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Grenada: Friendly And Hospitable

Grenada has had its share of bumps and bruises along the way. The most recent happened in 1983 when the prime minister and several supports were murdered by political foes at Fort George. A request from the governor general and heads of states of other islands sought help from the United States. After a brief stint from the Americans, Grenada was open for business and became a popular vacation place. Then in 2004 Hurricane Ivan ravaged some places but that didn’t stop the tourism.

The Grenadians are friendly and hospitable people. This was my third visit and I had never worried. And I walk around alone.

My ship docked in St. Georges, the capital. I decided to hit the Grand Anse beach first thing as the captain warned us of a regatta competition later in the day which would mean a busy beach. I didn’t want to fight any crowds.

I caught the water taxi at Esplanade Mall, for a 15-minute ride to the beach’s dock. Two miles of sugar white sand and clear gentle water was definitely the order of the morning with a bit of rain mixed in. Then wow, what a beautiful rainbow.

I watched the action for a while under one of the many palm trees or sea-grape trees. Someone walked by trying to advertise their shop. I told them thanks but no thanks. I turned on my stomach and he left.

Down the beach is Grand Anse Craft & Spice market with 82 booths. Grenada is known as “Isle of Spice” so this is one of many places on the island to pick up fresh spices plus arts, crafts, music, clothes and produce.

I stopped by The Coconut Beach, a French Creole restaurant, for a fruit punch at the restaurant by the dock before making my way back to the ship.

I had the water taxi to myself as he drove back toward the ship. What a gorgeous view. The houses on the hill looked spectacular. I secretly wished I could own one and escape my winter for six months here.

After a quick shower, and some lunch on the ship, I made sure my water bottled filled.for a few hours exploring in this bustling city.

I headed to Ft. George first. The climb is steep. I paid the two dollar entrance fee. This is Grenada’s oldest fort, built by the French in 1705. I enjoyed the 360-degree view of probably one the prettiest harbours in the Caribbean. Beside many cannons facing the sea, there was a building with old gym equipment. For five minutes it was a refuge when the skies opened up and it poured for about five minutes.

Our stop on the island was a Sunday which meant not many shops were open. I didn’t care about that anyway but I did want to use the internet and none were open neither. The ship’s Internet service is way too expensive and there is no guarantee of speed.

St. George’s streets are steep. So I recommend a good pair of walking shoes. Church St. is one of these steep streets. I quickly visited St. George’s Methodist Church. Build in 1820, this oldest church in the city was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ivan. Some repairs were done.

The tower of St. George’s Roman Catholic Church, build in 1818, is a visible landmark. Also damanged from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 some repair was done.

I made my way down back down toward Sendall Tunnel, built in 1895. The tunnel separates the harbour side from Espalanda. I made sure to walk right near the wall as cars are coming to and from as well.

Carenage is the main thoroughfare. Here are warehouses, ships and restaurants. I passed by the library. I would have liked to see inside as I also work in a public library. After walking around this area for a bit, I decided to head over to Ocean’s Grill for a cold beer and just soak in the beauty of this harbour, the colour buildings in the distance. I kept an eye out on the time. I don’t want to miss my ship.

Every night, when the ship sails away from a port, I’m out on deck. Leaving Grenada was no exception. I love this island. I just want to come back here time and again. Maybe I should consider staying here for one week vacation.


Street Talk

Hi there , I can only agree with you having sailed there in 2001 before the huricane did so much damage. What a great, lively and super friendly Island Grenada is and I fully endorse your recommendation to have a vacation there,

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you. It's an island I won't mind spending a few weeks here, especially during my cold winter.

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  about 7 years ago
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