Exploring Grenada

June 20, 2014 No Comments

From the cruise terminal, hop into a water taxi or walk through the 125-year-old Sendall Tunnel to reach the Carenage, the picturesque promenade that runs along the waterfront in the 300-year-old capital. Grab a seat at one of the many open-air cafés to take in the visual splendor of what is widely considered one of the most pictorial ports in the Caribbean.

The green gateway to the island exudes tranquillity and bursts with history. The city’s steep streets are lined with Georgian-colonial buildings; homes built from bricks brought over as ship ballast with wrought-iron balconies and sloping red-tile roofs; and colorful warehouses dating back to the 1700s.

A labyrinth of roads winds up the hills surrounding St. George’s, where a handful of old military forts command stunning views of the city. It’s worth the effort to hike to Fort George, the oldest of the forts, which stands guard over the harbor’s entrance. Its 360-degree views are rivaled only by those at Fort Frederick, which can be reached by driving up Richmond Hill.

When hunger strikes, fill up with typical Grenadian fare, which is, as expected, rather spicy. Nutmeg, lemongrass, cinnamon, and turmeric are prominently featured in many dishes. For a uniquely tropical taste, try the traditional Oil Down, a sumptuous stew of meat and veggies boiled in spices and coconut milk. Grenada is also known for a sweet and savory pairing called Sweet Potato Nutmeg Pie, a delicious dessert that mingles sweet potatoes, butter, cream, eggs, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon.

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Enjoy an aromatic island tour that paints a fascinating picture of Grenada’s cultural heritage and insight into the cultivation and processing of nutmeg, cocoa, and vanilla.

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