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Grenada comprises the big island of Grenada, along with a couple of islands around the southern fringe of the Grenadines, with Carriacou and Petit Martinique being the most important. The main city of Grenada, St George's, is around the southwest coast and is regarded as the right cruise port. There's immediate accessibility city in the cruise terminal, the very best beach is just minutes away, the shopping is great and also the oceanfront comes complete with shops and restaurants.
Grenada is frequently known as the 'Spice Island' with much more spices or herbs per square mile than elsewhere on the planet. Outdoor market entices visitors with the sweet fragrances of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger root and vanilla.
 A trip to Grand Anse Beach is important because it is among the world's best beach, stretching across several miles. Other useful encounters range from the Botanical Gardens, an excellent West Indian open-air market, the Royal Drive-thru lush eco-friendly hillsides to spice country. While buying spices keep in mind, essence is a lot less expensive than extract and it has other elements aside from the pure spice. So browse the labels before you purchase.
Grenada Grenada Cruise Port Location
Most ships pier in the cruise terminal (in regards to a 5 minute enter town) although some will still moor and tender in to the tender wharf right downtown.
The least expensive method of getting around Granada may be the public small bus. You will find also taxis and car rentals available everywhere. Water taxis travel between St George and Grand Anse beach, and also the Osprey ferry leaves from St George, and visits Grenadas sister Islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique.
 People disembarking in the Melville Street Cruise Terminal exit directly with the recently opened up Esplanade Retail Center and to downtown St. George's, while people disembarking in the Inner harbor, exit to the gorgeous looking Carenage waterfront, using its traditional architecture, shops and restaurants.
Things To See and Do
Grenada's capital, St. George's, is called probably the most striking city within the Caribbean. Its horseshoe-formed harbor is encircled with a pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and also the red-colored-tiled roofs of traditional shops and houses. Wealthy in British, French and West Indian history, St. George's is stuffed with beautiful well-maintained good examples of French and British Colonial architecture.
Using its lush and mountainous interior, Grenada, "The Spice from the Caribbean", has been continuously explored by avid nature buffs. It offers a range of outdoor activities including walking, mountain motorcycling, bird watching and waterfall viewing. Leisure sports fanatics will discover the area offers a good amount of activities and facilities to ensure that they're entertained. As well as for individuals searching to see the real essence and character of Grenada, sightseeing and historic sites abound in addition to unique shops and outstanding cuisine.
Grenada Discovery Train: The trolley commences at the Cruiseship Terminal just outdoors the Esplanade Mall leaving every hour beginning at 9am, using the last train at 3pm. The city is hilly.  Cabs are for sale to about $4.
Once you have showed up, travelling around is equally as easy, with a number of rental car companies, taxis and buses. Within the capital, you will find even water taxis who will feryy you to Carenage for $4, towards the Esplanade or even while far as Grand Anse Beach $10. Lots of people take part in spice factory tours through either the ship or by own plans.
Nearby Places
If you want to hike, then this can be a treat. Concord isn't one, but three waterfalls.
St. George's
One of the prettiest port towns in the Caribbean, the capital city of St. George's curves along a horseshoe-shaped harbor backed by volcanic hills. This colorful capital is popular with yachters who dock in the busy harbor of Carenage. Brick and stone buildings with red tiled roofs line the streets where locals sell spices and crafts. One of the main attractions in the city is Fort George, built by the French in the early 18th century, and Fort Frederick offers beautiful views of St. George's. Housed in a 1704 French barracks and former prison, the Grenada National Museum displays a hodgepodge of historical items including Carib and Arawak artifacts and exhibits on the sugar and whaling industries. St. George's Market Square is home to the popular Saturday morning market as well as local events. Among the town's other attractions are the Sendall Tunnel, built in 1895, which joins the Carenage to the Esplanade, and the Bay Gardens with more than 3,000 species of Caribbean plants.
Grand Anse Beach
Fringed by sea grapes and coconut palms, Grand Anse is Grenada's most famous beach and one of its most beautiful. Cruise ship visitors flock to this three-kilometer arc of golden sand and gentle surf, and many boutique resorts and restaurants lie along its shores. Water hues range from clear turquoise in the shallows to deep cobalt blue, and the calm waters are perfect for swimming. Midway along the beach, visitors will find the Grande Anse Craft and Spice Market while independent vendors patrol the sands hawking trinkets and souvenirs.
