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: Richard Boden
We had an excellent, knowledgeable guide on this excursion that was significantly smaller and lower in cost than the group excursion provided by the ship. Highly recommended.
I am a travel consultant who has taken countless shore excursions over the past 30 years, but I have to say that I would rate this tour right at the top. Everything was extremely well organized, from the booking process right through to the tour guide and his wealth of knowledge on his Island and tour stops. The bus was clean and the windows were crystal clear for viewing the amazing sights along the route. I was very pleased with all aspects and would book future cruise excursions with Shore Excursions group without hesitation
Reviewer: Joanne Montgomery
Our guide was excellent, he knew anything and everything you asked. Was interesting to see how the spices are processed.
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!