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Blue Horizons or Secret Harbor?

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Which is better for a 30ish couple to stay at? Want rest and relaxation and don't plan to rent a car but would like to be able to walk to as we much as we can or taxi if needed. Like the price of Blue Horizon but will pay extra if Secret Harbor is a nicer atmosphere. Will want to go out to dinner, are there restaurants within walking distance of either?
Blue Horizon- is it safe to walk on Grand Anse at night, and is it safe to walk back and forth between Grand Anse and Blue Horizons at night?
Secret Harbor- are there lots of crowds from cruise ships around here? Also, not yachting, will be sorely outnumbered at Secret Harbor?
Maybe I'm thinking too much but its our first trip to Grenada and I just want to make sure that we have a good time.
Thanks much.

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    Jane,

    Secret Harbour is one of the loveliest and most romantic properties on Grenada. However, given your interests, it may not be the right place for you. It is located on a peninsula in a generally upscale residential area, reachable by horrible roads, and not within walking distance of any real beaches nor any restaurants other than the one on-site. If you want to go out to dinner elsewhere, you will need to cab it.

    Of course, one of the benefits of Secret Harbour's location is that it is far away from the cruise ship crowds -- they never make it here. And while the resort is sailing-oriented (it is owned by the Moorings), the management's policy of a 5-night minimum stay has turned the resort into a destination in and of itself, rather than just the place to stay before and after your charter. Even though I stayed there as a "yachtie," I did not find too many other yachties around other than my own crew.

    I have not stayed at Blue Horizons, but am generally familiar with its location, as well as the wonderful restaurant on site. You should find other restaurants convenient as well, and little concern over walking in the Grand Anse area at night. In fact, my favorite restaurant in Grenada, Coconuts, is right on the beach, and a glorious walk before or after dinner is certainly in order. Another place to consider staying is the Flamboyant. (We have also stayed at the Grand Beach Resort, right on Grand Anse, but other than the setting, I found it a little too Holiday-Inn-like).

    I see you have a lot of concerns about Grenada, and because its a fairly un-traveled destination (part of its attraction, IMHO), you're only going to get a handful of posters to allay your concerns. I have posted my report of my last (3rd) trip to Grenada on my personal website, which may address some of your questions (www.homestead.com/islandtime/MainPage1.html), or feel free to e-mail me directly. But don't take the lack of responses as evidence of something awry.

    Good luck,
    Eva

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    Blue Horizons is the better location for what you want, and is a very nice place. You can easily walk to Grand Anse beach and the shopping area, and over the hill to Morne Rouge beach, which is quieter. There are a few restaurants within walking distance, particularly at other hotels, and I belive there are a couple of upscale restaurants elsewhere that offer complimentary transportation for dinner. The restaurant at Blue Horizons also is excellent. Keep in mind that it can be very dark if you are walking at night. Safety would not be a major concern in that area, but you shouldn't forget it either. Stay on the travelled roads. Grenada is a beautiful island with freindly people and quite a lot of things of interest; do take the time to do a bit of touring.

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