This half-day tour will give you a great feel of Grenada Island--its landscape, people, and products. And as you'll see, it is, indeed, "The Island of Spice."
A 45-minute drive along the west coast takes you to the fishing town of Gouyave. You will pass by the modern Nutmeg Processing Station, one of the largest nutmeg processing factories on the island and where most of the island's spices are processed for export.
Your first stop on the Spice Tour will be the Dougaldston Estate. Down a bumpy road you 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 of 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 available for purchase.
Driving up into the hills, you will visit the Belvedere Plantation, nestled in the cool of the mountains. Here, you can 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 also be taken to see if we 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 Concord Falls.
Reviewer: Aileen Redeker
It was a very thorough bus trip of the island going to the spice factory as it was called. It claimed to be a working spice factory; however, it was a Sunday and we could not prove it was not. It did not appear to have been worked for quite some time. It was very interesting and showed how spices had been collected and treated by slaves in the past.
very nice tour, interesting an informative!
Reviewer: Judith Reese
Our guide as excellent. So much knowledge about the island and area. The island is lush and spectacular. We went to a crater lake and while there our guide called a couple of wild monkeys out of the brush and feed them bananas. This was the highlight of the day. The guide had the bananas left over from buying them for everyone on the bus. So good. Not what we get at home.
Reviewer: Rod Edwards
The van was brand new, the driver was friendly and super knowledgable and the island was a delight. There were no monkeys in the National park so we had to eat the bananas the driver bought for them!
Reviewer: Susan Anderson
Of all the shore tours in which we participated, this tour was the first shore tour to be on time. We were seated in the by 8.30 which was departure time. The tour displayed the highlights of Grenada and the spices for which it is famous. We particularly enjoyed the demonstration of spice preparation in the old sugar mill.