Way down in the Southern part of the Caribbean, almost all the way to South America, lies an island where the air is so fragrant, it is known as the spice island. Just walking the town and breathing in the air filled with the scent of nutmeg and cinnamon will transport you to a different peace of mind. Breathe it in and you’ll know. Its no surprise that Grenada is one of the worlds leading producers of Nutmeg and cinnamon. 20% of the worlds nutmeg comes from Grenada.
If you arrive by cruise ship, you’ll dock right in downtown St George’s, the largest city of Grenada and also its capital. You’ll be greeted by tribal drummers as you enter the port terminal filled with tourist trap style shops with escalated prices. Walk through this terminal and out the front door, exit the iron gates and take a right. You’ll see the Sendall Tunnel, opened in 1895 and connects the downtown area with the horseshoe bay on the other side. Just before the tunnel are steps ascending to historic Fort George, the 16th century fort up on the hill. Make the climb for some amazing pictures.
Pass through the Sendall tunnel and walk along the picturesque bay featuring calm waters and boutique shops. A large statue, “Christ of the Deep” raises its arms skyward. Explore the cobblestone alleys and outdoor restaurants. As I strolled along the paths, I witnessed a man in the water bringing up conch shells and displaying them for the passing tourists.
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Hike up the hill for a more scenic view overlooking the bay. Grenada is very mountainous and the town sits surrounded by an old volcano. You’ll get a good workout just walking the low hills around the town. I walked past old churches and stunning countryside overlooking pristine waters before I found myself back in the downtown bustling spice market.
There is so much more I need to explore the next time I’m in Grenada. Mainly the Seven Sisters Waterfalls and of course, the famous Underwater Sculpture Park. And let’s not forget the beaches! For now, I’m happy I was able to spice things up in Grenada and explore by foot, all within walking distance of the cruise port.