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    A little history

    by Dabs Written Feb 28, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The name of the island comes originally from the Spanish who named it after the Spanish city of Granada, under the French it became known as Grenade and then finally dubbed Grenada by the British. Throughout the 17th century, the indigenous Carib Indians battled with the French. In 1651 the remaining Carib Indians leaped to their death at the spot now known as Carib's Leap instead of surrendering to the French. The British then took control of the island in 1762, the French took it back in 1779 and then officially under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783 it went back to the British at which time they brought in African slaves to work the plantations.

    Grenada became an independent of Britain in 1974.

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    Hurricane Ivan

    by Dabs Written Feb 28, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Hurricane Ivan, a Category Four hurricane, hit Grenada in September 2004 damaging 90% of Grenada's buildings, 85% of its nutmeg trees and leaving more than half the population homeless. You can still see a bit of the lingering effects of the hurricane but the parts of Grenada we saw, including the capital city, looked to be largely rebuilt. I was a bit surprised to hear that China had undertaken several major projects in Grenada including the cricket stadium in St. George's, our guide, a skeptical and practical man, seemed to think that the Chinese would eventually trade in their charitable efforts for fishing rights for the tuna that comes out of the local waters. But after reading a few articles on it suggesting that the Chinese aid might have something to do with Grenada's former ties with Taiwan, I think there's more to the story.

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    Cruise information

    by Dabs Written Feb 28, 2010

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    Favorite thing: One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is
    Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Grenada forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Grenada port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how to get around.

    To find out how many other cruise ships will be in town along with you, check
    Cruisett.com. The more ships in town, the more competition for independent guides and tours and the more crowded the main attractions will be.

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    Money matters

    by Dabs Written Feb 28, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The local currency in Grenada is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. We didn't need to use an ATM but they do exist on the island in St. George's and other tourist areas. You can use US dollars to pay for tours, prices are quoted in USD. We also were able to use USD at a grocery store near the cruise port although we got change in local currency and also to buy spices from the vendors around the cruise port.

    I always like to bring small bills with me when we go to the Caribbean, that way you can hand the taxi drivers exact change, have money for tips for guides or buy things at the market without having to get change. If you are coming in by cruise ship, the passenger services desk can break larger bills for you.

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    Why I cho(o)se Grenada part 1

