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Things to do in Grenada

Travel & news discussion about the "spice island"

Things to do in Grenada

Postby KarenS » Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:34 am

TravelVideo.TV news has a great article regarding a few things to do while visiting Grenada. They report: Kayaking: Spice Kayaking offers Grenada's newest and most exciting attraction. Anyone looking for some interaction with nature during their holiday will enjoy Spice Kayaking's tours to some of Grenada's most scenic and untouched spots, including secluded harbours, bays, mangroves, and rivers. For more information please contact Spice Kayaking & Eco-tours via e-mail spicekayaking@caribsurf.com

River Tubing: Imagine gliding down the Balthazar River on nothing but an inner tube, feeling the water splash your body as you navigate your way through the brisk rapids and into a tranquil pool where you can take a break from the adventure and socialize with the knowledgeable staff that run the river tubing attraction. A recent tourist was very excited following his experience braving the rapids, "This was Eco-tourism at its finest – great fun, very entertaining, even thrilling, with virtually no impact on the environment." For more information, please visit www.adventuregrenada.com or call 473-444-5337.

Turtle Nesting: Every year leatherback turtles make a grueling journey from their feeding grounds in North America to the tropical climate of the Caribbean to lay their eggs. These ancient reptiles have been around for over 165 million years and have managed to outlive even the dinosaurs. Levera Beach in Grenada is one of only three sites in the Caribbean that annually plays host to more than 150 nesting females who bury their eggs in the sand in order to incubate them and to protect them from predators. Ocean Spirits, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the leatherback sea turtle, provides guided tours of the turtles’ nesting sites. For more information, please visit www.oceanspirits.org

Scuba Diving: Another exciting activity that you can enjoy while in Grenada or its sister island Carriacou. Grenada and Carriacou offer everything a scuba enthusiast can ask for: good visibility, large fish and untouched corals rich with aquatic wildlife. The island of Carriacou is literally surrounded by coral reefs; in fact, the island takes its name from an old Arawak Indian word meaning 'island of reefs'. There are a total of 28 dive sites located off the coasts of Carriacou and Grenada. The corals surrounding these beautiful islands hold many treasures waiting to be discovered. For more information, please visit www.aquanautgrenada.com or call 473-444-1126. You can also visit www.scubamax.com or call 473-443-7882.

Bianca C: The largest wreck site in the Caribbean, the Bianca C is a 600-foot cruise ship that sank in 1961 and lies on a sandy plain in 167 feet of water. At times there are strong tidal currents, making this an advanced deep dive (with a checkout dive required). The top deck lies at 90 feet and most dives proceed around the stern, where you can swim into the pool, visit the wheelhouse on the aft deck and peer down at the sandy plain below. There are schools of jacks, barracuda and spotted eagle rays in abundance.

Aquanaut's flagship 'Calypso' is back on Grand Anse Beach: Aquanauts flagship dive boat, "The Calypso", is back in service following extensive renovations. The upgrades include a complete refurbishing of the deck, the addition of a fly bridge for better captain’s overview and a newly installed camera table. “The Calypso” will serve as the main transportation boat for Aquanauts' scuba divers. The Calypso's unique feature of an open bow makes access from the beach very easy and provides ample space for divers and snorkelers. Together with the reliable service of Aquanauts’ other two custom-built dive boats, "Salsa" and "Soca", having the "Calypso" back gives Aquanauts the ability to serve a larger number of experience levels. For information visit www.aquanautsgrenada.com or e-mail aquanauts@spiceisle.com


PLANTATION HOUSES

Grenada is an island steeped in history and culture that comes alive with a visit to the island's beautiful plantation houses. For the 2006 season a journey back in time can be experienced from visiting:

Morne Fendue: Located in the parish of St. Patrick, on the northern side of Grenada, the charming Morne Fendue Plantation has recently added 13 new guest rooms. Each guest room has an extensive balcony that overlooks scenic St. Catherine's Mountain, the sea and offers excellent sunset views. New guest rooms range from $40 - 60 (US) per night. Morne Fendue Plantation is known for its outstanding West Indian Buffet served daily, except Sundays. For more information contact: Morne Fendue Plantation call

Contacts: (473) 442-9330 or e-mail: caribbean@caribsurf.com

Belmont Estate: The family owned Belmont estate has existed in the parish of St. Patrick for over three centuries. Recently restored guests can now take a glimpse of the fascinating Grenadian plantation life. The plantation sits on 400 acres of lush rolling tropical hills. The estate, which has been in continuous operation for centuries, still produces nutmeg and cocoa. Cocoa is still produced the traditional way, making for a world class export.

