Grenada beaches vs Aruba beaches

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#1
The Villages, Fl
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Has anyone done both and compare them? We just love Palm Beach in Aruba and want something like it in Grenada.
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Orlando, FL
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We love Palm Beach and in Grenada, we went to Grand Anse and it is just as beautiful.
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#3
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aruba= dirty cloudy beach water

Grenada, Grand Anse beach wow!! clear beach water


Aruba, 1 beer = $6 (you buy in hotel)
Grenada 6 beers = $11 (you buy from beach vendor)


Grenada (Tropical island)
Aruba (very dry desert cactus island)
#4
Barbados
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Originally posted by westcoastguy
aruba= dirty cloudy beach water

Grenada, Grand Anse beach wow!! clear beach water

Eeeuwww!


Aruba, 1 beer = $6 (you buy in hotel)
Grenada 6 beers = $11 (you buy from beach vendor)


Grenada (Tropical island)
Aruba (very dry desert cactus island)
OMG! Grenada is the best place on the face of the Earth.
Let's all go live there (I'd have to drag my wife, kicking and screaming!
-she can't stand the place, despite having very close family living there -- duz that tell ya?)



On the other hand...
Barbados and Aruba are just junk destinations?
Thank you westcoastweirdo for revealing the real truths about these destinations.

You weren't born in Grenada by any chance?
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homer glen, il
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solehigh

We've been to Palm Beach in Aruba and Grand Anse in Grenada. They are both beautiful beaches.

To get to Grand Anse,take a short 20 minute water taxi ride that costs around $4 each way per person. The water is crystal clear,the sand is white,and there are beach chair and umbrella rentals. They have food and drink's for sale.
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Windwards
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Eww talk about the worst possible picture of GA Beach in Grenada.

Head south of the water taxi dock for the most beautiful sand and hardly any people. Its almost 2miles long so leave the rat race behind and experience the beach as it should be experienced with very few tourists and beautiful people

Stay at the dock or head north if you want loads of tourists and the wash end of the beach
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Barbados
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Originally posted by IslandStar
Eww talk about the worst possible picture of GA Beach in Grenada.
Specially selected for the occasion!
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Originally posted by IslandStar
Eww talk about the worst possible picture of GA Beach in Grenada.

Head south of the water taxi dock for the most beautiful sand and hardly any people. Its almost 2miles long so leave the rat race behind and experience the beach as it should be experienced with very few tourists and beautiful people

Stay at the dock or head north if you want loads of tourists and the wash end of the beach
About how far of a walk to this beach? How's the snorkeling? Chair rentals available? Rest rooms?

Thanks
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Originally posted by spycegirl63
Topless is absolutely not permitted
Great shame...
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Windwards
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Originally posted by aplmac
Great shame...
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Brings to mind a great advert I saw for beer....

Two young men in the USA on the beach as gorgeous young girls run by. One says to the other "You know I hear in Europe the women go topless!" They both smile and dream. Cut to European beach where two young men are on the beach grimacing as a massive woman in front of them takes off her bikini top. One say to the other "You know I hear in the USA women aren't allowed to go topless!!" They both dream

I've seen some sights here that really should have stayed covered up!!
#13
New Hampshire
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Originally posted by loves2cruz
About how far of a walk to this beach? How's the snorkeling? Chair rentals available? Rest rooms?

Thanks
We would like to know the answers to these questions, too. ANYONE???
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Toronto area, Canada
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Is there a beach walking distance to the port? I think there is, but i'm not sure of what it's called. Thanks for any help.
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#15
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Originally posted by loves2cruz
About how far of a walk to this beach? How's the snorkeling? Chair rentals available? Rest rooms?

Thanks
Can't walk to it unless you really like walking long long distances in heat!! Take a water taxi or a land taxi. Much much quicker and easily amenable. Snorkeling in beautiful clear water but no coral [If you want reefs go to either end of the beach and be prepared to swim out a way]. chairs yes, rest rooms yes
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Windwards
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Originally posted by hildacloake
Is there a beach walking distance to the port? I think there is, but i'm not sure of what it's called. Thanks for any help.
Nope - take a water taxi or a land taxi. Grande Anse Beach is the most famous - consistently voted int he top-10 worldwide but to really experience it don't stay by the dock move further south away fromt he crowds.
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That's what it's called, Grand Anse...the last cruise we were on, one of the guys who worked on the ship said to us he's walking to the beach, so we thought it was kind of close...but i just googled it, and it does look like far. Any idea how much for the water taxi, and where you can catch them?
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Originally posted by hildacloake
That's what it's called, Grand Anse...the last cruise we were on, one of the guys who worked on the ship said to us he's walking to the beach, so we thought it was kind of close...but i just googled it, and it does look like far. Any idea how much for the water taxi, and where you can catch them?
When you come off your ship and go inside the terminal there is a water taxi man who will direct you tot he water taxis. two minute walk to them and it was US$4 per person last year. If there is a large group in your party may be better to get a land taxi US$25/hr and see some sights from the forts before heading to the beach.
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when you purchase the water taxi is that one way only or return? we'd walk either there or back to get some shopping done downtown, so would only need one way. it's just me & hubby .... small group
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We have been in both Granada and Aruba on the same cruise. Aruba's water beats Granada hands down. Precisely because Aruba is a very dry island with its lone mountain being very rocky, there is no run-off while Granada is a much lush island there is run-off from dirt and mud on the mountain slope. Therefore the water visibility at Aruba is much better.

You can get the water taxi right next to the pier at Granada. And yes you can just pay one-way. This is the quickest way. You could also walk a few yards to the right side of the pier and you would see a bus depot of some sort. From there there were many mini-van type "buses" to go to different parts of the island, including the beach. However the buses seemed to be crowded and they did not seem to have AC, so it could be hot and uncomfortable.

Honestly it is hardly a beautiful beach - the sand is not white sand and is coarse. The beach while is long, it is very narrow - there is not much room from the edge of the water to the dirt where the sand beach end. The picture up thread depicts the actuality.

We took the water taxi out, walked a bit on the beach to where there was an open air souvenir market and then decided this was enough for us. We wanted to take the land taxi back to town - we spent no more than 30 minutes on the beach including the walk. And we were not the only ones made such decision. There was another couple who went to the beach on the same water taxi. They, too, decided that was not the place they would like to hang out. So the 4 of us waited on the road side just outside the open air market and flagged down a land taxi to take us back to the pier.

On the other hand, the beaches in Aruba is far more beautiful with crystal clear water and fine sugary white sand, especially the Eagle Beach where it is less crowded than Palm Beach (hotels and casinos are on that one). Both can be reached via bus with only US$2.50 round trip per person. There is another beach further out, near the foot of the hill where the light house is. That beach does not have much of sand beach near shore and has very rocky bottom clearly visible from the very clear water. If you like snorkeling, this would be the one to go. We had a rental car so we went all the way to Baby Beach for our beach activities.

We will sail on Oct 9 for a 10day South Caribbean on Emerald Princess. Both Granada and Aruba are on the itinerary. We have no desire to return to Grand Anse beach at all.