    by ultipost Written May 24, 2009

    Favorite thing: When I returned home from a business trip my youngest son said “What’s Daddy doing here” and that was my sign on the wall that my business life had overtaken my personal life. During a Sunday morning walk my wife urged that living in a heather shack would be better than having no time for the family. So I decided to give up my well paid executive life and started to research the ultimate destination. Main considerations where: a nice climate, safety, natural beauty and nice people. While I checked out the world my oldest daughter saw a feature on Grenada on Dutch TV and enthusiastically proposed it as a potential destiny.
    Checking out the globe
    I almost scientifically approached my mission to check out the ultimate place to live. I evaluated political stability, safety and [lack of] discrimination by talking to people that lived on my short list destinations. Grenada scored highest on all points, so I decided on a visit -during which- I was completely sold. I even decided to check out potential properties for our dream: to build a small, sustainable resort. Five months later we came to Grenada and finalised the purchase of eight wonderful beachfront acres on the Southeast cost of Grenada and decided to call it Paradise Bay. The government appeared to be very responsive to our plans to build a resort and committed to cooperate in all aspects. Paradise Bay Resort opened in 2007.
    A true democracy
    After the island was liberated by the USA from a communist coup and democracy was restored in 1983 the island developed positively and is now considered to be one of the most stable political climates in the region. More than corruption, favourism is the milder version that rules here -like in many other places in the world knowing the right person always helps to get things done-. Grenada and the sister islands Carriacou and Petit Martinique have about 98,000 inhabitants but have ministries on all vital aspects. The government welcomes foreign investors and grants special facilities such as tax credits (usually 10 years no income tax) and duty free concessions on building materials and equipment for approved projects. The Grenada Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) handles all inquiries in a professional and swift way.
    Nice people
    Life in Grenada reminds me to how people dealt with each other in small Dutch villages decades ago, People always greet one another and when they ask how you are they really mean it. When I come back from a trip abroad people ask how it was and welcome you back wholeheartedly. When I organise tours for visitors I always include showing how people live; it is an eye opener for many that have been living in a cold, impersonal environment for too long. Grenadians are very keen to talk to visitors. It is no surprise that several of our hotel’s visitors started thinking of retiring here and/or having a second home in Grenada. In Grenada there is absolutely no discrimination: all races live together in perfect harmony.
    Caribbean people are laid back which is a charm on one hand but if you have to work with them it can be less charming. When people promise to come to work on a particular day or time you should not be surprised if they don’t show up: they may had something more important to do and would even say that afterwards. When it rains they would show up later at best. They will rarely call: “my phone giving me trouble”. The average work speed is at least half of Western standards. Sometimes workers try to “speed up the work” by doing their job different –and less good- than ordered; especially construction workers have this habit which can cause big problems.
    Low violent crime
    Theft is an issue here –like elsewhere in the Caribbean-: offer the occasion and thieves will grab it. Violence however is very rare in Grenada; I have never heard of armed robberies of gas stations or shops. Violence towards visitors is also unheard of. With violent crime on the increase in many Western countries it comes as no surprise that people are on the lookout for a safe haven. Grenada is definitely a great, save place to live.
    Hard drugs are very rare here, but marihuana is rather common; many people on the countryside simply grow it in their backyard. Although formally forbidden, smoking marihuana is generally not seen as a crime and consequently there is also no related violence. In my observation, problems caused by alcohol are more severe than smoking marihuana.
    Gorgeous nature
    The Caribbean has the image of being a beach destination. Not surprisingly as the beaches belong to the most attractive in the world. Some islands have indeed little more to offer than the beaches, sailing and snorkeling. For most visitors, this is enough. But there are islands like Grenada that have a fascinating hinterland to offer. Rainforest hikes are an experience that few ever had in their lives. I have been conducting many hikes in Grenada and most visitors saw these as their most interesting experience.
    Our resort is located amidst thousands acres of gorgeous nature and I warmly recommend visitors to walk either North or South from beach to beach; up the hill – down the hill and every 15 minutes a new beach and different nature: From gently sloping hills -that remind to Ireland- via cactuses to mangroves. These not too strenuous walks can be done by most people. More strenuous are the rainforest walks and hikes, although there is one exception: a walk that starts at a water reservoir high in the mountains which leads to a rain forest in less than 10 easy minutes. Grenada has many water falls to choose from, some very easily accessible, some requiring a walk or hike. (For my article, Google: hiking in Grenada)
    And then, there are the beaches. On the leeward West Coast the water is tranquil and confirms what people have in mind as a Caribbean Beach. The two mile long Grand Anse white sand beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. On the Atlantic side the ocean is more rough, yet quite OK to swim in. The scenery of the water playing with the rocks is fascinating. And as Grenada is not overrun by tourist the beaches offer much space.
    Snorkelling and diving
    The Caribbean is a known snorkelling and scuba diving paradise and Grenada is growing fast to become a major diving destination, confirmed by the fast growing hotels with in house dive shops. Sister island Carriacou is also great for snorkelling and scuba diving; many take day trips to go there. There is no history of man being killed by fish so it can be considered a safe activity. Most dive shops also offer dive classes.
    A little north of Carriacou are the Tobago Cays, best reachable by sailing, which is a top ten snorkelling and diving destination. Paradise Bay has weekly 2-day sailing trips to the Grenadines from Carriacou.
    On the ocean
    Sailing in this area is immensely popular; many hotels offer boats to rent. Grenada’s West Coast, Carriacou and the Grenadines are the most tranquil waters. The Grenadines consist of many small islands, most of them inhabited and are considered by many as the ultimate Caribbean sailing experience, let alone barbecuing on one of these Robinson Crusoe islands. This is where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.
    Whale watching is offered year round with best chances during the migration season (December through April) from about 8 miles outside Grenada’s West Coast. But, you need to be lucky; I have had times when we did not even see a dolphin and also when there were so many whales that we lost count at 38, with one after the other jumping. Dolphins are playful and often swim with and jump in front of the boat.
    Sport fishing is also a big thing in the Caribbean and Grenada is one of the better places as it has deep water close to shore; fishing starts after 15 minutes. Several small charter boats operate from Grenada. Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and Dorado are common game fish, in addition to the widespread Barracuda and other smaller species. Carriacou also offers sport fishing with typically smaller fish caught.

    Fondest memory: The superfriendly people, great nature and nice temperature

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    BLIND DRIVERS - AND PROUD OF IT

    by DAO Updated Apr 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Yes, the words “We drive by faith, not by sight” really are painted on the back of this large van on a very steep hill with a very narrow road. Some people say that drivers on Grenada can be a bit dangerous. This might explain it! I don’t actually know if it will reassure anyone that this is actually a Church Bus.

