Planning Grenada Carnival Guide 2022

 

Grenada’s Carnival, better known as Spicemas, is a 10-day celebration with monarch competitions, great food, fetes, jab and pageantry. This celebration concludes with two days of parades – jouvert and pretty mas. Prepare yourself for minimal to no sleep!

The parades take place on August 8-9, 2022 

GETTING THERE 

Grenada is accessible from by plane, fly into Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND). Flights get expensive really quickly so make sure you set your alerts.

WHERE TO STAY 

Most of the major Spicemas events happen in St. George. However, there are quite a few amazing events that happen outside of this parish as well.  It is advised that visitors rent a vehicle, hire a designated taxi driver during their stay or use the local ride share app – HaylUp

WHERE TO PARTY 

You cannot have carnival without fetes. Grenada offers many fete types for revelers. When I asked around these fetes came highly recommended:

  • C4 Promotions House Party – August 2nd: It’s a modern twist to the old school house parties that we used to rock! There’s limited space but those interested can register to be on the exclusive guest list at c4promotions.com.
  • Preeday – August 3rd 
  • Soca Monarch – August 5th: The National Stadium comes alive on Carivan Friday for Soca Monarch.  Watch the top Grenadian soca artistes battle for the coveted titles of Groovy and Power Soca Monarchs. 
  • C4 Promotions Rum Boat August 6th: This is an all inclusive breakfast boatride that starts off the festivities on Carnival Saturday. Top DJs and performers keep the vibe on lock while we party on the open seas. 
Sandals Grenada

WHERE TO GET COSTUMES 

You can find relatively affordable costumes at Spicemas. Vibe Mas Carnival for example has backline costumes starting from $460usd. Here is a list of bands to choose from:

TOURISTY THINGS TO CHECK OUT 

While you’re there for Spicemas, make some time to see Grenada. There is something for everyone. If you’re into outdoor adventures, you can visit the underwater sculpture park, try a hash (trail running in the mountains) with the Grenada Hash House Harriers, water tube with your friends or visit one of the many waterfalls. For the culture lover, there are some historical sites, great food, fun bars and some of the best beaches in the Caribbean at your disposal.

COVID PROTOCOLS 

As of April 2022, travelers heading to Grenada do not need a covid test, do not need to be vaccinated nor do they have to fill out a pre-travel form. Traveling to the island has been made easier.

Have more questions? Ask me in the comments below!

Yours in Mas, 

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