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The Carenage@St Georges on ferry approach

As it was Monday, I caught the mail boat from Carriacou.  Not exactly the most comfortable transport I've ever actual seats, just boxes to sit on if you can find one.  The don't really keep to any schedule here, every runs on Caribbean what I thought was the 10am boat, actually left at 11.30am.  A pretty uneventful journey and 4 hours later and we were sailing into the Carenage at St Georges on the main island of Grenada.  Its a great way to arrive as the harbour is beautifully set into the hills and you can see all the way down the coastline.  I have to admit I didn't do a great deal in my couple of days on the island.  It has rained nearly every day for the last 2 weeks, which kind of puts a dampner on things.

View over St Georges from Fort George (on a grisly day!!)
It doesn't rain for that long, but there are at least 3 showers a day and god forbid you get caught in one of them - they are torrential!!

I wandered round St Georges, ensuring I stopped for a roti along the way (I'm getting addicted to them!) and got myself a bargain haircut for EC$15 (£4) which included a free voodoo ritual to rid me of my grey hairs. Here's hoping it works!!  I went down to Grand Anse, the main beach on the island which has all the big hotels along it - it wasn't that it was bad, there was soft sand and pretty clear water, but after a while in the Caribbean, you can become a bit blase about beaches when you've seen some really beautiful ones.  I chilled out in the evening at the guesthouse, The Lazy Lagoon, which is a cool little place run by a German guy.

Grand Anse
  There were a couple of English med students, Matt and Lawrence, staying there so we chewed the fat over a few cold Caribs in the bar.

On my last day, I went up to Gouyave, a small fishing village.  They also have the main nutmeg proessing plant (Grenada is one of the world's main producers of the stuff) and had a guided tour.  It only took 10 minutes, so I was a little disappointed that I'd come 40 minutes in a wreckless minibus for it.  But hey, you have to do these things as a tourist I guess.  With a bit more time, I would've got out to see a bit more of the island, but tonight I set my compass for Trinidad - against the advice of nearly everyone here I might add, who think its the most dangerous place on earth.  I shall see for myself I guess...bring on the limin'!!

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Grand Anse
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Saint George's Hostels review
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