Guests can explore the cocoa fields that produce world-class beans for export, and learn the story of chocolate in Grenada. They can also indulge in a fresh cup of hot cocoa and learn to dance the cocoa (a traditional way of polishing the beans). Guests can stroll through the estate's museum and enjoy lunch comprising the delights of Creole foods and fresh natural fruits and juices from the plantation. After lunch guests can venture through the remains of an 18th century sugar cane garden or take a donkey cart ride around the property.

Contacts: (473) 442-9524 or visit www.belmontestate.net or e-mail: belmontestate@caribsurf.com

"Dancing the Cocoa" at the Belmont Estate

CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL

Located in the picturesque capital city of St. George's, this modern facility accommodates up to two 980-foot mega cruise ships. There is an additional 328-foot (100m) catwalk with dolphins.

The shore side amenities include parking spaces for tour buses; a visitors’ welcome complex and a spice and craft market. The terminal’s duty-free shopping compound opened in December of 2005 and is abuzz with activity when the ships are in port.

Customs, Immigration, Port Security and Tourist Information services are all available within the Visitors' Welcome Centre.

GARDENS

Balthazar Estate and Botanic Gardens: Once an active producer of nutmeg, bananas and cocoa, Balthazar Estate has changed its focus recently to become Grenada's foremost producer of exotic tropical flowers and herbs. This 396-acre estate features some of Grenada's most beautiful gardens and always welcomes visitors. Balthazar helps represent Grenada each year at the "Annual Chelsea Flower Show" in London, where the island has achieved the distinction of being awarded gold medals for five consecutive years. For more information please contact Mr. Denis Noel at 473-442-7514.

Bay Gardens: Come see this 4-hectare large tropical paradise, laid out jungle style, featuring tropical plants from all over the world. The Bay Gardens welcomes visitors and offers guided tours at the very affordable price of roughly $2.50 CDN. For more information please contact 473-435-4544.

St. Rose Nursery: Featuring the Caribbean's largest selections of plants, including many rare and unusual varieties. St. Rose Nursery welcomes visitors Monday through Friday from 8 am-4 pm at a cost of roughly $7 CDN. For more information please contact Mr. John Criswick at 473 440 5870.

HOTELS

Latest Hotel Upgrades: After the devastating effects of Hurricane Ivan, most hotels and resorts were forced to rebuild from scratch. Grenadian hoteliers saw this as an opportunity to improve their properties and adopted the motto of "Build Back Better." This explains why many of Grenada's top resorts have waited over a year to reopen, they are taking their time and striving to make their new facilities as hurricane-proof as possible in the unlikely event of another tropical storm. Nearly all of Grenada's hotels and resorts are back in business and the remainder will be coming back by summer 2006.

SHOPPING NEWS

Shopping: A new shopping mall located at the South City Plaza hotel has recently opened its doors to the public. The mall features 25 shops, 23 of which are duty-free. A wide variety of stores are located in the mall offering products such as fragrances, cosmetics, local arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, shoes and much more.


NEWEST RESTAURANTS

Turning Point is located within Jenny's Place (resort), which is owned by Grenada's one and only former Miss World, Jennifer Hosten. She and her husband, Shaun Sarsfield, opened their small, newly renovated tourist facility on beautiful Grand Anse Beach in August of 2005, just in time for tourist season. The Turning Point offers a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and is located outdoors right on Grand Anse Beach. Jennifer and her husband Shaun lived in Canada in the late 70's and early 80's before returning to Grenada to open Jenny's Place. For more information please contact the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Office at 473-444-1353 or visit www.grenadahotelsinfo.com

Bananas Restaurant & Sports Bar is located in the True Blue village and its menu features local and international cuisine and a comprehensive wine list. Bananas opened its doors in June of 2004 and was instantly popular with locals and visitors alike. Bananas also features a nightclub that is open on Thursdays through Saturdays and features a different theme every night. For more information please contact the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Office at 473-444-1353 or visit www.grenadahotelsinfo.com

The Owl Sports Bar features a fabulous location at the end of Grand Anse Beach in Morne Rouge. The friendly staff is on hand from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. to cater to all needs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the beachside dining area that features a bird’s eye view of Grand Anse Beach, St. George's Harbour and the mountains beyond. If dining outdoors doesn't pique your interest, the bar area offers a free pool table and 50% off all drinks during the two daily happy hours (yes, that's right, two daily happy hours) from 4-7 p.m. and 11p.m.-Midnight. Another notable feature of The Owl is Thursday Karaoke nights where you can wow the crowd with your stunning vocal chords, or just sit back and watch others belt out their favorite tunes.

For more information please contact the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Office at 473-444-1353 or visit www.grenadahotelsinfo.com"
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Good article!!

Postby Luckycat » Wed Jul 05, 2006 2:34 pm

Thanks for adding the article to the forum. I thought that Grenada offered more things than just nice beaches and I'm glad to have learnt about the plantations,turtle nesting and so on.
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Postby KarenS » Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:58 am

If you visit Grenada please report back on your favorite places!
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