Grenada's Spice Route
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: Eric Hughes
11/25/18 - we had an excellent tour with our driver Mandoo. The van was comfortable, adequate leg space and the AC worked. Mandoo was very knowledgeable and a very good driver on the narrow mountain roads. The rainforest was beautiful and we had several very nice stops. The trip was punctual, which was much appreciated. We saw a large area of Grenada during our 4 hr tour. He gave us an excellent lecture at the spice farm.
Reviewer: Marsha Russell
We really enjoyed this tour! It was priced right and we enjoyed being with a smaller group rather than on a huge bus!
It was a very good tour. Tour guide was very informative and knew his stuff. There is some agenda going on with the country trying to become independent, but it didn't effect us. They are little rigid on time but then relax later on.
A wonderful driver who knows the owner of almost every house on the road and can tell a lot about the life of the island. I stayed in the beautiful places that we passed without any problems
This was the first time we booked an excursion that wasn't through the boat. The guide cared deeply about sharing his love for his beautiful home. He was so knowledgeable about the island and it's people. Would absolutely recommend!