General Information

Geography

Grenada is a three island state: Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique. Grenada is the largest of the three, with a width of twelve miles (18 km) and a length of twenty-one miles (34 km). The total area is 133 square miles.  The highest point is Mount  Saint Catherine, at 2,757 feet. Carriacou is much less mountainous than Grenada, with an area of 13 square miles and wonderful sandy beaches.


Location

The three islands of Grenada are located in the Eastern Caribbean at the southern extremity of the Windward Islands, only 100 miles North of Venezuela. To the North lie St. Vincent and the Grenadines; to the South Trinidad and Tobago.


Population

Grenada's population numbers about 93,000, comprising citizens of African, East Indian, and European descent. The largest portion of the population, about 75%, is of African descent.

0-14 years: 33.9% (male 15,329/female 14,997)

15-64 years: 62.7% (male 29,711/female 26,436)

65 years and over: 3.4% (male 1,431/female 1,598) (2005 est.)


Climate


Average temperatures range from 24C/ 75F to 30C/ 87F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Because of Grenada's remarkable topography, the island also experiences climate changes according to altitude. The driest season is between January and May. Even during the rainy season, from June to December, it rarely rains for more than an hour at a time and generally not every day.


Government

The tri-island state remains within the British Commonwealth as an independent nation and the Governor General represents Her Majesty the Queen. There is a 13-member Senate and a House of Representatives with a Speaker and fifteen members, each representing a constituency.


Currency

The East Caribbean dollar is the currency used locally. It is linked to the US dollar.

At the banks you will get EC$2.67 for US$l cash and EC$2.68 for US$l travelers cheques. Shops will give EC$2.60. The Euro can be changed at the local banks, as well as the British Pound. However, the exchange rate varies as the EC$ is not fixed to it. All the banks post the present exchange rate. ATM's are available at most of the local banks as well, so it is possible to withdraw money directly. The major credit and Debit cards are all accepted.


Economy

Grenada relies on tourism as its main source of foreign exchange, especially since the construction of an international airport in 1985. Agriculture is the nation s next most important industry. Grenada is frequently called the Spice Island, as some of its exports include cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, cocoa, and of course, the nutmeg. The economy has shifted towards tourism recently, and there are a number of small resorts located throughout the island.



The Grenada Flag

A rectangle divided diagonally into yellow triangles (top and bottom) and green triangles (hoist side and outer side), with a red border around the flag; there are seven yellow, five-pointed stars with three centered in the top red border, three centered in the bottom red border, and one on a red disk superimposed at the center of the flag. There is also a symbolic nutmeg pod on the hoist-side triangle (Grenada is the world's second-largest producer of nutmeg, after Indonesia); the seven stars represent the seven administrative divisions.


Medical Facilities

There is a General Hospital in St.George's, a smaller hospital at Mirabeau on the east coast and one in Carriacou. A small private hospital in St. Paul, clinics and doctors are available. House-calls can be made.


Time Zone

Grenada, Carriacou & Petit Martinique are in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind GMT.


Water

It is safe to drink the water here, which is chlorinated.


Entry Requirements

A valid passport and return or onward ticket is required for all visitors. However, proof of citizenship bearing a photograph is acceptable from British, Canadian and US citizens. Please note however that as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, all US travellers must provide a passport to enter or re-enter the US from both vacation and business travel.

A visa is not required from citizens of the US, Canada, UK, British Commonwealth, most Caribbean countries, most European countries, South Korea, and Japan.

Duty Free Allowances - Personal items, one quart in total wines and spirits, half-pound tobacco or 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes. No restrictions on the amount of money that can be brought in. Restricted items are fruits, vegetables, meat, soil, illegal drugs, fire arms.

Scub Diving Outfits

Dive shops in Grenada and are conveniently located close to our rare and inviting dive sites. Each shop offers many levels of PADI diver training courses and snorkeling opportunities.


Aquanauts Grenada

Scuba dive center with a friendly local team offers dive trips in small groups, catering to individual experiences.

