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Trip report Grenada Blue Horizons

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My wife and I just returned from Grenada last Monday. I thought I would contribute to this board.

We stayed at the Blue Horizons. A truly wonderful place.The rooms was quite nice with a small kitchenette. We had no problems and would certainly return. Arnold Hopkins Owner/Manager) and his staff were great. Arnold is truly a gentlemans gentleman. A quiet contemplative individual. We were invited to he and his brother (Royston) Monday night cocktail soiree and had a wonderful time. This was certainly a nice touch of personal service. Fun was had by all (about 100 people.)

Restaurants - Well we certainly enjoyed the fine dining at the Belle Creole, Brown Sugar, Beach House and the Spice Island Resort.It was pricey (230EC to 300EC) but was very well received. Especially the SIR....a grand meal was had by all.We also ate at the Nutmeg (get there before lunch time or dinner time as it gets full quickly), the Boulangerie(quite enjoyed the pasta), Le Chateau (good choice for quick lunches, light dinners) and the University Anse Beach Campus (inexpensive, good local food with lots of 'provisions'. The latter restuarants were no where as pricey as the former.

Groceries were easly accessable at the SpiceIsland Mall. A short 10 minute walk from BH. Again, some surprises on prices but the inexpensive rum made up for any price shock.

Shopping - Well, not much really. Grenada does not really seem geared up for the tourist shopping that other islands are. However, we did purchase many spices, necklesses and other sundry 'local' crafts. You just don't go to Grenada for the shopping
experience. For the men out there who fear the waiting around while the spouse spends
hours browsing.....this is mecca. My wife was never in one store more than 15 minutes.

Touring - We went on the all day tour of the west and north areas with Henry's tours. We had a bright young personable lad named Ernest. He was very knowledgable and accommodating of our wishes. He took the time to let us sample fruit along the way.We went to a spice factory, nutmeg factory, rum distillery, carib leap and lunch and an old
plantation house. Great time. We also took the 6 hour east coast, south area tour.
Again, well organized.With both tours we were able to see most of the island.

Grand Anse Beach - Yes it is great and uncrowded. My wife and I are still debating how it compares to Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos (Grand Anse had more shade) or Cane Garden Bay/Smugglers Cove on Tortola. Myself, I rank Grand Anse third.Having said that it really is difficult to find any fault with Grand Anse, simply a matter of preference.

Hagglers - Sure they do walk by as your sitting on the beach. However, they are polite and not aggressive at all. A simply courtious interaction, no thank you I am not
interested and they were on their way. Not a problem. In fact, I quite enjoyed talking to some of them.

Summary - Grenadians are truly some of the nicest people I have met. They are somewhat shy at first but can get going once the conversation turns to there home land.They are engaging and quite informative.We met one (yes one) rude individual but I think he was under the influence of something or other. Take the time, people, to interact with the locals. They are just as interested in you. I was surprised at how close the family unit is and how well they take care of and support the youth. Refreshing to be sure. All in all, we will return. I can't say that about all islands (perhaps 15) that we have been to. Grenada ranks high on our books.

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