Friday, February 23, 2018

Spice It Up In Grenada

Grenada has one of the prettiest harbors in the Caribbean   
What sets Grenada apart from its island neighbors is the 
fragrant smell of spice permeating through the tradewind breezes.  

Grenada's fertile volcanic soil makes this island 
the world's top producer of nutmeg, 
and the country's flag bears a small nutmeg clove. 

A tribute to islands most popular spice is even 
celebrated below the Caribbean Sea. 
The 11 foot Nutmeg Princess was added to Grenada's Underwater Sculpture Park 
at Molinere Bay in 1995.  The Nutmeg Princess is a popular children's 
book by renowned Grenadian Author Richardo Keens-Douglas.  Photo Credit: Orlando A. K. Romain  

A must do activity is visiting one of the production facilities and stocking up on authentic fresh island spices such as Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Allspice, Turmeric, and Bay Leaf. And you can also purchase high quality Saffron, which is one of the most expensive spices in the world. 

The nutmeg shelling process has not changed in over 50 years, and it is all done by hand. After visiting you will have a greater appreciation for the intensive labor it takes to bring spice to our tables. 

The nutmeg tree produces two spices - Nutmeg and Mace. 
Mace is the red waxy red bands which surround the Nutmeg seed. 

The island vibe is reminiscent of life in the Caribbean before mass tourism. 

Driving around the winding roads will take you through nutmeg trees, banana groves, cocoa trees, mangroves, and hot springs. The island has a vast rain forest located in the center. The local villages are filled with colorful houses surrounded by spice gardens, and tropical flowers in every hue of the rainbow. 

Grenada is also famous for its Cocoa Trees which produce excellent chocolate. 

In May the islands celebrated their annual Chocolate Fest where you can discover the aromas, flavors, scents and benefits of luxurious pure cocoa butter and chocolate. 

(ˆ◡ˆ) No trip to the Caribbean is complete without rum! 

However this rum is so potent it's not allowed on airplanes as it is considered a combustible liquid!

If you have ever wondered how rum was made back in the 18th century, then head to River Antoine. They still use traditional centuries old methods, and a good travel tip is having a meal before drinking the 150 proof rum

Island Hopping - The State of Grenada consists of (3) Caribbean islands- Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. 

Hop on the ferry to the sister islands of Carriacou, just 45 minutes away, and Petite Martinique - a 20 minute trip. 

Known as the “Land of Reefs”, Carriacou is the largest and most populated of the group of islands known as the Grenadines. The extensive coral reefs surrounding the 13 square mile island will definitely appeal to beach bums, snorkelers and divers. 

A great day trip! Petite Martinique is the place you go to escape mainstream tourism. There are no mega resorts, or even regular sized resorts. 

And there's even more Island Hopping
Take the water taxi to Sandy Island, a pristine deserted island off the shores of Carriacou. You can walk around the entire island in just a few minutes. Take note there is very little shade on this tiny strip of sand. 

Another recommended day trip is White Island which can be accessed by water taxi at Tyrrel Bay.

After reading this post I hope you decide to put the Spice Island of Grenada on your Bucket List of places to visit in the Caribbean. Who knows, you might just fall in love with this fragrant tropical paradise.

Happy Travels,