After our experiences on Dominica, we made the decision to cancel our rental car in Grenada before we even arrived, opting to hire a driver for the day (which isn’t as expensive as it sounds). It definitely proved to be the right decision. Especially considering our first stop of the day was somewhere we hadn’t even heard of before our driver, Felix, suggested it.
Grenada is known as the Spice Island. Nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cocoa… you name it, they’ve got it in abundance. And at the Dougaldston Spice Estate outside the town of Gouyave, we learned how several of those spices are traditionally collected and prepared. We even got to sample a couple.
Heading up towards Grand Etang National Park, high in the centre of the island, Felix pointed out all sorts of exotic crops and wild plants growing right beside the road.
At the heart of the lush, rainforest-covered National Park, at an altitude of 1900 feet, was the extinct Grand Etang volcanic crater. Legend claims that the lake within the crater has no bottom.
Circling around the west and south coasts of the island from Grand Etang, we returned to Grenada’s capital, St. George’s. Although the effects of 2004’s Hurricane Ivan are still very visible, St. George’s is picture-postcard material. The views from Fort George, which sits astride a promontory above the modern cruise terminal, were particularly scenic. From there you look down on the Carenage, the town’s inner harbour, formed from an extinct, partially-submerged volcanic crater.
Grenada really is a welcoming and Bountiful island.
And one of the most noticeable things about it is its cleanliness. Unlike some other Caribbean destinations, there is very little litter around, and people seem to take a real pride in the ‘curb-appeal’ of their homes and gardens.
By the way, if anyone can correct my botany and tell me what the fruits in this post really are, I’d be very grateful!
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