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About St Georges

Nearby, the botanical Bay Gardens and 18th-century Fort George invite exploration amongst a landscape of red-roofed buildings and crops of nutmeg and cacao. Grenada’s famous stretch of white-sand Grand Anse beach lies to the south of the city. Boatmen in fishing villages on St George’s outer edges offer daily charters out to waters rich in marlin, sailfish, dorado and wahoo. Nature lovers can also discover Grenada’s magnificent unspoilt countryside, with wildlife trails for hikers, mountain bikers, birdwatchers and waterfall buffs.

Hemmed by hills and an extinct volcano, St Georges sits on the horseshoe-shaped inner harbour of the Carenage, a marine port fringed by warehouse bars and restaurants.

Sightseeing:

The ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada is famed for its white-sand beaches, especially the stretch at Grand Anse, just south of St Georges. A number of old plantations offer daily tours of colonial-era buildings and sugar cane production plants. Visitors are also welcome to visit the spice mills, rum distilleries and colourful street markets.

Highlights:
Gouyave factory where spices are sorted, dried and milled
• The water-powered River Antoine Rum Distillery, established in 1785, and the oldest production rum plant in the Caribbean
• Jeep safari across the Grenada landscape

Tourist information:

Grenada Board of Tourism in the UK
11 Blades Court, 121 Deodar Road, London SW15 2NU, UK
Tel: (020) 8877 4516.
Website: www.grenadagrenadines.com

Shopping introduction:

Over 170 cruise ships bring more than 230,000 passengers to St Georges each year – and the city’s shopping serves each visitor well. Local street vendors stock something for everyone, from printed cottons, straw hats and woven bags to leather goods and beaded jewellery. Spice stalls are everywhere with a good number of duty-free outlets for branded electronics, watches and perfumes. Both cruise disembarkation points are close to malls, shops and markets. Many stores extend their hours to cater for cruise ship arrivals, some offering discounts of up to 20%.

Restaurants:

Island specialities fuse West Indian and Creole flavours to create a uniquely Grenadian cuisine. Fresh seafood can be found on every menu with Grenadian caviar popular (the roe of the white Sea Urchin) as is conch. Grenada’s national dish, Oildown, consists of salted meat, onion, carrot, celery, breadfruit and dasheen stew with dumplings cooked in coconut milk. Carib Rum, tropical fruit juices and punches are also popular island-wide, as is the excellent local beer.

When to go:

Grenada’s warm year-round weather offers near-constant temperatures around 27°C (80°F). Rainfall is common, but tends to be brief showers that increase during the rainy season of June to November.

Nearest destination:

St Georges.

Transfer distance:

1km (0.6 miles).

Transfer time:

5-10 minutes walk.