January 11, 2013
For us, the island of Grenada isn’t just a pretty face. Yes, its beaches are stunning and its coral is pristine, but there’s a lot more to see if you really want to get under the skin of Grenada’s rich and diverse culture. From the varied wildlife to the spices this island is famous for, these five unforgettable experiences will have you bragging to anyone who’ll listen.
We always love the chance to meet some of the island’s most enigmatic residents in their natural habitat. Here, you can spot humpbacks, killer whales, pygmy and sperm whales among the 15 species that swim through Grenadian waters, as well as spinner, spotted, common and bottlenose dolphins. St. George’s, Grenada, (473) 440 3678, www.catamaranchartering.com.
If you’re a food lover, one of the best things to do in Grenada is to go on a tour of the fertile soils and lush organic gardens at Maca Bana Villas. We loved meeting local farmers, tasting organically farmed crops, and personally harvesting ingredients. This is an area where rainforest ingredients range from tropical fruits to fresh mountain water that gushes from natural springs. You are guided through the origins of Grenadian food and its European and African influences, before learning to cook a West Indian dish. Maca Bana Villas, (473) 535 1900, www.macabana.com. Classes by arrangement.
One of the most magical experiences to have in Grenada is to watch nesting leatherback turtles in their natural environment. We suggest arriving at the Levera National Park at about 10pm to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures haul themselves up the sands to lay their eggs.
Located in Molinere Bay’s Marine Protected Area, we love this quirky cluster of coral-clad sculptures, which is gradually evolving into a habitat for a diverse array of marine life. It’s a wonderfully unpretentious example of living art for snorkelers and divers alike.
No visit to the “Island of Spice” would be complete without a visit to the aromatic trading hub at the heart of the capital. Stroll the colour-rich stalls laden with fragrant spices, which are grown all over the island by farmers and co-operatives. You’ll also find all sorts of spice bouquets, jams and jellies, rum and nutmeg syrup, together with tables piled high with freshly picked citrus fruits and plump, fresh vegetables.