No matter how many times you enter the Grand Anse Beach, the effect is always stunning. It’s like walking from a two dimensional black and white page into a three dimensional world of glinting sea-reflections and a myriad of colours. Overhead is a huge and lovely sky vaulting over beach and sea. Walk through the Allamanda gate and your world suddenly expands. You are in the middle of a seemingly endless 2.5 miles of absolutely gorgeous soft white sand, lapped by the gentle waves of the impossibly blue Caribbean Sea.
Without doubt this is one of the world’s most impressive and beautiful beaches. Stroll slowly along the beach, stopping occasionally in the cooling shade of the Sea Grape or Seaside Almond trees that decorate the beach.
Look across the sapphire sea and you will see darker areas where underwater reefs offer fabulous snorkelling in a world of tropical sealife. Look over the water and the enchanting view of St George’s, the capital, is beckoning you with its offers of winding streets and lovely buildings.This idyllic beach could be your whole holiday. No need to go elsewhere – there is a complete world of daily life on the beach. Beautiful views all around, calm waters, food to eat and the friendliest local people to meet! Take an early morning swim as the sun rises and shoals of tropical fish swim all around you. Amble slowly up the beach and you will find so many lovely places to simply sit and meditate. For much of the time the beach is nearly deserted. Obviously on public holidays, carnival time, or when a cruise ship calls it gets more busy, but it is quite easy to plan your visits to avoid these times. Even in a busy time it is perfectly easy to find your own deserted escape.
Swimming in The Caribbean Sea
The beach slopes gradually into the crystal water. Calm seas and gentle waves, with few currents, mean the Grand Anse Beach is perfect for inexperienced swimmers and children alike. Yet the water is a wonderland of fantastic sealife. Young children can have fun making sandcastles on the beach whilst their older siblings swim out to investigate the many lovely reefs, or dive for sunken treasures! The more able swimmer may have fun attempting to swim the whole 2.5 mile length of the shoreline.
Sunbathing, Meditating and Beachside Dining.
This is your holiday! There will be times when all you want to do is relax on a beach chair, soak up that gorgeous Caribbean sunshine, and drift off into a world untroubled by daily concerns and responsibility. Here is your chance to observe the tranquil world about you. A fisherman may cruise in and tie his boat up. Getting his buckets of catch out onto the beach he announces his presence with a few load notes from his large conch shell. At this hooting people appear with buckets and bags to buy his wonderful catch of fresh tropical fish. Watch him sell jacks (a bit like sardines) garfish, dorado and other tropical delights. Up the beach a group of locals may be having a wonderful game of beach cricket. Every now and then somebody will come past with a basket of local fruit – skin-ups, mangos or watermelon – to sell to you. The warm breeze may carry the sound of Caribbean music to you. This is dreamtime!
Watch the Frigate birds slowly circle overhead, or a Brown Booby cruising over the water. When it sees a fish it arrows straight into the sea with barely a splash.The calmness is interrupted by the sound of a speedboat pulling an inflatable ringo or donut. The occupants skim over the water across the gorgeous bay to their obvious delight. You may like to try this yourself, or prefer to wander along to one of the beachside restaurants to try out some Grenadian cuisine. There is nothing more pleasant than eating grilled fish or callaloo soup whilst you watch the water lapping at the glistening sand of the Grand Anse Beach!
Walk out of the Allamanda at the closing of the day and watch the spellbinding sunset. The golden sun melts into the sea, and it’s different each day. The clouds billow and tower as they carry the golden light across the Grand Anse sky. The blue sky turns to gold and pink and purple, and St George’s is etched in brilliant gold.The atmosphere becomes electric at this time. Sounds of music and conversation drift in and out. After sunset you feel the magic in the air as the colours deepen in the twilight skies. A luxurious display of hues glows above and around you and is reflected from the hills and mountains behind. Maybe a snatch of Caribbean music will drift your way as fishing boats gently sway in the evening sea . The Grand Anse Beach Sunsets will be one of the highlights of your stay.