Address : True Blue Bay Resort, St. George's                         

Tel : 444-1126 Fax : 444-1127                                        

Email : dive@aquanautsgrenada.com                                     

Web : www.aquanautsgrenada.com


Dive Grenada

A warm welcome from Phil, Helen and the Dive Grenada team. PADI Five Star and BSAC Resort offers superb scuba diving, snorkeling and full PADI training.                                   

Address : Grand Anse, St.George's                                     

Tel : 1 473 444 1092                                                    

Email : info@divegrenada.com                                          

Web : www.divegrenada.com


Eco Dive and Trek Ltd -Coyaba Beach Resort

We are a 5-star PADI IDC Training Center offering scuba diving training and excursions for all ages. Additionally, we offer snorkeling, hobie cat sailing, windsurfing, rain forest hiking

Address : Coyaba Beach Resort, Grand Anse St George's       

Tel : 473-444-7777                                                       

Email : dive@ecodiveandtrek.com                                     

Web : www.ecodiveandtrek.com



Native Spirit - Grenada Grand Beach Resort

Are a PADI Dive Center offering dive trips and a variety of PADI courses for all levels of certified divers.                                               

Address : Grenada Grand Beach Resort, Grand Anse, St. George

Tel : 473-439-7013                                                         

Fax : 473-439-7013                                                    

Email : info@nativespiritscuba.com                                   

Web : www.nativespiritscuba.com


Scubatech Dive, Snorkling & Water Sports Center (Closest to Fushi)

ScubaTech - YOUR friendly Dive Center in Calabash Hotel welcomes you: All dive & snorkel sites on the Atlantic and Caribbean side are wi                                                Address : Calabash Hotel, L' Anse aux Epines                      

Tel : 439 4346                                                                

Fax : (473) 444 5050                                                       

Email : info@scubatech-grenada.com                                   

Web : www.scubatech-grenada.com

ADVENTURES TO HAVE

Catamarans and sail boats can be chartered out for the day with a captain to take you around the island all you have to do is bring your own lunch and towels.  just next to True Blue is Horizons.  Call James Pascall on 473 439 1000 and say you are staying at Fushi. Cost is between $400 and $600 US for the day but it is also expected that you tip the Skipper. A great way to see the Island from a different perspective and get a tan!

Another of our favourite things to do is the Sea Adventure Safaris. It is based at Port Louis on the way to St George. You go out on  small motorized ribbed dingies  two people on each one and follow a guide. They do go fast and it’s lots of fun. Cost is around US $69 per person for half a day.  A great hoot!!!!

Inter Tubing down the river in Grenville on the East coast of the island is supposed to be great fun although we haven’t done it as our children are too young . Contact Adventure Grenada on 437 444 5337.


Beach Hawkers

Grenada is different from most of the Caribbean Islands and other holiday places in that the beach hawkers are very polite especially if you say you are in a villa rather than off a cruise ship. Just politely say no thank you or I will get you another time as it’s my first day, or I already have one.  Most will then leave you alone although I think some of them just like to have a chat with you.  But remember they are only trying to earn a living and it’s hard times in Grenada as the tourism industry has taken a huge blow.  We always try and buy something just to help them a little.

Drink Driving

Be aware there are no drink drive laws in Grenada so be careful when you are driving and keep an eye out for other drivers especially at festival times.




Calabash and Prickly Bay

Looking onto Prickly Bay

The sand is soft and the sea is calm. Boats are bobbing around in the harbour.






Places to Eat and Drink

The main spot is the Calabash Hotel. On the beach they have their relaxed beach restaurant and bar. Park in the hotel car park or walk down from the public car park from the other end of the beach.

For a much cheaper option go to the Prickly Bay marina for and either have a beer at the Tikky Hut or a pizza in the restaurant. this is probably one of the cheapest places and they do a good pizza as well. Friday nights they have music and dancing. 

The more formal option

is the Rhodes restaurant at the Calabash hotel, three nights a week they have music and dancing. The attire is long trousers for men.




