Grenada is located in the south
eastern Caribbean, north of Trinidad & Tobago, and is among the most
southerly of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. It is
known as the "Island of Spice" due to the predominance of nutmeg
and mace crops. Grenada is part of the British Commonwealth and the
primary language is English. The island has a volcanic origin and is
very hilly with abundant rainforests. The island is well known in
recent history for the US Invasion in 1983 which ended Cuban influence on
the island. Locals still praise Ronald Regan for saving their
country. Grenada is 21 miles long and 12 miles wide. The
capital and cruise port is St George's and the island has a permanent
population of about 110,000.
St George's, Grenada
Attractions in Grenada:
Things to see and do:
Grand Etang National Park – enjoy the views on the Lake Circle Trail and the waters of an extinct volcanic crater lake
Fort Frederick – a small British fort on top of Richmond Hill with views of the harbor and the island
Fort George – a smaller fort, closer to the harbor, with views
Annandale Falls – a 30 foot cascade into a small pool
Spice Plantations – tours of cinnamon, cocoa and cloves at Dougaldston Spice Estate or Gouyave Nutmeg Station
Grand Anse – a turquoise beach that’s the most popular on the island and the name of a popular village as well. Take a water taxi from the pier for $4 and enjoy the most popular beach in Grenada and have easy access to drinks, food and souvenirs.
Morne Rouge – clear waters at this popular beach near Grand Anse
Balthazar River – river tubing through the tropical rainforest.
Look for registered taxi drivers at the wharf who will take you to
Grand Etang National Park, Fort Frederick, Annandale Falls, a spice hut
and Grand Anse for 20 – 25 $US per person, which compares favorably with the cruise ship pricing in excess of $60 per person.
Be prepared to pay about $2 per person at each stop for views of the
lake, the fort and the falls.
We opted to create our own tour in Grenada. In the cruise terminal, they were promoting tours for $20 each with 6 in an air conditioned van.
By the time we transferred to the outside attendant and then to a driver, we ended up 8 people in an unconditioned van and an itinerary that didn’t quite match what was originally promoted.
We had a great time anyway. I was surprised how hilly this island is and how narrow the roads were.
It was exciting to say the least, as we drove and even parked on cliff edges.
Our first stop was a small spice shop where they gave us a quick demonstration of various spices on the island.
From there we headed up to Annandale Falls. I took a picture of two women with fruits and spices on their heads for $2, but chose not to pay the cliff jumpers who jumped into the pool at the base of the falls.
Next we climbed even further, to the 2,000 foot level in the Grand Etang National Park.
We stopped at the small crater lake, which cost an additional $2 each to view.
From there we descended back down to sea level and the proceeded to climb up again to Fort Frederick on Richmond Hill.
To enter the grounds at the fort cost an additional $2 and this was the only way to get a view to St George’s that was free from power lines.
Then we descended again. This time we traveled through fine homes owned by doctors, lawyers and insurance agents.
At the bottom we made a brief stop at the retail front to a rum distillery.
Our last stop was a very brief visit to Grand Anse ( pronounced “ance”) Beach where we stopped long enough to snap some pictures.
Then it was back through St George’s inner harbor, through a single lane vehicle and pedestrian tunnel, and into the outer harbor where our ship was waiting.
All in all, a great $20 tour of Grenada!
Grenada is a very small
island. The port is St George's. Grenada is well known in
recent history for the influence of Castro to incite revolution
with the support of Russia. This culminated in the 1983 invasion of
Grenada by the US. The island
is principally English speaking. Grenada is also known as The Island
of Spice and our tour of a spice farm was excellent. I went on the Discover Grenada & Beach With Lunch.
We visited Fort Frederick, an 18th-century fortress with views of St. George's harbor. Next,
we went to Laura's Herb and Spice Garden to see a variety of spices.
The cocoa were
red on the outside, but slimy white inside with the cocoa bean hidden in
the middle. Then we went Westerhall Estate and ruins, to view the
history of rum processing. The site included a sugar plantation that
had been used to produce molassis for the rum. After a buffet-style
lunch, we also had time at the beach.