Sunday Special – Grenada

The Spice Island

Grenada is a more recent addition to my Bucket List. During the lockdown here in BC last year, when I was not able to work and had too much time on my hands, I did what any travel-obsessed person would do – learn about all sorts of world destinations. Now of course I had heard of Grenada. I had even picked up a brochure or two from a pre-pandemic travel expo. Though it was during the lockdown that had me researching this intriguing island even further. So what have I learned? Let’s take a look.

Grand Anse Beach in Grenada – Photo credit: Vkap at English WikipediaGrand Anse Beach GrenadaCC BY 3.0

Grenada is a southern Caribbean island and part of the Grenadine Island chain. This independent island country is made of three main islands (Grenada, Petite Martinique, and Carriacou) along with a few smaller ones. It has the nicknames of “The Spice Island of the Caribbean” and “Island of Spice” as it is a large producer of nutmeg and mace as well as turmeric, cinnamon, and cloves. No only that, this West Indies island also produces chocolate! They’ve hosted a chocolate festival, have chocolate factories, and many places to enjoy chocolate. Yeah, I’ll visit here. Oh and they have some nice beaches!

FACTS:

  • The island is 348 sq km / 134 sq miles in size with a population of just over 112,500
  • It’s tropical climate allows for temperatures that rarely drop below 18C / 64F and averages between 24C – 30C / 75F – 86F
  • It is located on the southern edge of the hurricane belt and has only experienced three hurricanes in about 50 years
  • The official language is English however Grenadian Creole English and Grenadian Creole French are widely spoken
  • Nutmeg and mace are the main exports with tourism as its largest industry
  • Grenada was originally inhabited by indigenous people before it was discovered by Columbus. It was colonized by the French and then the British.
  • It gained autonomy in 1967 and full independence in1974
  • Grand Anse Beach, near the city of St George’s, has often been called one of the best beaches in the world

SEE & DO:

  • Grand Anse Beach & more
    • Be a beach bum at Grand Anse, Morne Rouge Bay, Black Bay or Bathway beaches
    • Partake in watersports, go SCUBA diving, enjoy food and drinks at numerous restaurants at Grand Anse Beach
    • Divers can see the Underground Water Sculpture – the first one in the world near Grand Anse Beach
  • Waterfalls & Parks
    • Grand Etang Nature Reserve is home to a crater lake, mountains for hiking, and various flora and fauna
    • Seven Sisters Waterfall is so called as there are seven waterfalls which are located near to Grand Etang Nature Reserve. Many like to hike to the falls
    • Concord Waterfalls is a group of three waterfalls
    • Mt Carmel Waterfalls is the highest of the island falls
    • There are a number of other waterfalls as well
  • Spices and Flavours
    • Gouyave Nutmeg Factory where you can take a tour to see how nutmeg is processed
    • Dougaldston Estate is the oldest spice plantation on the island
    • Belmont Estate is a fully functioning chocolate plantation that produces high quality organic chocolate
    • Rum distilleries are popular and some offer tours while others offer tastings of their award-winning rums
  • Grenada Discovery Tour
    • A 45-minute trackless train tour that visits sites like the National Museum and Fort George while a narrator gives the history of Grenada

With everything this small island offers, I doubt anyone could be bored here. Additionally, my research tells me that the locals are amongst the friendliest people around. Yep, I will definitely try to visit this small yet vibrant island.

Nutmeg being processed, Grenada – Photo credit: Paul HarrisonNutmeg Drying at a Grenada Co-opCC BY-SA 4.0

COVID-19 related travel requirements and protocols are in place. Please check the country’s official government site for up-to-date information.

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