What is around Fushi

Fushi has an arrow pointing to the house you can just about see it in the picture. Over the road Lisa runs Grenada Yoga and she has does brilliant massage. You can just about see the beach at behind the house which you can walk down to from the path along the road. Further along is the next small bay which you can reach by walking down the road that has the sign for Coral Cove before Seaview Lane. Following this road to the end you can use the beach at Coral Cove.









Coconut Beach

We always tend to spend our first night in Grenada at Coconut Beach. It doesn’t seem as if we have arrived until we have our first Carib with our feet on the sand at Coconut Beach. We dump our belongings at the house and race down to try and catch our first sunset. Ty the spagetti lobster. Sunday night is busy on the beach as all the locals come out for a Sunday evening get together, playing cricket on the beach or just walking up and down.


Directions to Coconut beach go towards St George, past the Grand Beach resort traffic lights and it’s on the left by the Steel Pan mans house.

The beach house

LaSagesse

This quiet mangrove estuary along the south-western coast is one of the best bird-watching locales on Grenada. In addition to the estuary, La Sagesse includes three fine beaches edged with palm trees, a very good coral reef for snorkeling, a pristine example of dry thorn scrub and cactus woodland, and a salt pond. Of course, a good salt pond is the avian equivalent to a stunning beach, and this is one very inviting salt pond. The pond attracts an abundance of different species, including the Brown Crested Flycatcher, Caribbean Coot, Green Backed Heron, Little Blue Heron, and the Northern Jacuna. La Sagesse also includes a small guesthouse, several new Cabanas and a completely renovated restaurant on the beach, which is known for its very tasty lunch fare

beach at the Aquarium

Sunday afternoons Aquarium really is the place to be in Grenada. The BBQ starts at noon and the band arrive at 3pm. Best seat in the restaurant are the front beach row away from the band so it’s not too noisy. Lots of fun and a busy day.



Grenada from the sea

A look around the port from sea














LocalBeaches and restaurants

The closest beach is located at Prickly Bay in front of the Calabash Hotel at the far end. Park in the Calabash car park and walk through reception to the beach. They serve cocktails on the beach until 6pm and have a good beach restaurant. Expensive but a great location.   If you are eating  or using the hotel bar or spa you can park in the hotel car park.  In the evening they have a separate restaurant in the hotel which is high end and is a Gary Rhodes restaurant,  they do great cocktails and also have music on three times a week.

Just before the turning for the Calabash is Prickly Bay Marina which has a great Tikki Bar and Pizza restaurant, they have live music on a Friday.  They also do Take Away Pizza do call for them as they take quite a while to cook.

There is a new restaurant which also delivers at the end of the road called Charcoals we haven’t tried it yet but other people we know says it good.



Probably the best restaurant for foodies is the Beach House – on the road going towards the airport. They do two menus one for the day and another more extensive one for the evening.  Their rum punches are probably the best on the island but be careful they are probably the strongest as well.  It shares the same beach as La Luna which is a high end boutique hotel no children allowed.


Our favourite restaurant and a must for Sunday Lunch is the Aquarium – its back through the airport and up the hill to the right and then left. They have a band on a Sunday at around 3pm and it’s lots of fun. Do book at a table. We think the best tables are at the beach front as far away from the band as possible so you can still talk. Again they do two menus a more extensive one in the evening. On a Sunday it’s a BBQ. Call them as soon as you arrive in Grenada to book you table as they get booked up.



Coconut Beach restaurant is one of the best places for sunsets and also Lobster Spagetti . It is on Grand Anse Beach on the road heading toward St George.  Sit at one of the beach tables in swimming trunks while the sea lapse on your feet. Always quietest after 5pm when any cruise ships have left.  Except for Sundays when it is busy to sunset with locals a great time to see real Grenada.  

Further along from Coconut Beach is Jenny’s Place.

Mourn Rouge beach, known as BBC beach, is at the other end of Grand Anse over the hill and down on the other side. It is one of the most gentle of the beaches and has great shade from the trees until around 3pm.  The Rhum Runner comes in to the beach but only stays for around 1 and a half  hours before leaving it peaceful again.  They have  a snack bar on the beach.  Fabulous Pina Colladas here.  Also great for sunsets.


