Bountiful Grenada

Approaching St. George's, Grenada

Approaching St. George’s, Grenada

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.

The sign says it all... The people of Grenada couldn't have been more welcoming

The sign says it all… The people of Grenada couldn’t have been more welcoming

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.

With some friends at Dougaldston Spice Estate

With some friends at Dougaldston Spice Estate

Nutmeg (?) drying in the sun

Nutmeg (?) drying in the sun

Smells like Christmas!

Smells like Christmas!

Don't eat that! (Too late!)

Don’t eat that! (Too late!)

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.

Breadfruit perhaps?

Breadfruit perhaps?

Figs? Or are these the breadfruit? Or maybe mangoes?

Figs? Or are these the breadfruit? Or maybe mangoes?

Absolutely no idea... sorry, Felix!

Absolutely no idea… sorry, Felix!

Now these are bananas! Or possibly plantains?

Now these are bananas! Or possibly plantains?

Definitely bananas, complete with plastic bags to keep the spiders off (ick!)

Definitely bananas, complete with plastic bags to keep the spiders off (ick!)

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.

Grand Etang Crater

Grand Etang Crater

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.

The Carenage from Fort George

The Carenage from Fort George

Grenada really is a welcoming and Bountiful island.

Rolls of cinnamon bark drying by the roadside

Rolls of cinnamon bark drying by the roadside

Grenada = Bountiful!

Grenada = Bountiful!

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.

Grenada has a unique variety of eggplant

Grenada has a unique variety of eggplant

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!

This post was inspired by the themes Bountiful from Ailsa (of Where’s My Backpack?) and Signs from Cheri (of the Daily Post).

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6 Responses to Bountiful Grenada

  1. jpeggytaylor says:

    I can imagine the smell of all those Christmas spices … mmmm 🙂 Grenada looks a fascinating and beautiful place.

  2. Ooh those spices look amazing! grenada was wonderful for me.Great post I always love your shots of your stuffed animals in foreign countries.

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