With Grenada’s Spicemas Celebrations set to kick off in just under three weeks, the island is starting to buzz with Carnival excitement. Even though the festival is quickly approaching, there is still time to plan an amazing Carnival getaway!
Spicemas—Grenada’s unique take on Caribbean Carnival celebrations—is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience that will have you limin’ (a.k.a. partying) like a true islander. The multi-day celebration of island culture features a variety of events, giving visitors the chance to explore a bevy of local traditions. The main events of Spicemas include J’Ouvert, where participants dance in the streets in the early morning coated in oil, grease and pain and wearing horns; Pageant Mas, where costumed participants from each parish dance their way to downtown St. George’s and “Fancy” costumed bands march; Monday Night Mas, a party which occurs after nightfall, in which participants dress in bright or white clothing and are equipped with glow sticks; and Tuesday’s Parade of the Bands/Last Lap, in which the bands give one last showing.
When to arrive
While the two-day Carnival celebration officially kicks off on August 11th with J’Ouvert, many visitors choose to come to the island early to take part in the other revelry leading up to Spice Mas. The ramp-up to Carnival begins August 7th with the National Queen Show, with other events including the Soca Monarch Finals and Panorama, making August 6th an ideal travel day. Depending on your departure city, a direct flight to Grenada may be available; cities including Toronto, New York, and Miami all offer a direct flight to the island multiple times a week. Otherwise, a short layover in one of the aforementioned cities will often be included in travel plans. In addition to spending time attending bonus Carnival activities, guests should be sure to include time for relaxing and basking in the warm Caribbean sun.
Planning your stay
There are many options for accommodations at Laluna when planning your Grenada Carnival adventure. If traveling with a group, we recommend renting the Seascape Villa at Laluna Estate. The five-bedroom villa accommodates up to ten guests; Seascape’s infinity pool, indoor-and-outdoor living and cooking areas, and resort access allows guests to enjoy a relaxing luxury vacation when they aren’t exploring the Spicemas scene.
For couples visiting Grenada for Spicemas, we recommend taking advantage of Laluna’s Pay 6, Stay 7 promotion, allowing for time on either side of Carnival to take in everything that the resort—and the island—have to offer. If a week-long vacation just isn’t in the cards, Laluna’s Chillout Package allows guests to enjoy a quick four-night stay and then head home, full of Carnival memories!
For more information on booking your room during Carnival—or for help planning your getaway—contact Laluna’s helpful staff.