Other restaurants in the area that people seem to enjoy are True Blue known as Dodgy Dock, they have a good value BBQ on Wednesdays (I think and also have a small children’s playground but not much of a beach).



Further away is La Sagesse  which is a nature reserve and has the most amazing beach which is wide and empty apart from the restaurant, which is good, and a small hotel. A must visit for the beach and the trip. It takes about half an hour to get to from the house and is a very easy drive. Basically you just take a right at every roundabout until you get there (including the tyre one at close to the house) and a left on the way back.   Also along that way are Phare Blue a restaurant on a boat in the evening and during the day is a beach restaurant with swimming pool.



Practicalies of the house

Air con

Could I ask you to be careful with the Air Conditioning and lights as electricity is very expensive in Grenada.  If you have the A/C  on  at night please keep  all the doors and windows in the room closed so that it works effectively and turn it off if you leave the villa as it only takes 5 to 10 minutes to cool a room down.  During the day, please turn off lights and air-con.


Gate

The code for the gate is 1234. There are also remote electronic gates fobs.


Electricity

Voltage is 220 volts - 50 cycles. Appliances rated at 110 volts (US standard) normally work satisfactorily with a transformer.We have dual plugs taking both US and UK appliances.


Computers

There is WIFI connection. The address is ‘room’ and there is no code for it just direct access.  If you have problems connecting I find just turning the router on and off does help.

When charging computer or other electrical equipment in the house, please use the breaker extension rather than directly into the wall sockets as there can be electricial surges which damage computers.  There are breakers in the kitchen, lounge and TV rooms. There are spare ones in the laundry room.


Building problems

If there are any building problems ie water, electricity, contact Fiona directly.


Pool

If you want the pool topped up just ask John to do as it is supposed to be filled all the way to the top so it laps over the side. Any problems with the colour or quality of the water tell Fiona.

Staff

Fiona - Villa Manager

You will probably have had contact with Fiona before your arrival as she will organise car hire, grocery delivery and any tours or special needs that you may have. Fiona will meet you at the airport with a car if you have organised car hire, or will meet and greet you and organsie for your taxi to take you to the Fushi.


Once at the house she will show you how to use all the facilities and help you with any directions you may need. Basically she will help you orientate yourselves. If you would like the maid to be at the villa on your arrival, to help with children, food or unpacking,  then let Fiona know.


If there are any problems during your stay just call Fiona and she will sort it out for you. She is in charge of all the staff and can change their hours to suit you. Please use Fiona as she is more happy to help you to get to know the island or to sort out any requests you may have.

Ann - Housekeeper/Maid

Ann has been with the villa from the very beginning, she cleaned it up after the builders left. In fact her boyfriend did all the carpentry on the villa. She has worked in other hotels in the area  and brings in a team of people to help her out if we have large groups in the villa. She has seven children and numerous grandchildren so if you need a bit of help with the chidren she is more than happy to help out, or can arrange to bring one of her daughters in to help look after children during the day time.


Normally she arrives at the villa between 8.30 and 9am transport depending as she comes from the north of the island, near Guave. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are her normal working days but if the villa is full she will come most days except Sundays.


She will change the sheets around three times a week, just let her know if you want clean sheets earlier or if you need extra towels.


Cooking isn’t one of Ann’s duties but she would more than happy to help out. If you would like her to cook a light lunch such as a local chicken curry then she will do it if you give her notice and just pay for the cost of the food. If there is a big group and you would like her to cook then just talk to Fiona and she can arrange to have another maid come in at an extra cost.

John - Caretaker, Gardner and Chef

John tends to come to do any gardening in the afternoon or evening if you would prefer that he comes at another time please let Fiona know.  If you let him know if you are going out for an early dinner or a day at the beach then he will try and come during those times to allow you to have privacy.


He also comes on two mornings a week, Monday and Thursday at 8am, just to empty the bins so will come round to the back of the house and remove the bin next to the kitchen sink. Then put it outside the gate.


