When thinking of a tropical getaway, many immediately think of suntans and pina coladas. While a relaxing escape is effortless in Grenada, the island also offers a number of activities for those that enjoy being on-the-move. Today we offer our five favorite things to do on the island for those that love to have fun and stay fit.
Compete in a Race
For the more competitively inclined, the Grenadian General Insurance 14th Annual Half Marathon takes place Sunday, November 22nd, 2013, and is a race for true competitors and fun-runners alike. Taking runners from Coals Gap through Westerhall, Calivigny, Grand Anse Valley, the Lagoon, the Carenage, and ending in the Financial complex, the course is as beautiful as it is hilly. Open to all ages, runners will run along young school children and older, more experienced runners alike. The race starts midday, so be prepared for the sun and heat.
Insider tip: The Half Marathon has a generous amount of water stops along the course; however, with the heat and humidity, we recommend carrying a running water bottle to supplement, as well as some electrolyte and energy replacements such as GU or Gatorade.
Hit the Gym
Opening in late October, the Laluna gym will offer the best equipment that Italian fitness company Technogym has to offer. Located in the Laluna Wellness Sanctuary—home to the Asian spa and beachfront yoga pavilion—the gym will feature a stunning view of the sea. With equipment including a mutlistation, elliptical, treadmill, and more, the fitness center will allow visitors to fit in a workout no matter what the time of day.
Insider tip: To add variety to your workout and hit different muscle groups, supplement your gym work with a yoga class at our beachfront yoga pavilion.
While Laluna offers complementary mountain bikes to guests who like to hit the road and explore on their own, for those that prefer a more structured and informative sightseeing experience, a great way to pair fitness and touring is with a guided bicycle excursion. With a fleet of mountain bikes and cruisers, guides will take cyclists of all skill levels on a beautiful, fun tour of the island.
Insider tip: MochaSpoke, the company that offers the guided tours, also has a cafe at the same location that makes delicious waffles. Perfect for carb-ing up before a big ride!
Snorkeling and Swimming
You can’t have a complete vacation in Grenada—or at least you shouldn’t—without enjoying the splendor that is the Caribbean Sea. One of our favorite sea activities is snorkeling. Take a day trip out to the Underwater Sculpture Park and spend time swimming around and exploring the sunken statues. For an even more cardiovascularly challenging snorkeling excursion, use the snorkeling gear provided by Laluna to swim out from our beach and snorkel the surrounding bays. Be sure to take the direction of the current into account!
Insider tip: Depending on the time of year, excursions can also be booked to sail out and snorkel with the sea turtles. Ask the concierge for more details!
Try a Tri
If a multi-sport competition is more your cup of tea, the Grenada Triathlon Association has what you are after. Offering a few events throughout the year, the Association has events for all fitness levels. If you’re looking for a fun team event, the Mocha Spoke Tag Team Triathlon is a blast. Consisting of 200m swim, 5km bike, and a 1.2km run, teams of two compete against each other, with the women completing the course first and then tagging in their male partner. Held on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 the Tag Team Tri is a great introductory race. For those looking for something a little more challenging, the Tri de Spice, held over Easter Weekend each year offers distances including Try-a-Tri, Sprint, and Olympic.
Insider tip: Don’t want to include your bicycle as a part of your luggage? Ask the concierge about borrowing a Laluna bike, or speak to MochaSpoke about renting one of theirs for the day.