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St George's Grenada 2Spice FactoryRather than book a tour with the cruise line, a group of us who had “met” on Cruise Critic decided to book an independent tour. We had done this before on other cruises because it gave us the flexibility to control the locations and timing of the tour, as well as a much lower price for the tour.

Limiting the group size to eight people whom we had already got to know via Cruise Critic and on the cruise was another plus.

We chose the West Coast half day tour with AJ Meddy Tours, We were taken to the Douglaston Spice Estate where amongst other spices, cacao beans were processed, to the Gouyave Nutmeg Factory and to the Clarke’s Court Rum Distillery where we got to sample a few shots as well as see the workings of the plant.

Belvedere WaterfallMonkey Grand Etang National Park

We also visited the Concord Waterfall and the Grand Etang National Park where we saw and fed the wild Mona monkeys. These were originally native to Africa, but were transported to Grenada on slave ships in the 18th Century.

We had time on our return to wander around St George’s town.  

St George's Grenada

Grenada Island Tour: Concord Waterfall, Gouyave Nutmeg Station and Grand Etang Lake – $91.99  See the highlights of Grenada on a day tour that takes you nearly all the way around the island, stopping at both natural and historical attractions. Swim at the base of Concord Waterfall, visit the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station, look out over the Caribbean from the cliff known as Carib’s Leap, tour the 18th-century River Antoine Rum Distillery and admire the rainforest setting of Grand Etang Lake. Lunch, coach transport and a friendly local guide are all included.
Spice Plantation Tour in Grenada – $84.99  Grenada, the “Island of Spice”, is world-renowned for its spices, which are prevalent in the island’s foods, drinks, ointments and even things like soap! Get a first-hand glimpse of how these spices are harvested, processed and transformed on this spice plantation tour. With your expert guide, visit the West India Spice Facility to see where nutmeg, pimento and lemongrass oils are extracted from raw materials. Explore the L’Esterre Estate, where cocoa is harvested using traditional methods, and visit the Belzeb Factory, a small cottage that uses Grenada spices and herbs to produce an array of soaps and herbal teas.


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