For 20 years John worked as a chef at the Rex Hotel in Grenada. Talk either to John himself or Fiona if you would like him to cook for you. He is an excellent chef and his food is all fresh and locally sourced, fish, chicken, vegetables etc. We normally like him to make his buffet banquet where he makes soup and salads to start and then does fresh seafood, curry, rices, vegetables etc. Or he can do a BBQ for you. Just talk to Fiona about costs.




History of Grenada

The early bit

Christopher Columbus discovered Grenada in 1498. The island was already inhabited by the Carib Indians, who had migrated from the South American mainland, killing or enslaving the peaceful Arawaks who where already inhabitants here. The Amerindians called their island Camerhogue, but Columbus renamed it Concepcion. However, passing Spanish sailors found its lush green hills so evocative of Andalusia that they rejected this name in favor of Granada.


The French then called it  La Grenade, and the British followed suit, changing Grenade to Grenada (pronounced Gre-nay-da).

Aggressive defence of the island by the Caribs prevented settlement by Europeans until the 17th century. In 1609 some Englishmen tried and failed, followed by a group of Frenchmen in 1638; but it was not until 1650 that a French expedition from Martinique landed and made initial friendly contact with the inhabitants.

The French broke out almost immediately afterward, as the French endeavoured to extend their control over the whole island. Determined not to submit to French rule, the Caribs fought a succession of losing battles, and ultimately the last surviving Caribs jumped to their death off a precipice in the north of the island. The French named the spot "Le Morne de Sauteurs," or "Leapers' Hill."

For the next ninety years, the French struggled unsuccessfully to keep the island from falling into the hands of the British. Fort George and Fort Frederick, which still command the heights overlooking St. George's harbour, are relics of that fight. Finally, under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783, the island was permanently ceded to the British. Having gained stable possession of Grenada, the British immediately imported large numbers of slaves from Africa and established sugar plantations.

In 1795, however, British control was seriously challenged once again, this time by Julian Fedon, a black planter inspired by the French Revolution. Under Fedon's leadership, the island's slaves rose up in a violent rebellion, effectively taking control of Grenada. Although the rebellion was crushed by the British, tensions remained high until slavery was abolished in 1834. The site of Fedon's Camp, high up in Grenada's beautiful central mountains, is today a popular destination for hikers.

IIn 1877 Grenada became a Crown Colony, and in 1967 it became an associate state within the British Commonwealth before gaining independence in 1974. Despite the island's long history of British rule, the island's French heritage (both colonial and revolutionary) survives in the names of places, its buildings, and its strong Catholicism.


In 1979, an attempt was made to set up a socialist/communist state in Grenada. Four years later, at the request of the Governor General, the United States, Jamaica, and the Eastern Caribbean States intervened militarily. Launching their now famous "rescue mission," the allied forces restored order, and in December of 1984 a general election re-established democratic government.


The last 20 years have been a peaceful, democratic and fruitful back to normal existence, which has included many new building structures and vastly improved infrastructure. Grenada continues to grow, while still evoking the idyllic lifestyle of the Caribbean of old, which portrayed that rare quality called gracious living.



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Grenada’s Ecotourism

Most visitors to our island are lulled into thinking that the island, with its lush, vibrant vegetation, is not too distant from their idea of what paradise may be like. While the island does offer its more beautiful side to the casual observer, it has had a fiery beginning. Most of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean share the same volcanic origin, and while several are long extinct, several of them still have active volcanoes within their territories. Grenada is no exception, and actually has one active undersea volcano, off the northern shore of the island, between the town of Sauteurs and the sister island of Carriacou.

However, over the centuries, Grenada's volcanoes have been reduced to eroded remnants, which have been taken over by the rain forest. A most notable example of this, is the Grand Etang Lake and Forest Reserve, which is situated in the crater of the extinct volcano. There are excellent hiking trails in the area, which are maintained by the government, and which are there for the enjoyment of all.


