sound Environmental practices. Some practices include minimizing the use of energy, water and materials of scarce supply; educating and informing their staff and guests of their policies and practices; and the purchasing of local goods and services which have no adverse environmental effects. A few examples of their efforts to minimize environmental impact include a creation of a fully-organic composting heap; the introduction of water-saving toilets and solar water heating systems in all the rooms. In the wonderful gardens, they have chosen more drought-resistant flora so less water is used during dry season. They are also active conservationists and encourage the nesting of 21 species of tropical birds and 49 species of moths in their grounds, as well as supporting the development of an underwater marine park, where sea life can flourish.

However, as the holiday is tailor-made to exactly suit your requirements, we would be happy to recommend alternative accommodation with the assurance that any hotel recommended by us would have similar high responsible credentials.

Conservation in Grenada has made giant steps in recent years, healing the scars left by past hurricanes. Trails have been cleared, new shoots have sprouted and grown and Grenada’s natural world is as enticing as ever. The National parks and reserves protect natural assets and we are committed to working with them to making the island a top Caribbean choice for bird watching and hiking.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

On this holiday, you will be met and looked after by our wonderful local representatives and all tours and walks are guided by local ecological guides. This brings income to local Grenadians, who are very aware that it is important to take care of their beautiful island's natural resources, as it is one of the main attractions for tourists and tourism is the main income on the island.

All the excursions included on this tour either focus on the natural environment or on interacting with the community. For instance the Gouyave Fish Friday is a community tourism project originally started with funding from US Aid after the devastation of Hurricane Ivan. Local vendors sell their wares and local musicians entertain the crowds of mostly local people, who happily interact with the tourists. At Belmont Estate, organic cocoa is grown and is then turned into the finest chocolate at the Grenada Chocolate Company. Fruit, vegetables and meat produced on the estate are used in the restaurant; they also support the local community and they have family day for workers and the community. The River Antoine rum distillery is water powered, and employs local people in the old traditional way of making rum. These are just a few of many examples, as all the excursions offered spread tourism income to local people and those most in need.

Climate

2 Reviews of Grenada nature holiday

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Reviewed on 01 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Beaing in the Caribbean.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel by bus if you can -- it's quite easy and it's great to mix in with the locals.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I do think it benefited local people because there were lots of people employed at my hotel. However, I don't think it reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was wonderfully restful, which is exactly what I went for.

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Flying in the very small plane from Grenada to Carriacou - on a flight we were very lucky to get, as the agency had actually had us taken to the airport - with boat tickets.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Allow for the fact that communication between agencies [and between colleagues , in Grenada] may well be flawed. Check details you'd assume you'd never have to check - e.g. is the pick-up time 6.45am or 7.45am? [we had written confirmation of both times], and why are we going to the airport when you've left us only boat tickets? And, if you say you're collecting us at the airport, could you tell the designated taxi driver - or allow us to deal with him directly?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Thanks to the commission given to local guide in Grenada, Vaughan Francis, we became involved in the conservation work at Blue Horizons, talking to the owner about his future plans, and encouraging other travellers to use this resort, and support his work. We are in touch with Vaughan, for the same reasons. He also pointed out to us the development of new resorts, which could damage eco-systems. We are writing to the government on Grenada and to developers, raising these issues. We also made sure that we used local businesses, eg the diving companies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. As we're seasoned travellers, we were able to get over the glitches.
We would not return to Sugar Bay in Barbados. Although the facilities are good, the staff excellent, and the food reasonably good, there is a baffling regime of 'entertainment' which involves very, VERY loud bands and singers. My husband's birthday dinner was ruined by the fact that we couldn't have a conversation at all, and couldn't hear the waitresses, who couldn't hear us. This happened most nights we were there. We didn't choose the calm of a beautiful
island to be stuck in some kind of grim karaoke bar....................

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write a review of your holiday. It is invaluable to us to know how everybody got on when away, whether it is good or bad. We discuss all feedback and use it for the ongoing development of our itineraries and service, together with that of our hotel and guide partners on the islands. We will certainly follow up on the communication ‘glitches’ that you experienced in Grenada. We are so pleased that you enjoyed spending time with Vaughan Francis and became involved in the conservation work at Blue Horizons, which is a hotel that we always recommend for this tour and has been a favourite of our clients for many years. Vaughan is one of our star guides and certainly helps bring the Grenada Nature Tour to life. It is disappointing to hear that Sugar Bay in Barbados did not live up to your memories of past family holidays. This hotel was an add-on to the Grenada Nature Tour, as requested by you and is not a hotel that we usually suggest. Thank you for the feedback, which we will take on board for future clients.


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