In my very first experience visiting Grenada, we were fortunate to receive an island tour by a friendly and generous ‘mini bus driver’. As we travelled through the various parishes, I specifically remember the scent of countless spices, from cinnamon, clove, to nutmeg, turmeric and many more. It is surely no myth that Grenada is the island of spice! The Grenadian spirit is warm and welcoming, easily a home away from home for any tourist or visitor.
1. The town of St. George
The capital town, called St. George is known for its classic architecture where historical buildings and infrastructure are preserved from the 1749 and earlier, giving a visual flashback of ancient times. This town consists of a market that provides a unique, variety of spices and crafts that symbolizes the skills of individuals on the island. Other locations in the town include Fort George, Creole Shack restaurant, the cruise ship terminal and the historic Sendal Tunnel.
2. Grand Anse Beach
For those who reside in countries with cold winter weather, and dream of a blissful beach experience, Grand Anse Beach may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Grand Anse Beach is approximately 3.3 miles of white sand. Its crystal clear water allows for adventurous scuba diving and great swimming. A water taxi is also accessible on Grand Anse Beach providing tranquility and relaxation throughout your tour (this part should be included in the above).This beach is ranked in the top 10 best beaches around the world!
3. Belmont Estate
(Belmont Estate is one the places you cannot miss! For those who are interested in Anthropology and learning about cultural artefacts, Belmont Estate is a treat! Located on the western side of the island, this estate was preserved from the days of slavery; some of the items found can be considered functional artefacts. The estate is still well known for the production and processing of a large quantity of Grenada’s top produce in the form of vegetables, fruits, nutmeg, cocoa, cinnamon and the other spices on the island. This establishment conserved the authenticity of the many spice factories on the island but to a much higher degree. A visitor can earn a full tour of the entire property and also dine at the restaurant where the majority of dishes prepared come from the surrounding garden.
4. Grand Etang Reserve
Grand Etang is full of Grenada’s abundant tropical vegetation and wild life. Quite often the Grenada Dove and the Grenada Monkey can be seen. This reserve is located in the mountainous parts of the island, consisting of a very unique preservation of rainforests. This area consist of a volcano that erupted several centuries ago forming a lake, along with a well known waterfall called ‘Seven Sister” that is now reserved for picnics and cookouts. The name ‘Seven Sister’ is was given to due its series of seven waterfalls stacked closely in one river.
5. Mount Camel Water Fall
Mount Camel is a majestic and rejuvenating experience. This waterfall is located in St. Andrews, the largest parish in Grenada. Mt. Camel Water fall is the tallest on the island, with two overlapping falls over seventy feet deep. The surrounding areas of the falls are very popular for cookout picnics, swimming and refreshing baths.
6. Gouyave –Fish Friday
Known as the fishing village of Grenada, Gouyave offers enticing treats from the ocean. ‘Fish Friday’, de’ official lime spot on a Friday, has grown so popular that foreign nationals have created imitations and variations of this fete in Toronto and New York to name a few. The village hosts this event by blocking off the streets, a variety of culinary presentations of different types of catches by the fishermen in the village are made and presented. In a festive manner filled with local music and dancing, Fish Friday goes from 4p.m. into the early hours of the morning.
7. River Antoine Estate
River Antoine Estate is the home of the famous Grenadian Rum ‘Rivers’ is situated on the northern part of the island. This rum is one of the few types of rum in the world being manufactured purely from Sugar Cane. In fact you can smell the aroma of the sugar cane once you crack the seal of the bottle. On a tour to the factory, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the full process of how rum; in particular ‘Rivers’ is manufactured.
8. Aquarium Restaurant and Bar
This Restaurant is located along one of Grenada’s most southern beaches; it is arguably one of the best restaurants on the island. This mixture of art and Caribbean cuisine creates a dynamic atmosphere where ‘a local feels like a tourist and a tourist feels like a local’. The soothing sounds of the nearby sea; is accompanied by the top musical bands on the island.
9. Underwater Sculpture Village
The Internationally acclaimed Eco-Sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor has immersed some of his best work eight meters beneath the waters of Grenada. In the form of life size sculptures, they form a village that blends Taylor’s artistic talent and nature’s evolution. The sculptures are consistently growing and changing form due to the presence of the reefs in the sea, making the village un-replicable. This village is known as the first of its kind.
10. Carriacou and Petite Martinique
The country of Grenada is a three-in-one island affair. There are six parishes on the main land, the last parish which is considered to be ‘seventh heaven’ are two separated islands known as Carriacou and Petit Martinique. These islands are located north of Grenada and south of the Grenadines region, with a rich diversity in culture of African, indigenous and European history. Some traditional practices include: Big drum dancing, boat building, The Regatta Sailing Festival, boat launching, Sa-ra-car celebrations, string band parang and their own Carnival festivities in February. To assist in having the full island triad experience daily inter-island fairies and aircrafts are available to ensure you don’t miss out.