About the Country
I’ve had the good fortune of spending a week in one of the most hospitable places on Earth– Grenada! Grenada is a Caribbean island between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. It’s main export is cocoa and nutmeg which supplies roughly 35-40 percent of our nation’s supply. Most of the individuals are native English speakers and their culture is a with a hybrid between Indian, African, English and a hint of Dutch, all predominately from the colonization periods. The natives are used to harvesting their own crops and hunting their own fish. The South of Grenada is very industrialized with local markets, hotel resorts and plenty of small trade businesses. The Northern part of Grenada sports a more nature filled vibe, with some of the best local beaches.
Things To Do
Grenada has great snorkeling sites on both the northern and southern tips of the main island, plus surrounding Grenada’s sister island’s of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. You can catch many snorkeling sites from local beaches like Grand Anse Beach or the Underwater Sculpture Park near Moliniere Point. The Underwater Sculpture Park is an artist’s dream, that houses the largest underwater ship wreck. You could also catch great snorkeling sites from Grenada’s sister island of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Grand Anse/Coyoba Beach Resort – This beach resort is located directly on Grand Anse Beach! The grounds are lush and green, the staff is friendly, and the reviews here are very positive.
This is the best beach for Snorkeling! It’s located very close to the airport and the water is so clear, making it perfect for swimming. There are boulders at the far end of the bay near the Aquarium Restaurant to the south, and to the north of the beach is the Grenadian by Rex Resorts.
Grenada House Of Chocolate
Let’s be real. We all love chocolate! Seeing how it’s made from the actual plant to the machines that process it and the individuals that make it all happen was phenomenal. Cocoa actually comes from trees and the the process of picking them out and putting the cocoa into factories was mindblowing! Hours of countless arduous work goes into producing a single chocolate bar. They are then packaged and sent to all over the world!
Gouyave Nutmeg Processing
Nutmeg is the national export of Grenada. EVERYTHING WITH NUTMEG TASTES BETTER! Try their Nutmeg ice-cream or milkshake– you can’t NOT have it. This processing center shows you how nutmeg is extracted from the actual plant. Nutmeg actually forms on the inside of an apple-like fruit and the fruit itself splits to have the nutmeg fall out.
The nutmeg fruit originates from the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia. Until the 1900’s, thats the only place nutmeg used to grow and thrive in. The control of the nutmeg trade became highly sought after as in Elizabethan times, it was believed nutmeg could ward off the plague, so nutmeg became very popular and its price skyrocketed. In the 17th century, the English and Dutch engaged in prolonged struggles to gain control of the Banda Islands, with the Dutch eventually succeeding and gaining dominance of the nutmeg trade. Subsequently, the Dutch waged another bloody war, including the massacre and enslavement of the inhabitants of the island of Banda, just to control nutmeg production in the East Indies in 1621. Thereafter, the Banda Islands were run as a series of plantation estates, with the Dutch mounting annual expeditions in local war-vessels to extirpate nutmeg trees planted elsewhere.
As a result of the Dutch interregnum during the Napoleonic Wars (1803 -1815), the British took temporary control of the Banda Islands from the Dutch and transplanted nutmeg trees (complete with soil) to Sri Lanka, Penang, Bencoolen and to Singapore as well as their other colonial holdings, most notably, Zanzibar and Grenada.
Nutmeg was introduced to Grenada in 1843 when a merchant ship called in on its way to England from the East Indies. The ship had a small quantity of nutmeg trees on board which they left in Grenada, and this was the beginning of Grenada’s nutmeg industry. Following a crop disaster that hit the Dutch Indonesian trade in 1850, Grenada was put firmly on the map as the “Spice Island of the Caribbean” as its production of nutmeg was put into overdrive to fill the void.
And today, Nutmeg is used to make Jelly, Rum, Pastes, Icecream, milkshakes and so much more!
There are a couple of scenic waterfalls along the Concord River. The lowest, a picturesque 100ft cascade, can be viewed by driving to the end of Concord Mountain Rd, a side road leading 1.5 miles inland from the village of Concord. These falls are on private property and the owner charges a small fee to visit them.
The restaurants here are a bit tricky. If you’re looking to dip your feet into the sand and enjoy a nice lunch or dinner here are my top 3 recommendations
Rhodes Restaurant at Calabash, Grenada
Phenomenal experience where you get to be seated right on the beach. The water and sand are impeccably clear and the breeze is just perfect. The food options are predominantly seafood and chicken dishes which are my two personal favorites. The prices are heaven for an upscale restaurant!
- Grilled Mahi Mahi with Risotto
- Sauteed Catch of the Day
- Shrimp cocktails
- Pina Colada
- Banana Nutmeg Daiquiri
Average Cost $20-25 a person
Grand Petite Anse Restaurant
This is the place to go if you to sit on an upper deck watching the waves below you. Catch the sunset while you dine here! The seating, view and food option combination is unmatched. Located in Northern Grenada, you cannot go wrong!!
- Garlic Shrimp with Alfredo
- All the Lobster Dishes
Average Cost $15/Person
My Pictures From The Trip