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    DRINKING A NICE COLD CARIB BEER

    by DAO Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    Favorite thing:
    Let me tell you, cruising can be hard and thirsty work. I had an enjoyable experience with my first Carib at the Sol City Sports Bar & Grill on their deck overlooking the cruise ship pier. I had some postcards to write, time to kill and I wanted an ice cold beer. Well, a Carib will satisfy any adult thirst and it was lovely and cold. After a few Caribs I was relaxed, had finished my postcards and strolled happily to the waiting ship.

    Find out more about this locally brewed nectar here:

    Enjoy Carib Beer!

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    THANK YOU AMERICA ! AND THE 82ND AIRBORNE

    by DAO Updated Apr 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing:
    A local man kept telling me how appreciative Grenadans were of American troops liberating their beautiful island from the wretched Cuban army in 1983. The Communists had decided to make the island a ‘Paradise’ and started by murdering the leading politician and his family. President Regan sent in American forces to oust the Communists and restore order. Many of the troops were from my native North Carolina – the 82nd Airborne. At least 19 soldiers died in Operation Urgent Fury and many more wounded. Today Grenada is a peaceful and democratic society. I salute the fallen.

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    La Source a hotel where you are pampered

    by bianchis Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Blue A day trip of the whole island. You see a bit of everything

    Fondest memory: Blue As the wind caresses the trees and the sails drift by on smooth seas, I watch the evening go by with a sense of loss but gratitude to this wonderful island of my beloved West Indies. Years of roaming always bring me back to the people their simplicity, trust, smiling faces and the eyes of deep sorrow.

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    Useful website

    by Rachael71 Written Jun 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: http://www.grenadaexplorer.com/

    This website was really useful to us before our trip. It contains lots of information about what's on on the island, details of places to visit, and links to local tour companies, so that we were able to think about what trips we wanted to take before we took our holiday.

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    St Georges

    by Ash59 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This picture is of one side of St Georges, taken from Fort George, which sits on top of a hill in the middle of the town. Fort George was originally built to protect the harbour, shown on previous picture.

    In times past, the only option that the inhabitants had to get from one side of the town to the other, was to climb the hill. They must have been very fit because it exhausted me climbing up to the fort! Happily, they now have a road tunnel that connects both side of the town. It is used by pedestrians as well but you take your life in your own hands if you do so as there is no footpath.

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    St Georges

    by Ash59 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visit St Georges, the capital of Grenada. From the market that is held on Saturday morning to Fort George and on to the Carenage (a duty free hopping area around the harbour), be prepared to walk 'uphill and down dale' as there is no level roads here!

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  • Grand Anse gets all the attention

    by YouthinAsia Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: We LOVED staying at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort. Morne Rouge beach is great and with the hotel, the beach and a decent place to eat (Sur le Mar) we didn't need a car. You can easily walk over to GA beach from the Gem and there are other places to eat only a short walk from the Gem.

    Fondest memory: The nutmeg co-op is interesting but there is some pretty good snorkling on the left-hand (south) side of Morne Rouge Bay.

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    They don't call it the Spice Island for nothing!

    by stopatnothin Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The people on the island were super friendly. So proud the locales are of their treasure. At only 12 degrees north of the equator this island gets HOT.

    Fondest memory: The food was DELICIOUS!

    Try the nutmeg icecream!

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    Grenada is a rolling,...

    by urbanrequest Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with picturesque towns, this verdant island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa. The seductive drifts through the colourful Saturday markets and Grenada's dense forests. In the interior of this volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush rainforests, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes imaginable. The capital, St. George's, is widely held to be the loveliest city in the Caribbean. Its horseshoe-shaped harbour is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes.

    Grenada's physical beauty is complemented by its rich history and vibrant, living cultural heritage. Local festivals, fairs, and markets remain an integral part of life on Grenada. Its centuries-old spice plantations and rum distilleries still use traditional methods, emphasizing quality rather than quantity. Although the tourist industry has become more substantial in recent years, the island's easy rhythms and the friendly openness of its residents evoke an atmosphere that has long since vanished elsewhere.

    Fondest memory: Grenada has plenty to offer those interested in offshore pleasure as well, with easily accessible and pristine reefs off the coast of both Grenada and its sister island, Carriacou.

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