This half-day tour will give you a great feel for Grenada Island— its landscape, people and products. As you'll see, it is indeed "the Island of Spice."
What to Expect
A 45 minute drive along the West Coast takes you to the fishing town of Gouyave. You will pass by a modern Nutmeg Processing Station, one of the largest nutmeg factories in operation on the island where most of the island's spices are processed for export.
Your first stop on the spice tour will be Dougaldston Estate. Down a bumpy road, you will step back in time as this spice estate comes into view. Here, you will see the real world of spices. You will visit the boucan, a building with huge drying trays on rails that can be rolled under the building if it rains. Depending on the time during the year, you may find mace, cocoa, cinnamon, pimento or cloves out drying. Inside the building, you'll be led to a table where you will be invited to "scratch 'n sniff" the leaves of various spices and guess what they are. Whole spices are also available for purchase.
Driving up into the hills, you will visit Belvedere Plantation, nestled in the cool from the mountains. Here, see one of the island's prime exports as the climate is ideal for producing bananas.
Continue driving through the lush volcanic mountains to the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, where a photo stop will be taken at Grand Etang Crater Lake. Time will be included to see if you can attract some of the local Mona monkeys, which are unique to Grenada in the Western Hemisphere. You will also make a photo stop at the beautiful cascading Annandale waterfall.
- Air-conditioned transportation driver/ guide
Pick-up at your Grenada Hotel or cruise ship terminal is available.
Know Before You Go
• Wear comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes
• Sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested
• Minimum age to participate is three years of age
• Children under 16 must be with an adult
• Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel and packed dirt surfaces, many on inclines