Grenada beaches are known world over for being beautiful and picturesque beaches. Away from the busy southern coast, you can quite often not even see another soul on them and you really feel that you have reached paradise. In our series on Grenada beaches – we share with you why you might want to visit Levera Beach.
Levera Beach is located on the north coast of the Spice Isle and is known for it’s nocturnal visitors – the fascinating and surprisingly large leatherback turtles that visit every year to lay their eggs in sandy nests. It’s also part of the 450 acre Levera National Park that is home to the lagoon, an important wildlife habitat for the island. Birds you might spot are Herons, Common Snipes and Black-necked Stilts. There is also a mangrove swamp.
This white-powder sand beach is fairly close to the popular Bathway Beach and is reached by driving down a track that will take you to a parking area. From here you’ll be able to see the wide expanse of white sand with a private island known as ‘Sugar Loaf Island’ just a few hundred yards off the coast. This island has a sole property and fills the mind with pleasant daydreams of living on one’s own private island!
Levera Beach is almost a mile long and can make a nice walk along the shore. As you turn the corner you’ll see coconut trees and more tropical vegetation that sit back from the coastline. You might even be lucky enough to come across a leatherback turtle visiting the shore during daylight hours.
Turtle watching tours are run by St Patrick’s Eco Conservation and Ocean Spirits every turtle laying season – April to July each year. Petite Anse can arrange your turtle watching trip for you.
Even though Grenada is not known for crime, it is advisable that you do not leave any valuables in the car and you should also lock the doors when you leave it parked at the beach – just as you would in any other part of the world. Why don’t you make a day of it and take a picnic with you to refreshing Levera Beach.
UPDATE: November 2016: We have heard that Levera Beach is likely to get a large resort built on it within the next few years. So things could change remarkably since this post was written in 2011.
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