Fort Frederick
At the end of winding hairpin turns atop Richmond Hill, Fort Frederick offers stunning views of St. George's, residential areas, and the sea. Visitors will enjoy the fort's interesting history. The French began construction of Fort Frederick in 1779 and the British then completed it in 1791. It is nicknamed the "backwards facing fort" because its cannons face inland instead of out to sea thanks to the French who feared a surprise land attack after they used this successful strategy with the British. In 1850, the fort was abandoned completely until it was later occupied by the Grenadian military.
Fort George
Built in 1705 by the French, Fort George lies on the promontory to the west of the harbor and is Grenada's oldest fort. It was built to protect the harbor, but the police force uses many of the buildings today. Much of the fort is still intact and open to visitors, although the main draw is the spectacular 360-degree view across the town's red-tiled roofs and church spires to the harbor and sea beyond.
The inner harbor and anchorage, known as the Carenage, is a lovely place to wander along the waterfront, browse the shops, and watch the dockside activities. Wooden schooners are loaded and unloaded here and visitors can chat with the locals or relax at one of the restaurants selling fresh seafood and snacks. Wharf Road runs along the harbor offering great views of the area. Look for the bronze Christ of the Deep statue donated by the owners of a luxury liner in gratitude for local rescue efforts after the ship exploded off Grand Anse.
Morne Rouge Bay
One bay south of Grand Anse, near the southern tip of Grenada, Morne Rouge Bay is usually a quieter alternative to Grand Anse Beach. Calm jade-green seas slosh upon this one-and-a-half kilometer crescent of white sand making this a safe beach for swimming. Resort restaurants along the beach offer snacks, and the lush foliage fringing the beach provides plenty of shady areas to sit and relax.
Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve
 Home to a rich diversity of plants and animals, Grand Etang National Park, in the interior of the island, offers some beautiful rainforest scenery and rewarding hikes. One of the focal points of the park is the beautiful crater-formed Grand Etang Lake. From the Grand Etang visitor center, several trails lead through the park, ranging from the 30-minute self-guided Morne LaBaye Trail with many specimens of native plants to the more challenging Concord Falls Trail, which passes a trio of cascades with swimming areas. Other popular hikes include the Shoreline Trail around the Grand Etang Lake, the Seven Sisters Falls hike, and the Mount Qua Qua Trail, a three-hour uphill trek with views over the forest. Along the trails visitors can spot many species of birds, orchids, and towering rainforest trees.
Levera National Park
On the northeastern shore of the island, Levera National Park offers some dramatic scenery where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic. Backed by cliff walls, coral-sand Bathways Beach boasts views of Sugar Loaf (Levera Island) and other islands in the distance while a natural offshore reef affords good protection for swimming. Also of interest in the park is Levera Pond, a water-filled, ancient volcanic crater, and a Bird-Watch Bridge which extends into a mangrove area. A visitor center lies at the entrance to the park. Admission is free
Annandale Falls
In the mountains north of St. George's, Annandale Falls is a 10-meter waterfall plunging to a pool tucked in tropical foliage. The short trail to the falls begins at the Annandale Falls Centre. Visitors can swim at the base of the cascades and watch local divers leaping into the water from the top. Change rooms are also available here. Be prepared for locals hawking souvenirs.
Underwater Sculpture Park
On the west coast of Grenada, a short drive north of St. George's at Moliniere Bay, the Underwater Sculpture Park is a unique submerged gallery that also serves as an artificial reef in a Marine Protected Area. Created by artist Jason de Caires Taylor, the sculptures range from Amerindian petroglyphs to life size figures cast from local children. Divers, snorkelers, and glass bottom boat passengers can admire this underwater exhibition, although the best views are face to face with these sculptures below sea level.
