Cruise ships now dock directly at the Melville Street Cruise Terminal in St. George’s, Grenada’s capital. If the port is particularly busy, vessels can also berth at the north end of the main quay or drop anchor in the outer harbor, where tenders bring guests to shore. The terminal holds the state-of-the-art Cruise Welcome Centre and the spacious Esplanade Mall.
Within the indoor-outdoor shopping complex, visitors will find favorites like Colombian Emeralds alongside charming local boutiques, including Glitter Jewelry. Other great finds include electronics, fragrances, and name-brand watches. Just outside the terminal, guests can hop aboard an air-conditioned motor coach for a relaxing tour of the island or climb into a 4×4 for the Land Rover excursion. There’s also a bus station and a taxi stand where drivers wait ready to take visitors to other parts of the island.
Breathe deep upon arrival and relish the sweet scents of spices that waft through the air. Grenada is known as the Spice Island, and local vendors offering fresh selections of nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, and ginger abound in St. George’s.
The modern spice culture derives from the collective influence of ancient Amerindian customs and the French and English colonial eras. Grenada was first settled by the Arawak Amerindians from South America. After Christopher Columbus spotted the island in 1498, homesick sailors were reminded of a flora-covered area of Spain and dubbed the land Grenada. The French established a presence on Grenada in 1649 but spent the next century battling for control of the island until it was ceded to the British in 1783 under the Treaty of Versailles. In 1974, Grenada became an independent nation within the British Commonwealth, the first of the Windward and Leeward islands to do so.
Today, Grenada offers a welcoming culture that results from a rich history in tandem with an environment that boasts a rainforest-blanketed central mountain range abounding with rare wildlife, 45 gorgeous beaches, and an underwater cornucopia of marine life just offshore. In the activity realm, there’s never a shortage of things to see, do, and explore on or around Grenada.