Grand Etang Lake and National Park:

The most popular area in Grenada, for hiking and trekking, is in the rain forest around the Grand Etang Lake, in the central part of the island. This is only a small snapshot of what the island is like in general, as there are several waterfalls, hot springs and plantations where they meander through the hills. Needless to say, the views are exceptional. Grand Etang, however, is a crater lake surrounded by a lush tropical forest and is part of the nature reserve. A series of trails has been marked, and hiking them is well worth the effort. The scenery is breathtaking, with the chance to see a fascinating cross-section of the flora and fauna which make up this rain forest. The trails meander around the area's stunning waterfalls as well as the alluring waters of Grand Etang Lake. Hikes at Grand Etang range from an easy 15 minute walk, to 6 hour long excursions

Note: When hurricane Ivan hit the island in September 2004, the rain forests received significant damage. However, almost a year later, there has been amazing re-growth and it won't be long before it is back to its lush beauty.


Levera National Park

The 450-acre Levera National Park holds an unbeaten reputation as Grenada's most scenic and spectacular coastal area. Its picture-perfect beach is quite popular on weekends, and its lagoon is one of the most important wildlife habitats on the island. Consisting of an extensive mangrove swamp, the lagoon is a haven for an abundance of bird species, including many Herons, black-necked Stilts, Common Snipes, and other waterfowl. Levera's marine areas are equally esteemed, with outstanding coral reefs and sea grass beds that shelter lobsters and other marine inhabitants. The beaches are also a hatchery for Sea Turtles, which are protected during their laying season, from May to September. Among the pleasant walks at Levera, is a trail that circles the lagoon.


Lake Antoine National Park

This shallow Crater Lake, like Grand Etang, is host to a wide variety of wildlife. The lake's perimeter trail, a beautiful walk in itself, is another of Grenada's excellent attractions for bird watchers. Among the species frequently sighted are the Snail Kite, the Fulvous Whistling Duck, large-billed Seed Finch, Gray Kingbird, and Limpkin Mona Monkey


La Sagesse

This quiet mangrove estuary along the south-western coast is one of the best bird-watching locales on Grenada. In addition to the estuary, La Sagesse includes three fine beaches edged with palm trees, a very good coral reef for snorkeling, a pristine example of dry thorn scrub and cactus woodland, and a salt pond. Of course, a good salt pond is the avian equivalent to a stunning beach, and this is one very inviting salt pond. The pond attracts an abundance of different species, including the Brown Crested Flycatcher, Caribbean Coot, Green Backed Heron, Little Blue Heron, and the Northern Jacuna. La Sagesse also includes a small guesthouse, several new Cabanas and a completely renovated restaurant on the beach, which is known for its very tasty lunch fare.


Mangroves:

One of the noteworthy things about the eastern/Atlantic side of the island, is that nearly all the bays along the coast are mangrove habitats. Prime nesting areas for many birds and spawning grounds for fish, these areas have now been brought under the control of the Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries, in order to preserve as much of it as possible from encroachment by development. The result is that any development in these areas has to be approved by the government, and special emphasis has been placed on preserving the mangroves. There is now a kayaking tour available which takes you around 2 bays in the south of the island. Excellent for bird watchers and snorkelers, the variety of marine life in and around the mangroves is stunning.

Lake Antoine


Coral Reefs:

Grenada has an extensive array of coral reefs along the coastline, which are second to none. Several dive shops in the south of the island offer excursions and snorkeling trips, and in an effort to preserve the reefs, a buoying system was put in place so boats do not drop anchors on the reefs and destroy the delicate corals. The marine life is astounding, and the government has imposed restrictions and hunting seasons on the more popular sea species, like the lobster, in order to preserve the diversity and sustainability. They have also brought into effect restrictions on the sizes of nets, so that fishermen do not catch the juvenile fish.


Grenada’s Waterfalls

Grenada has several fabulous waterfalls, with only a few of them known to the general public. We have personally seen more than a dozen waterfalls and several cascades, and have listed a few of the more popular here for your enjoyment.

Depending upon your fitness level, you can choose between a gentle stroll through a well tended garden to get to Annadale Falls; or, if you are feeling very energetic, a 20 minute hike through the rain forest to get to the Seven Sisters and Honeymoon Falls.

On some of the trails to the waterfalls, we recommend that you take a hiking guide. The reason that we recommend this, is because, depending on your final destination and with some of the trails not properly marked, a short stroll through the rain forest can easily turn into a long hike. Guides can be hired at the Grand Etang forest reserve, and most tour companies offer guided trips to all of the waterfalls.


