In 2004 Hurricane Ivan destroyed almost 90 percent of the buildings on this Southern Caribbean Island. But in the decade since, residents of Grenada have restored—and in some cases even improved upon—the historic beauty of this scenic island. Grenada’s beaches, waterfalls and vast spice plantations still continue to draw travelers to its peaceful island shores.
How to get to Grenada
Ships that dock in popular Melville Street Cruise Terminal can easily access most of St. George’s on foot, since the exit to this port empties directly into downtown. Smaller ships berth at the Carenage, which is also close to a number of waterfront shops and restaurants. Though far less visited compared to Melville Street, its considered by some to be the most picturesque part of St. George’s.
One Day in Grenada
Water-lovers can head out early to nearby Grand Anse Beach. The world-famous shores of this luxe destination are just a ten-minute taxi ride from port. Active travelers can kayak, parasail, windsurf or snorkel right from the beach’s shore. The more adventurous can hire a guide at one of the local dive shops and head to Moliniere Point, about 25 minutes north of St. George’s for a truly unique experience. Manmade underwater sculpture gardens make this excursion unlike snorkeling anywhere else.
Visitors who prefer to get out of town can hire a driver and travel through Grenada’s scenic interior. Popular stops include Grand Etang Lake and Annandale Falls, as well as a tour of a local spice plantation to sample homegrown nutmeg and tropical fruits. Afterwards, return to St. George’s for a visit to Market Square, the bustling bazaar where farmers and vendors sell their wares.
Most cruise ships dock at Melville Street Cruise Terminal, which is within walking distance of popular attractions in St. George. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, but U.S. Dollars are widely accepted around the island. ATMs and foreign exchange bureaus are easy to find near port. English is the official language.