Grenada Feb 2018

Located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago is the island of Grenada.  Grenada is often known as the “Spice Island” and is one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger crops.  It has been colonized by the French and the British until its independence in 1974.  Grenada has a mountainous interior and many beautiful beaches along its coast.  We chose to stay at the Coyaba Beach Resort on Grand Anse Beach which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  The hotel is very average but nothing beats its location smack in the middle of the 2-mile long white sand beach.  Again like in many other Caribbean islands, the more luxurious hotels here, such as Sandals la Source or Laluna require all-inclusive deals as well as minimum stays.

DSCF9547Moon rise and sunset on Grand Anse Beach

DSCF9555Sunset at Grand Anse Beach

DSCF9556Grand Anse Beach

St George’s is the capital of Grenada, sprawling down into the horseshoe-shaped harbour on the side of an old volcano crater.  It is said to be one of the more picturesque towns in the Caribbean and can be easily explored on foot.  For views of the tiny capital and the harbour, go up to the 18th century Fort George established by the French in 1705.  Otherwise there is not much remaining of the original fort except a few cannons.  Back in the center of town is the Market Square that used to be a place for public hangings and trading slaves.  Nowadays, it is a place for vendors to sell their produce.  We meandered around the stalls looking at all the fruits and spices on display.  From the Market Place, we continued onto the Carenage with its beautifully restored Gregorian buildings and little shops and cafes.  It is St. George’s lively waterfront promenade where you can sit at one of the restaurants and see fishermen come and go.   There are also water taxis running to the Grand Anse Beach.

DSCF9506St George’s

DSCF9511Heading up to Fort George

DSCF9513Fort George

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DSCF9534Spice Market in St George’s

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DSCF9539Six pairs of jeans shorts for sale….any takers?

DSCF9540Carenage

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Our stay in Grenada was too short after spending a day visiting the Tobago Cays.  We will have to return someday to explore the cocoa and spice plantations, waterfalls, rum distilleries, and the Underwater Sculpture Garden.
Next post will be on our visit to the Tobago Cays in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Stay tuned!

 

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