We flew to Grenada with Monarch Airlines; from London it is a 9-hour long flight. At the terminal entrance in Grenada there were many taxi driver trying to catch your attention. I negotiated with Frankie 30EC for a ride. However, an airport cleaner told us to take a bus which costs 10 EC per person and it got us to Grand Anse. There are many buses on the island going everywhere. So, do not worry, you will not have to rent a car or take a taxi to get around.
We did not organise our holiday in advance, i.e. we have not booked rooms for the 21 nights we were going to spend in the Caribbean. My idea was to look for accommodation once we were there given that October is not high season. My husband however insisted that we should at least book a room for our first night in Grenada. So, I contacted Mr Glenn Duncan from the Seaview Appartments (http://www.grenadaexplorer.com/seaview/) in Grand Anse who offers one of the cheapest rooms that I could find online. We paid 104EC (40USD) for a garden view apartment. Upon our arrival we learnt that it is 104EC only if one books several nights. As we were staying in Grenada for only one night and flying to St Vincent & Grenadines to island-hop, we decided to book four more nights after our “second” arrival to Grenada which Mr Duncan accepted. We were also able to leave one piece of luggage with Mr Duncan for ten days. As for the apartment itself, it includes a bathroom, a well-quipped kitchen and an air-conditioned bedroom. Moreover, the property is just on the seaside. For our pocket it was all we needed. As it turned out, we came back to Grenada quicker than we thought we would. The island-hopping was tiring and somewhat boring as the Caribbean does not have much to offer culture-wise. Our apartment was still free. We spent there ten more nights.
When we arrived to St Georges three days ahead of the schedule, we were thinking about spending three in the capital. There is Mitchell’s Guesthouse (it does not have a website) where the owner charges around USD50 for a room without a bathroom. There is only a fan in the room. The owner did not want to renegotiate the price, so we left. We managed to found another guesthouse close to the port, but the rooms were stinky and even more expensive. Again, the owner preferred to have no one than to have guests for a lesser price. In the end, we decided to go to the Seaview Appartment as it was cheaper and much nicer than the rooms in the city.
There is one small shop not far away from the Seaview Apartments. It looks somewhat strange to a European eye. A large bottle of water is 5EC and a ginger bun is 1,50EC. Apart from that there was not much we could buy there. There is a shopping mall in the centre of Grand Anse. This was the only shop which looked ‘civilised’. Nevertheless, the selection of products was still limited. The owner of the apartments told us that the locals get barrels with food sent from the US, especially over the Christmas period; this explains why there is not much choice in the shops.
Our apartment was located on the Grand Anse Beach which is considered to be the nicest on the island. It is all right, it does not offer anything like the beaches on the postcards. There is another beach within a walking distance south of Grand Anse, but it is even less interesting. I have to mention here that there ants everywhere on the beaches.
St Georges is the capital of the Grenada. The Carenage is very picturesque, but the rest of the city is ordinary; most of it has not been rebuilt yet after the two last hurricanes. There is a fruit and spice market in the proximity of the bus terminal.
|Market in St Georges|
As for other attractions on the island, we can recommend visiting the Seven Sisters Falls. You can take a mini van from the main bus terminal in the city. I do not remember the exact price but it must be around EC5-6 per person. There is an entrance fee of EC5 per person. At the entrance there are guides waiting for tourists. They behave as if their service was comprised in the entrance fee, i.e. the guide came to us and told us that he was our guide and we’d better choose our sticks! Only at the end he told us to pay him, and he came up with a rather high price for the guiding, we told him that we were not going to pay his out of blue price, we left him a smaller fee. Nevertheless, we have to admit that the tour was interesting; he showed us many interesting plants and trees, the hike itself was refreshing regardless of the heat and the humidity.
|Seven Sisters Fall|
|Seven Sisters Fall|
We also went to Gouyave, again on a bus. The drive there is very nice as the road goes along the coast. We started with the Dougaldston Estate. There was an organised group with a guide, so we joined the group to watch the lecture on spices and plants. It was interesting, and we were lucky to go there at that time. Otherwise, it would not be very attractive for there are only two empty buildings. Then, we went to the town to see the nutmeg factory. The entrance fee is US1 for a guided tour. The tour is interesting and lasts around 15 minutes. Apart from the nutmeg factory there is nothing else to see in Gouyave.
After Seven Sisters Falls and Gouyave, we knew that the island would not have much to offer. We could have gone to Grenville, but the Caribbean cities all look pretty the same, so we decided against a two-hour journey in a stuffy van to see yet another average town. All in all, we were a little bit disappointed by the Caribbean trip. There are few nice views that we associate with the Caribbean landscape. There is filth everywhere and not much to do but sun bathing. I would recommend booking a package holiday than to organise the holidays yourself as the price would be pretty the same and the hotel surrounding and food so much nicer than what is on offer if you are on your own in the Caribbean.