Grenada, The Spice Isle

This guest post was authored and illustrated by John from HopandJaunt.com. John is half of the travelling graphic design duo, Aly and John. These two are both extremely talented. They have done a lot of work across the web from ebooks to site banners. If you personally need any custom art work doing give them a shout. Enjoy the post!

Grenada is famously known as the Spice Isle, and with good reason. Not only does this island produce an entire rack full of spices (such as nutmeg, ginger, all spice, and cinnamon), but the culture of Grenada has a rich and flavorful appeal as well.

The capital port St. George has an old world Caribbean charm with cobblestone streets that weave between vibrantly colored buildings of old English and French architecture. The city’s waterfront bay is a great place to take a stroll, sit down with a cold rum drink, or check out the incredible view from atop historic Fort George. When you’re feeling more adventurous hop on a bus and freely explore the rest of the country. The bus system will carry you all over the island for very little cost, but keep a venturesome mindset as you will most likely experience overcrowding and erratic bus schedules; however, it is definitely worth it if you want to spend the day beach hopping. Grenada has plenty of white sand beaches with tranquil Caribbean waters. Once your done at the beach sling your day pack over your shoulder and take a hike through the island jungles where you will find mona monkeys and some really awesome waterfalls.

The natural beauty of Grenada offers plenty for the appreciative visitor to do. Budget to spend some money on scuba diving, sport fishing, or sailing, but the free snorkeling, beaches, and hiking are great as well. And if your lucky you may stumble upon the occasional cricket match.

While there are plenty of breath-taking (yet pricey) resorts, with the right accommodations a budget traveler could easily have just as memorable island vacation. There are restaurants to suit every budget, but the best deal on the island comes from the numerous Roti stands. One Roti packs lots of food and flavor at an affordable price.

If you happen to be traveling to Grenada by boat then the experience is even better. The free anchorages are calm, scenic, and offer plenty of nearby services. The greatest experience of Grenada for Alyson and I was at anchor just off Hog Island. Travelers will sometimes tend to avoid other tourists, but no where will you find a better mix of people from around the world than on Hog Island. An international community of sailors and the local Grenadians meet at Rogers Beach Shack to enjoy sun downers and rum with beach barbeque and the occasional Oil Down ( a local delicacy). Live music, bon fires and rum fueled sailor stories left us with some unforgettable memories of our stay on the Spice Isle.

5 Comments

  • Suzy

    June 20, 2010

    I love the illustrations here! It’s so different to picture a place without actual photos. I would also love to go to Grenada. Sounds like you guys had quite the authentic experience on Hog Island.

  • Aly

    June 21, 2010

    We thought it would add a bit more imaginative color by drawing what we saw/felt. We have a ton of great pics from the time spent in the islands but sometimes the mind paints a better picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Prem

    June 22, 2010

    Great post! pictures are lively..Coming from trinidad, i’ve got a lot of respect for my sister caribbean isle Grenada.
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  • Abi

    July 9, 2010

    I love these pictures – particularly the expression on the guy’s face at the bottom. I’ll definitely be checking out more of your work, Aly & John!

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