Dougaldston Spice Estate
One of Grenada's oldest and largest nutmeg plantations, Dougaldston Spice Estate is a rustic operation where local workers demonstrate how the island's spices are grown and processed. Visitors can also buy bags of nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves. Near the Dougaldston Spice Estate is the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station, the largest facility on the island, where workers sort and pack nutmeg and share interesting facts about Grenada's famous spice. Tours are open to the public. Address: Gouyave, St. John12
La Sagesse Nature Centre
La Sagesse Nature Centre, located on the Atlantic side of the island, is on the former estate of Lord Brownlow, Queen Elizabeth's cousin. His beachside residence has been renovated and turned into a romantic inn fronting a golden sand beach with great swimming in the protected bay. Nature trails in the area lead up through the windswept hills and provide pretty views over the ocean. The area is also great for birding. Many avian species make their home in the area's scrub forests, mangroves, and salt ponds. Address: La Sagesse Bay -- Official site: http://www.lasagesse.com/
Known as the "Land of Reefs", the island of Carriacou (carry-a-cou), northeast of Grenada, offers visitors a pleasing taste of the old Caribbean. Both white and black sand beaches fringe the coast, and coral reefs lie offshore with great opportunities for diving and snorkeling. Nearby Sandy Island, in a Marine Protected Area, is also excellent for snorkeling. The island has a number of small villages but the main population center is Hillsborough. The Carriacou Museum here displays Carib, European, and African artifacts, and the island offers several hiking trails. Visitors can access Carriacou via high-speed ferry from St. George's Carenage or flights from Grenada's Point Saline International Airport.
Petite Martinique
Five kilometers northeast of Carriacou, Petite Martinique is even quieter than its neighbor and equally beautiful. Fishing is the mainstay of this tiny island, and visitors can watch the locals haul in their catch or stroll along the beaches and chat with boat builders as they work. This is truly an island getaway with few tourist facilities except a couple of guesthouses and family-run restaurants, but visitors will find plenty of local color. Many yachters stop here to dine at one of the island's excellent restaurants. From Carriacou, visitors can catch a ferry across to the island. Official site: http://www.petitemartinique.com/
Best Beach for a Half-Day Visit: Morne Rouge Beach is just a few miles south of St. George's; its clear, calm waters are perfect for an afternoon of swimming and snorkeling. There are also a few restaurants nearby where you can grab lunch.
Best Beach for Active Types: Grand Anse Beach is Grenada's most famous stretch of soft, white sand. Located just south of St. George's, this stunning two-mile beach has attracted many of the island's hotels and resorts. Dive operators offer a wide array of water sports and dive/snorkeling tours, and you'll find a number of good hotel restaurants and bars within walking distance of the beach.
Best Secluded Beach: La Sagesse Beach, about 25 minutes from downtown St. George's, is peaceful with a beautiful stretch of sand and hiking trails that lead across headlands to adjacent snorkeling beaches. At one end of La Sagesse beach is a salt pond that's fringed with mangroves, a perfect spot for bird-watching. Eat lunch there at La Sagesse Nature Centre, a historic hotel that has added a restaurant.
Eating Out
The Aquarium Restaurant (473-444-1410, Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m.) is located on the beach at Point Salines, just off the airport road (20 minutes from St. George's) and serves up some of the island's best seafood and international cuisine. If you're in port on Sunday, check out the fabulous lobster beach barbecue.
Looking for something authentic? Call "Boots" and his wife, Ruby McSween, and see if they are serving lunch (473-444-2151, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The couple makes Grenadian specialties like callaloo soup, lambi (conch) steak and fresh roti (the Caribbean equivalent of a burrito -- essentially curried beef, seafood or chicken baked inside a pastry).
For great harbor views, try the Nutmeg Restaurant (Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m., 473-440-2539) at the Carenage. This casual waterfront joint offers Grenadian cuisine, as well as continental dishes with specialties like callaloo soup and curried conch. We especially love the nutmeg ice cream.
As its name suggests, Water's Edge (473-443-2822, daily, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) offers gorgeous views over St. David's Harbor on Grenada's east coast. Dine on locally caught lobster and fish, accompanied by fresh produce grown on the island.
There is plenty of duty free shopping to be had on Grenada, though far fewer than major cruise ports like the Bahamas and St. Thomas, USVI. Visitors will typically find products are 20 to 40 percent cheaper on Grenada than back home.
Everybody who visits Grenada goes home with a basket of spices, better than any you're likely to find in your local supermarket. Vendors will besiege you wherever you go. Their hand-woven panniers of palm leaf or straw are full of items grown on the island, including the inevitable nutmeg, as well as mace, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, vanilla, and ginger.
When shopping on Grenada, go in with a plan of action. There are two shopping malls on the island, one in Grand Anse, and the other in Saint George's. There are a number of vendor markets in both towns, but souvenir shops and art galleries line the streets of St. George's in particular.
Espalande Mall is one of Grenada's two main shopping malls. There are over 50 stores here, many of which offer duty free shopping. Jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, perfumeries, and craft shops are all a part of the complex.