Annadale Falls

This is one of the easiest waterfalls to get to, with a well tended path which is lined with local fruit trees and flowering plants. It is also one of the smaller waterfalls, and is a favourite point of interest for bus tours.

On the way to this waterfall, not a hundred yards down the road, is another. This one does not have an official name, but during the rainy season, it is significantly larger than Annandale. As the road crosses over a nearby stream, it is possible to walk from the main road right up to this one.

Annandale sits on the outskirts of St. George, and is easily accessible by public transportation. Restroom facilities are available and refreshments can be purchased from nearby shops.


Concord Waterfall

It is situated on the edge of the forest reserve on the western side of the island, and therefore the water is crystal clear and ice cold. Of the three waterfalls in this area, the first one is the most readily accessible and most photographed, with a paved road leading almost directly up to it. There is nothing like taking a bracing dip in a cool mountain stream, so we do suggest that you walk with the necessary clothing.

The second (Au Coin) of the three falls is bigger and taller, and is reached only after a 45 minute hike. The trail goes through a nutmeg plantation and is readily marked, so a guide is not absolutely necessary. However, a guided tour with someone who can show you the different types of cultivated plants and their uses is well worth it.

The third falls (Fontainbleu) is a little off the beaten track, but well worth the journey. At Fontainbleu, the water cascades down a 65 foot cliff into a crystal clear pool.

If you are planning on visiting all three of the falls, then we suggest that you plan on spending a morning and pack a light lunch and some refreshments.


Mt. Carmel Waterfalls

Situated two miles south of Grenville, and also known as the Marquis Falls, this is the highest on the island, with two falls cascading over 70 feet into the pools below.

They can be reached quite easily, with a gentle 30 minute hike through a private plantation, where some of the local spices and fruits are grown. It is difficult to get lost, as the sound of the falls will lead you directly there.

An entrance fee is charged by the owners of the property, and guides are available, should you require one.



Seven Sisters Waterfalls

If you are a hiking enthusiast, and are considering a hike through the rain forest, then you should make the Seven Sisters Falls one of your destinations.

This is not a very difficult hike, and it will take you through a private plantation where you will get the chance to see cocoa, nutmeg and banana trees and how they are grown. The hike to the falls only takes about 45 minutes, and you will pass through a section of the rain forest to get there. If it has rained recently, the trail can get a little muddy, so it is advisable to wear something you are not particularly fond of. Of course, when the trail is muddy, it is also a lot more fun. Don't worry though, because when you finally get to the falls, you will be able to wash some of the trail off of your shoes.

Once there, you can swim or relax by the water. The pools at the foot of the falls are quite large, and the swimming is very refreshing as the water is cool. Of course, don't forget the hike back to civilization. I have done this particular hike a number of times, and have enjoyed every one of them. Not far from these falls is another, which is well hidden. It is called the Honeymoon falls. Not easily accessible, but well worth the effort. Lots of people have been to the Seven Sisters and have completely missed this hidden gem.nd was just recently discovered.

The only way to visit the waterfall is to hike for approximately 3 hours through technical terrain. However, the hike itself is an adventure, and this adventure is not your typical hike.

The typical mountain hikers goal is to reach the summit - that is its sole and primary purpose -however, in this adventure, and that is exactly what it is, an adventure, one will see incredible sights of unending waterfalls, swimming pools, sulfur springs, and of course, the largest waterfall on the island of Grenada.

The adventure will vary for each hiker ranging from extremely challenging, to a light morning hike depending on how far you want to go up the river.

Gouyave Fish Fridays

It’s Friday, you’re in Grenada, and you’re a seafood lover, then Gouyave Fish Fridays is the only place you need to be.  Gouyave the town that never sleepsGouyave is a fishing village to the northwest of Grenada, about 45 minutes from the hotel district in the south. It’s known in Grenada as the town that never sleeps. More fish is caught here than anywhere else in Grenada. Book a taxi back and relax and enjoy the fun.