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: Murray & Cecile Zlotnik
Our Guide on the Grenada Spice Route excursion was extremely knowledgeable. As he drove our bus on very bumpy and narrow roads, he kept up an informative and interesting narrative on many subjects regarding his country. The tour was definitely off the beaten path and well worth it!
Reviewer: Page Flournoy
Our guide on the Spice Tour was wonderful. We had almost a private tour ( 2 of the 4 other people who booked joined us) and we watched the two or three other buses filled up with the tour offered by the cruise herd everyone through some of the same stops. We were able to see much more, go more places and learn more by booking directly. Our guide Stanroy(?) even stopped at a local shop and bought us fig bananas, which were so delicious!
This is one of the best shore excursions that I have every been on. There were only four of us so it was like having your own private tour. Our guide, was older and an expert on the island and the spices that it produces. The information and knowledge that he had made the tour so wonderful. He even bought us small bananas which were delicious! There was no hurry to get the tour finished and he even went over the time by 30 minutes. I would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Marcia Holsinger
The tour was excellent and the tour guide was very well versed in the whole island giving us very interesting facts. Would definitely recommend this tour guide.
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.