Day trip around Grenada - crator lake, rum distillery, nutmeg factory and lots more!
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I woke up the next day around 7am and went to the Sapphire rsnt for breakfast. Boy it was expensive.... but more than that, what struck me was how quiet and lazy the island was. In other parts of the world, well, Europe where I mostly travel, the breakfast rsnts and cafes are buzzing with people starting off at 7am itself and it's tough to find a seat... but here, the whole rsnt was for the taking.
Finished b'fast which was very shoddy for the price they were charging. You could tell that this is the Spice Isle, nutmeg and guava jams for b'fast with toast bread! The lady lazily said she had no fresh fruit to offer me despite it being on the menu as part of the continental b'fast. I decided that this was a rip-off, and to make my own b'fast going forth.
I was actually quite worried that I hadn't planned anything at all for this trip.
I saw the hotel in daylight today - and it reminded me of a lot of Indian and African resorts - ample sunshine, clouds, the "reception" area of the hotel was actually open with nice flat sofas and colourful cushions. The receptionist was very helpful and got me a booking onto a day trip around the island (which was decided that morning because the agency found more than 1 person willing to go).
I went back to my room, showered and dressed (got to wear very little and no layered clothes, you sweat like a storm in this country even when it's windy and raining!) and the tour op came on time. There were 2 others on the minivan (British ladies, gosh this island is FULL of British tourists).
Our driver started driving towards the interior of the island and one thing's for sure - this island is very green, very very colourful.
First stop of the day before going up the hill was the elegant Port Louis. This is a harbour next to the biggie - St.Georges but is equally colourful. My favourite here was the boardwalk with national flags. From here on up, we started going uphill - we stopped to get a vista view of the place I was staying at - The Grand Anse Beach which is home to the top hotels and resorts in Grenada.
We reached Annadale Falls. We were given an option to swim but I wasn't too keen on it as the water looked a bit murky (and as luck would have it, I left my shorts back in the hotel anyway, by accident).
Next stop was Douglaston Spice Plantation which used to process spices once upon a time, we got a demo on the various spices on how they're collected and processed.
This town also houses the Gouyave Processing Station that processes and exports nutmegs, and has been doing this job for the nearly the last 60 years. I really liked our visit here - we saw how the nutmegs are cleaned, and which of those are used in food/spice/flavouring versus which of those are used for shampoos and non-edible purposes. Lunch break was at the northern most tip at Helena's Restaurant and Bar.
From here, we went to Leaper's Hill. The story goes that Grenada was originally inhabited by the Caribs and mid 17th Century they realised that they made a mistake by letting the French on the island. They waged war with the French who with their superior weapons killed the Caribs. The last of those alive, rather than surrendering lept off this hill and hence the name. The town that's sprung around it is called Sauteurs (jumpers in French). Again, nothing interesting about this place but a bunch of graves. But add in the history and it's quite interesting!
Final stop of the day was the River Antoine Rum Distillery which makes strong white rum.
It was about 4pm so it was time to head back... we drove down the East Coast to the South where the hotel of the other 2 guests was located. It was funny, we had to pass through the international airport and parked there was a Virgin Atlantic. God it looked so huge compared to the size of the building! I reached the hotel by 530pm and ran to catch sunset by the beach, as well as a dip in the swimming pool before dinner, and calling it a night by 1030pm.
(to be continued)