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Grenada in a Nutshell Tour

Duration: Half Day

Grenada in a nutshell tour

See the wonders of Grenada in a day on this unforgettable island tour. Rich in history, colour and natural beauty, this beautiful Caribbean country has much to offer its visitors. This fascinating excursion will introduce you to some of the mainland’s highlights as we visit the western coastline, River Antoine Rum Distillery, Belmont Estate, Pearls Airport and a nutmeg ‘pool’ on an adventure to remember.

Departing from St George’s, one of the prettiest capitals in the Caribbean, we first drive past the cricket stadium, where the world cup was held in 2007, and up along Grenada’s picturesque west coast. The first stop on the tour is the Concord Falls, three beautiful waterfalls located in the lush hills of Concord Valley. On the way we pass nutmeg and banana trees, cocoa plants and many other native plant species, giving you a glimpse of Grenadian agriculture.

We drive onwards to the nearby town of Gouyave, where we can learn more about the island’s agricultural industry by visiting Gouyave Nutmeg Pool, the largest nutmeg processing station on the island. Grenada was the world’s second largest producer of the spice before Hurricane Ivan hit the island in 2004 and Gouyave attracted many tourists for this reason. Today you can still watch and learn about the separation, seasoning, processing and sorting of nutmegs in the factory, and samples of the spice are available to buy during the tour.

Afterwards, we drive northwards to enjoy magnificent views of Grenada's beautiful Grenadine islands – Carriacou and Petite Martinique. You can also see Carib's Leap, or Leapers Hill, at the northern tip of Grenada’s mainland. This is the place where the last fighting Carib Indians committed mass suicide in 1651 by jumping over the cliffs after losing their battle with the French. To the Caribs, death deemed preferable to living under European rule.

We continue onwards to River Antoine Rum Distillery, the oldest rum factory in Grenada. Dating back to 1785, it is difficult to believe that this ancient building is still a working distillery that runs all year round. This is a great opportunity to witness the historical process of rum production, which hasn’t changed for generations.

By now you will certainly be ready for lunch, which you can enjoy at the beautiful Belmont Estate. This authentic 17th century plantation enables visitors to sample a delicious selection of traditional Grenadian cuisine in a breathtaking rural setting. Whilst here, you can observe the workings of a fully functional historic plantation by taking a tour of the organic farm, gardens, heritage museum and cocoa processing facilities. In the afternoon, we drive through the towns of La Poterie and Tivoli before passing the abandoned Pearls Airport, where you can see the remains of several old Russian and Cuban planes.

After driving through Grenville, Grenada's second largest town and main port on the east coast, we make our way to the middle of the island towards Grand Etang Lake and Forest Reserve. Set within lush, mountainous rainforest, this is one of the most popular areas in Grenada for hiking. The focal point of the forest reserve is Grand Etang Lake, which fills the crater of an extinct volcano, whilst the surrounding rainforest hosts a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The picturesque walking trails provide a wonderful opportunity to see and learn about the endemic wildlife, and you are likely to spot all sorts of tropical birds, lizards, monkeys and exotic flowers and trees on your trip.

Not to be missed, this diverse tour will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in Grenada.

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