Exploring Grenada: The Spice Island

In a quiet pocket of the Caribbean lies an island with one of the clearest waters, friendliest people, and most celebrated fried fish. But Grenada’s appeal lies far beyond its glorious waterfalls, rainforests, and 45-white sand beaches. The “Isle of Spice” (due of the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which it is one of the world’s largest exporters) is home to an eclectic array of scents and savoury treats, and no matter how ofter you visit, you will always find new foods to try.

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In a quiet pocket of the Caribbean lies an island with one of the clearest waters, friendliest people, and most celebrated fried fish. But Grenada’s appeal lies far beyond its glorious waterfalls, rainforests, and 45-white sand beaches. The “Isle of Spice” (due of the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which it is one of the world’s largest exporters) is home to an eclectic array of scents and savoury treats, and no matter how ofter you visit, you will always find new foods to try.

Here, you will find one of the region’s most remarkable beaches, Grand Anse, in addition to fragrant spice plantations that are sure to please!

A Frenchy Time

In 1649, Jacques du Parquet spearheaded a French expedition into this area, resulting in an imperialistic conflict with the island natives that continued until 1654 when the French seized complete control. Grenada was formally ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and became officially independent in 1974.

The Beauty of Grenada

Along with lush scenery and natural sites that are nothing short of breathtaking, its low-key atmosphere gives the tropical experience without the sense of feeling overcrowded or bombarded with tourists traps. Grenada is understandably one of the best-kept secrets amongst travelers, with its cinematic landscape and fantastical design, the beauty and energy of the island are sacred to its explorers and cherished by all who experience it.

If the Caribbean is a tropical paradise, then Grenada is the most ethereal of the islands, as you will feel like you are walking in one of the universe0s most beautiful works of art.

What To Do, Eat, Shop

What To Do: I started by visiting the Fort George. This structure has changed its name 4 times. It started as Fort Royal (1666 French), then became Fort George (1784-85 English) and Fort Rupert (Grenadian Revolution), then back to Fort George shortly thereafter. Here, you can soak in even more stunning views overlooking Grenada’s harbor entrance.

Then, we moved to the Grand Etang National Park, which offer miles of trails and scenery. Hike the Lake Circle Trail that offers panoramic views of the lush green forest and the pristine waters of the extinct volcano’s crater lake.

Don’t forget to explore the spice gardens and plantations as they are a must-do in Grenada. Inhale the scent of cinnamon, cocoa and cloves at historic Dougaldston Spice Estate or visit Gouyave Nutmeg Station for its “Black Gold”.

Stop at the Annandale Falls which are very famous picturesque and lush grotto, this waterfall cascades down 30 feet into a pool of water that’s deep enough for a dip.

Then we ended our day at Grand Anse, the tourist town with many resorts, restaurants and a thriving nightlife as well as the famed beach that is an idyllic crescent of sand shaded by coconut palms with a gentle turquoise surf. If you are good for a walk (a very long walk) then go to Morne Rouge, which is situated at the very end of Grand Anse, this beach is one of the best! The water is so clear, you’ll be able to see down to your toes! (all the shooting about Grand Anse & Morne Rouge in the nexts posts! Stay Tuned!)

What To Eat: Grenada is rife with local culinary treasures at every turn. For a taste of some traditional flavor, consider sampling Grenada’s national dish knows as the “oil down”. This features a hearty fusion of meat and vegetables simmered in local spices and coconut milk. Most restaurants here prepare entrees with locally grown fresh produce and spices, so you are sure to get a taste for the island country’s flavor. For a zesty starter dish, order some pumpkin or callaloo soup. For lunch, try a “roti”, curried chicken or vegetable wrapped pastry that is baked and similar to a turnover.
For a taste of the sea, order some fresh conch “lambi” or lobster if it’s in season from September through April.

What To Shop: If you don’t bring back spices, you have missed out. In addition to spices, consider purchasing locally grown vanilla beans, chocolate bars, or Grenada’s world-renowned rum. Another gem is nut-med, a medicinal nutmeg ointment that relieves aches and pains, similar to tiger balm. In order to transport your Grenada spices back to your country, they must be in a sealed container, so it’s preferable you only open it once at home. Stores are generally open from 8 AM to 4 PM weekdays, and 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturday.

I hope this little Essential Guide gave you a good overview about Grenada. Did you know about Grenada? Have you been there? What did you think about it? If you know the Island please feel free to provide any recommendation you feel will help our readers, or just leave a comment to tell us what you think 🙂 I will be super glad to read and reply!

Wish you all the best! See you soon!

Xoxo, Melanie

Credits
Author: Melanie Martins
Photography: Diogo Novo

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206 comments

  1. #GRENADA my home, can’t leave the isl of #Spice with out some so plz remember to I know it will be an experience you will remember for a life time try to get to the #underwater sculpture its amazing and I know this wont be your last visit to paradise

    1. Hello my dear Eberna, Thank you so much for your kind words! I will for sure come back with more time to explore deeper this wonderful Island 🙂 And I will of course let you know! In my next post I will be sharing the wonderful shooting we did in Grand Anse and Morne Rouge! Stay Tuned! 😉

    1. Hello Brian 🙂 I’m super glad you enjoyed the post. Grenada is really wonderful! I’m completely in love with this island! Specially their beaches! In my next post I will share an amazing shooting I did in Grand Anse and Morne Rouge 😉 Stay Tuned!

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