I’m so excited to have Cat from Budget Blonde, one of my favorite personal finance writers, here today to share her best to-see-frugally tips from Grenada! We’re doing a post swap, so after you’ve read about the amazing, cheap things you can do in the Caribbean, head over to her blog to check out my tips about how to ride in style without spending extra cash!
Hi! I’m Cat Alford, founder of the personal finance blog www.BudgetBlonde.com and I’m super psyched to be here chatting about cheap things to do where I live in Grenada, West Indies!
It sounds crazy living in the Caribbean right? So many people have said that we are living the dream, and we feel like we truly are. A little over three years ago, I was begging my landlord to help me shovel the snow around my car so that I could drive home and get married. Now, I’ve been working and playing in this beautiful tropical country alongside my hubs and spoiled pup, Julep, for a couple of years.
Living in Grenada is actually a bit more expensive than you might think! All of the food has to be imported so groceries are crazy pricy. It’s also hard to buy normal things like a toaster or a fan without spending an absolute fortune.
Still, we’ve been able to entertain ourselves with a ton of cheap activities that have made us really happy and really appreciative of this beautiful place we call home. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Go To Magazine Beach
Unlike the more touristy Grand Anse Beach, Magazine Beach is a true gem. It’s only a few steps from the airport, down a winding pathway, and you’ve got beautiful white sand and no vendors or other people in your way.
2. Participate in a Hash
Hashing is a really fun sport in Grenada. If you’ve never heard of it (they have hashers all over the world) it’s essentially a hike with a very small trail that was just set a few days before. It takes a few hours to do them, but the views are breathtaking. The celebratory food afterwards is really good too.
3. See the Leatherback Turtles
Every spring, enormous Leatherback turtles come to Grenada to lay their eggs. They are around 400 lbs and to see them come ashore and carefully decide where they will put their eggs is absolutely incredible to watch. You have to pay the preservation society a nominal fee for a tour, but it’s very inexpensive and well worth the experience of a lifetime.
4. Snorkel the Underwater Sculpture Park
There is a unique man-made reef in Grenada made from sinking large sculptures underwater. You can swim down and sit next to a statue of a man typing on a typewriter or a mermaid or a ring of people holding hands. It’s eerie and cool and there is only one other sculpture park like it in the world.
Ultimately, we’ve really had some incredible experiences here in Grenada in the past three years. We can’t believe that our time here is quickly coming to an end, but I know we’re going to have these memories forever.
Cat Alford is a personal finance freelance writer who encourages her readers to spend less and live more every day at www.BudgetBlonde.com.