Saint George Cruise
Where the air is scented with spices
To those arriving with a Caribbean Sea cruise to St. George’s, the capital of Grenada appears to enclose its port, Carenage, like a horseshoe.
Here your cruise ship will await you. Walking up the streets that climb the surrounding hills, one can admire some 19th century Creole houses, which still have roofs of red tiles used as ballast by Old World ships.
Once disembarked from your MSC ship, you can visit the Grenada National Museum, housed in French barracks dating to 1704, where Amerindian pottery, a still for distilling rum and a marble tub belonging to Joséphine de Beauharnais are on display.
Another interesting excursion to go on during your holiday in Grenada will take you on a tour of French forts: Fort George (1705); Fort Frederick, the best preserved; and Fort Matthew, which was bombarded by the Americans in 1983. At Fort George, graffiti reads, “No pain no gain, brother” and a pole bears bullet holes from the shooting of Maurice Bishop, leader of the Grenadian revolution of 1979, who is much loved to this day.
If an excursion takes you to higher elevations, you will discover an infinity of waterfalls. They are not enormous, but they have an undeniable charm: they appear suddenly in the middle of the wood, each with its own small lake in which to cool down after a long walk. Choosing among these waterfalls is truly difficult. Annandale, Concordes, Seven Sisters, Mt. Carmel, Honeymoon or Paraclete; they are all worth a visit.
Following the Mt. Qua Qua Trail, will take you into the Grand Etang Rain Forest and to the peak of the mountain, from where you will be able to see all of the southeastern Caribbean islands. Grenada, like any tropical island, has splendid beaches where to go swimming, snorkelling and diving.