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Grenada – St. Georges

Grenada was my first real trip outside the United States (somehow all my trips to Canada didn’t feel so much different from my experience of the US).  Also known as the “spice island” because Grenada is the world’s largest exporter of nutmeg and mace, this small island in the Lesser Antilles is very close to South America.

Grenada and St. Georges

Grenada and St. Georges

Grenada Map
St Georges Map

 

My friend Art wanted to go on a sail boat cruise by Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.  (Unfortunately the company has since gone out of business in 2008).  We spent our first few days exploring the island of Grenada before our cruise.  We were stayed in the capital, St. Georges, located in the southwest quadrant of the island.
With perhaps 75% of the island’s population, St. Georges is small and crowded, but quite picturesque.

Homes hug the hills surrounding St. Georges Inner Harbour

Homes hug the hills surrounding St. Georges Inner Harbour

The center of town is a shopping district.  Just to the north of the area in this next photo was an open-air market where you could buy anything you might want.  The crowds surprised me.

A busy shopping district of St. Georges

A busy shopping district of St. Georges

We stayed at a resort hotel on the Grand Anse, a great arch of beautiful beach on the east side of the bay.  In the center of this beach was located the university with dormitories right on the best part of the beachfront.  I doubt those students did much if any studying!

The pools at our resort hotel included a waterfall, flowering plants and tropical birds

The pools at our resort hotel included a waterfall, flowering plants and tropical birds

References:

Windjammer Barefoot Cruises

Grenada Wikipedia Page

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