I’ve been to Grenada on vacation twice. I’m very fond of the place and the people. The first trip was 6 or 7 years ago (before the hurricane that hit the island) and once more recently (two years ago now).
The two trips were quite a contrast. The first was very relaxing; we stayed at a small resort close to St. George’s, and pretty much stayed put. Travel on the island consisted of walking to various restaurants and markets in the neighborhood and to the local beach, the “Grand Anse”. We caught the local mini-buses into town from time to time, but we were quite close, only a few minutes ride to the center.
The second trip was much more active. We stayed well out of St. George’s, near Gouyave ("Goo-'av"), in a Grenadian-owned bed and breakfast. Really got to know the people better on this trip and actually toured the whole island. If your interested, Gouyave has a food fair held regularly (ask about), with local chefs cooking mostly seafood from tents set up in the streets, with live bands... really enjoyable. You could hire a car up from St. Georges or take the bus, if I don’t spook you on that...
One aspect to the second trip that wasn’t so great was our reliance on the local (very small) buses. These seem amusing at first but wear on you after awhile. The roads are incredibly winding and narrow, following the coast on cliffs above the sea and the buses are often crowded, sometimes with loud music blaring. The Grenadians are patient (what choice do they have?), but this type of commuting takes a toll.
On this trip we also hired a driver for a day, which in Grenada is not so expensive, who drove us around the whole island This is easily done in one day, as the island is only 21 X 12 miles, roughly, but don’t be fooled: the roads are winding, as I said. This car tour was one of the highlights of the trip. At one point, without warning, the driver took us speeding down the now defunct runway of the Cuban-built airport, I think it was near Grenville, which played a big part of the US invasion back in the Reagan years. Ask the Grenadians about this moment in history and you get quite a range of responses!
Another highlight was having a guide to walk us up to waterfalls up in the interior. The whole island is a garden. On our hike our guide brought along plastic shopping bags to pick fruit & veggies as we went, for his own use later. He had two bags full on our return!
Hope you have a great trip to the “Isle of Spice”!
Leaving from Wisconsin, we flew AA
on the first trip, and with AC
nonstop from YYZ
on the second.
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