West Grenada Mountain Rain Forest
Travel through St George’s, Grenada’s capital city. You’ll probably find that ‘city’ is a slight misnomer for this quaint town with its red-tiled roofs and aromatic spice markets. Taking the western main road, you’ll pass through the villages of Grand Mal and Happy Hill before arriving at Beauséjour Bay, where the United States frogmen came ashore during the military intervention in 1983. From Beauséjour, the drive continues through Brizan, Concord, Marigot and Grand Roy en route to the Dougaldston Spice Estate. Stop at this historical monument, which depicts an integral facet of Grenada’s past. Continue to Gouyave—Grenada’s fishing village, known by the locals as ‘the town that never sleeps’. You’ll take the spectacular Belvedere Road through verdant growth of cocoa, nutmeg, banana and spices to the shimmering Grand Etang Lake, located in the central part of the island. This cobalt blue lake lies in the crater of an extinct volcano, a breathtaking 1,900 feet above sea level. Enjoy a refreshing drink at the Visitor Center. The descent brings you past magnificent hanging carpets of green mountain fern and through the quaint village of Vendome to Annandale. Disembark the coach for a short but steep walk to a green paradise of rushing water and hanging ferns. At Annandale, you’ll see some of Grenada’s 450 species of flowering and medicinal plants. The tour continues through the villages of Snug Corner, Beaulieu, and Tempe, and up Marrast Hill to Fort Frederick, 800 feet above sea level. This vantage point offers a panoramic view of the horseshoe-shaped harbor, Fort George, the picturesque city and Richmond Hill Prisons. The construction of Fort Frederick was started by the French in 1779, and finished by the English in 1783. It is believed that the chain of forts—Fort Matthew, Fort Lucas, Fort Adolphus and Fort Frederick—is inter-connected by a network of underground tunnels. Certainly the large underground cisterns that held water for Her Majesty’s troops are still in use today. Return to the St George’s pier via Lowther’s Lane.