Next door to Lake Antoine is a discovery of a different kind -- River Antoine Rum Distillery, a privately owned rum factory that dates back to the 1800s. Also down the road is the Belmont Estate, a 17th-century plantation that has been repurposed into an agritourism showpiece, and one that’s well worth the visit to learn about the history of Grenadian food culture and history. Visitors can tour the property, visit the organic farm and gardens, learn about chocolate production, and dine on traditional Grenadian dishes. To stay, try Petite Anse Hotel in the bustling village of Sauteurs.
Farther inland is Grand Etang National Park in Saint Andrew parish, which at its center has a large, post-volcanic crater lake, Grand Etang Lake. In the middle of a rainforest at the heart of the island, it’s one of the most stunning, lush places to hike in Grenada. On a clear day, climbing to its highest point offers views above the trees to the ocean beyond.
If you have extra time or who want to go farther afield, consider staying on Carriacou or Petite Martinique -- the country’s far less inhabited islands, which have small hotels and are ideal for hiking, camping, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, diving, or just about any other natural pursuit someone could be interested in while in the Caribbean.
Just before the sun sets, I recommend booking a sunset cruise with Danny at Savvy Sailing Tours. A Grenada native, he commandeered an old sloop, the traditional lifeblood of commerce on the islands. Danny and his captain, Walter, provide snacks, water, and a potent rum punch, perfect for drifting up and down the main island’s coast as the sun dips into the ocean. Even though I travel for a living, this particular sailing trip was one of the most serene and enjoyable experiences I’ve had in a long time.