At the foot of Young Street in St. George's is Market Square, a popular open air market that sells an array of products. This is a great place to pick up your ubiquitous basket or spices, or crafts made by local artisans. The market is open Monday through Saturday, with Saturday being its busiest day of the week, especially before noon.
The Spiceland Mall and Grande Anse Vendors Market, both located on Grande Anse Beach, feature space for local vendors to sell their wares and produce. Spiceland Mall has 19 shops, while the Vendor Market has space for 80 booths.
If you like to attend Caribbean markets as much as we do, head for Market Square, at the foot of Young Street in St. George's. The market is at its liveliest on Saturday morning but is also open Monday to Friday. It's best to go between 8am and noon. An array of handicrafts is for sale, but fresh spices are more plentiful.
For something really special, visit Arawak Islands Ltd., Upper Belmont Road, in St. George's (tel. 473/444-3577; www.arawak-islands.com), founded in 1986 by Angelia Clements, a German woman. From the raw materials of Grenada, especially nutmeg and cinnamon, she manufactures delectable tropical perfumes and toiletries. The company is committed to natural products and minimal processing, and sells some items purchased from island companies and packaged here at the workshop.
If it's upscale, breezy, and insouciant resort wear you're looking to acquire, consider the twin retail outlets Gatsby Male and Gatsby Female (tel. 473/444-4258), both of which lie a few steps from one another within the forecourt arcade of the previously recommended Spice Island Inn, on Grand Anse Beach. Inventories here include resort wear and bathing suits by Gottex, La Perla, and Paul & Shark.
Two crafts markets, which can be either bountiful sources of island crafts or sweaty, dusty repositories of things you'll eventually discard, include the Spiceland Mall, a 19-shop emporium on Grand Anse Beach, and the Grand Anse Vendor Market (tel. 473/439-6450), also on Grand Anse Beach, wherein 80 vendors of spices, woodcarvings, batiks, and T-shirts are assembled into one intensely mercantile place.
Tikal, Young Street, St. George's (tel. 473/440-2310), is the best place to shop for regional art. Its matriarch and founder is grande dame Jeanne Fisher, an American expat who founded this shop in 1959. About 85% of the paintings on display are by Grenadians, some of them untutored, others the product of formal training. There's also a variety of arts and crafts from Mexico and Latin America.
The merchandise at Art Fabrik, Young Street, St. George's (tel. 473/440-0568), is quirky and eccentric and, in most cases, very appealing -- quite simply, the finest and most comprehensive collection of island-made batiks in Grenada. Garments made from this ancient Indonesian dyeing technique tend to be airy, breathable, and appropriate for resort wear. There's an array of dresses and shirts for men and women, as well as table linens whose random patterns evoke the airy spontaneity of the islands.
Specialty Shops
One of the more popular speciality shops in the area is Aquanauts Grenada. This store is situated in Bamboo, in southwestern Grenada. Aquanauts is open every day of the year including all the major holidays. They offer two morning dives and one afternoon dive, with courses available upon request. If you want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (473) 444-1126.
A second option is Scubatech Dive Center, which is found 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) to the east of Aquanauts Grenada. Focusing on small groups for more individualized services, Scubatech is known for its friendly staff and high quality of training and equipment. What guests rave about consistently is the existence of a private jetty from which the dive boat leaves, negating the need to travel a great distance carrying heavy equipment. If you'd like to call before you go, you can do so at (473) 439-4346.
Shabbazz Jewellery: Shabbazz Jewellery is more than a shop where jewelry is sold, its a place where jewelry is made. Each piece on display is created entirely in house from start to finish, making this spot in St. George one of the most unique places to buy a souvenir. If you are looking for something specific and want to call ahead of time, do so at (473) 440-6402.
Clothing and Apparel
Enjoy looking for interesting clothing? You might want to visit Art Fabrik Batik Boutique & Production Studio -- it's located in downtown St. George. Whether you're in the market for a new piece of clothing or not, a trip to Art Fabrik Batik Boutique & Production Studio is well worth the journey. Since 1986, this Grenadian boutique has been employing graduates from the School for the Deaf to create their luxurious batik offerings, as well as a beautiful collection of jewelry and other accessories. Guests can find them on Young Street.
Another good option is Baobab Company -- which is found from Art Fabrik Batik Boutique & Production Studio. Tropical style clothing and accessories are available here for tourists in need of gifts and souvenirs that are a bit more substantial than the typical key chains and coffee mugs when they want to bring home "the heart of the island." Try calling them at (473) 435-1923.

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