Hi! My name's Sarah and I work in the Penrith office for HF Holidays. I was lucky enough to be asked to try out our NEW Grenada tour, to make sure it was good enough to send our guests to. I was so excited, I just had to share my story with you!
This was my first visit to the Caribbean, and Grenada didn't disappoint as I looked down onto verdant volcanic islands with white beaches and reefs, surrounded by azure waters. Exactly like the photos!
On the transfer from the airport to Blue Horizons Garden Resort we passed through the hustle and bustle of a busy industrial area. The calm and tranquillity of the hotel and gardens, with views of Grand Anse beach, was very welcome after a long journey. The beach is just a short walk from the hotel, so a refreshing paddle as the sun set was perfect before dinner.
Edwin Frank, my guide for the week and for all our departure dates, is a native Grenadian, who has lived through the recent historical events on the island. Recently retired as the Public Relations officer for the Grenada Tourist Board he has a wealth of stories to tell about island history, and is a mine of information plus an accomplished harmonica player!
We travelled round the island in Edwin’s minibus. There are no straight roads on the island, and very few flat ones! The ever changing scenery – rural villages, tropical rain forest, mountain scenery and coastal panoramas – and Edwin’s commentary make every journey an adventure of discovery, but anyone who is prone to motion sickness might not find them so enjoyable...
I loved the variety of the walking programme, and find it impossible to pick out which were my favourite. Some days we walked through the rainforest to tropical waterfalls where inviting pools were there for a swim, and on others we explored rural villages and local industries to get a flavour of life on the island – rum tasting and chocolate sampling en route! The coastal walk out to Point Juedy showcased the opulent side of Grenadian life and the dramatic coastal scenery, while the walks to Levera and Bathway beaches along pristine white sand with views of the Grenadine Islands were picture postcard perfect! We spent a day walking round the capital city of St Georges exploring historic buildings and visited the Museum of Grenada to learn more about the history of the island and its inhabitants. Edwin’s connection with the island and its people made me feel as if I really got to know Grenada.
Free time allowed me to explore locally, walking along Grand Anse beach, and swimming in the sea. A dip in the hotel pool was most welcome at the end of the day’s activities, and the hotel balcony was a cool and breezy place to enjoy a cocktail and soak up the views along the beach towards St Georges. Traditional Grenadian food was available at the hotel and at the lunch-time bars and restaurants, and well worth sampling.
I visited in April at the start of the dry season , the weather was hot and humid at the coast but was fresher in the island’s mountainous interior. It was often breezy and a shower was almost inevitable. An umbrella is most useful! There were some insects around, mostly in the evenings, but get into the habit of applying insect repellent during the day as well as sun cream.
The whole trip was amazing, but if I have to pick some highlights they would be swimming in a Caribbean tropical waterfall pool, discovering the fascinating political history of the island, unadulterated Grenadian chocolate and the dramatic coastal scenery all around the island.
Have fun discovering your Grenadian highlights! Don't forget to tell us about your highlights!