Hardships Overcome in Old Grenada

The volcano-laden island of Grenada bustled with tourism on this sweltering afternoon. As my wife and I climbed steeply through winding streets to Fort George, overlooking the capital city of St.Georges, we realized there were no easy ways to get around in this country. We would need to limit our walking tour it seemed.

Gazing seaward, we observed the stark contrast between the mass of cruise passengers exiting the vessel and the apparent poverty that lined the crowded streets in my present location. This was not exactly what was expected from a tropical paradise. However, it felt very safe to walk and there was a familiar comfort of obvious British influence here.

Seeking an inexpensive option to escape from the congested town, we next hopped on an island taxi for a short ride to the renowned, Grand Anse Beach. Upon arrival, I bought a coconut from an amiable beachcomber who put on a nice show for us in cutting the coconut for me to drink. Sadly, there was only time for a brief walk along the inviting shores.

I would have found this experience more rewarding at Fort George and Grand Anse Beach  if we had arrived in a cooler part of the day when it was less crowded. Furthermore, while I looked forward to ambling around this paradise today, the pressure of adhering to the set time schedule of arrival/departure tended to  limit  my independent exploration options. Lastly, I found less incentive to sample unique, local cuisines here after becoming conditioned to the ease of indulging in an endless buffet onboard ship to my heart’s content.

I do not consider these limitations insurmountable though. Through diligent consideration of allotted excursion times and judicious use of my digital devices, I can successfully conduct my own island excursions. Essentially, by avoiding waste of my tourist energy, I will always value “quality” over “quantity” in prioritizing my independent explorations.

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Hardships Overcome in Old Grenada

  1. its great how you managed to overcome the strict and hurried tour timetable and just enjoyed what you wanted and liked. Tours just want us to see it all and in thee and we saw nothing remembered less. Lovely time you are having and I get to enjoy it through your lense and thoughts. What’s the British influence you saw that stands out?

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  2. Grenada is too beautiful just to pop in for an afternoon. The British influence was strong in several ways. The police presence dressed in formal attire, the traffic funneled around roundabouts, the presence of English gardens fronting government palaces and the British holiday presence on the beaches were a few reminders to begin with.

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  3. I do think that volcanic areas tend to be very beautiful. But if the volcano is only dormant rather than dead, there is always a shadow of danger looming.
    Grenada is an interesting place. You presented me with some new information. Thank you.

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  4. Great post! I used to live in Grenada for three years and certainly when I first arrived I had a bit of a culture shock, but after a few months I realised what a beautiful island it was, the locals are so friendly. I had a fantastic time, can’t wait to go back! Thanks for sharing!

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