How is Grenada?

Dec 26th, 2004, 05:35 PM
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How is Grenada?

We are interested in vacationing there - how is it since the hurricaine? are restaurants open? are the beaches ok? We've never been there. any feedback is much appreciated.
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Dec 29th, 2004, 08:48 AM
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Grenada was certainly an excellent destination before the hurricane. I understand that some hotels are back and the island is encouraging visitors, but to get more reliable information check out grenadaexplorer.com.
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Jan 19th, 2005, 02:24 PM
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Grenada is recovering well from hurricane Ivan with many things to see and do.
Beaches suffered little except to lose a few trees cutting down on the shade.
Some hotels remain closed for repair but many are open such as La Luna, Bel Air, La Sagesse, Petit Bacaye, Flamboyant,Calabash,Monmot,Tropicana,Gems Beach Resort Resort,Cinnamon Hill and Twelve Degrees North. Also cottages such as L'Anse Aux Epines and Coral Cove. In addition there is also a selection of private villas available for rent.
As regards eating out most of the hotels have their own restaurants but in addition the Nutmeg and Tout Bagay restaurants are open on the Carenage as is the Red Crab in L'Anse Aux Epines.
Other hotels and restaurants are under repair and will be reopening later.
There is plenty to see and do on the island.The island is most definately open for tourists to start visiting again.
Should you require more info please get in touch.
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Jan 19th, 2005, 10:00 PM
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Still interested in how Patrick's restaurant did? Hope that is still in business, great place for local food.
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Jan 20th, 2005, 03:31 AM
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We were in Grenada in the last week of November. The devastation is horrendous. Most trees have been affected and I don't think I saw one house that hadn't been damaged. So many of them were just completely demolished. Apparently, we were the second cruise ship to stop after the island was essentially, reopened to tourism. This is an island that was likely lovely at one time, but not any more. Our guide said that it would be years until the spice farms recovered. If you are interested in going to a lovely island, this is not it. If you are altruistic by nature and want to help rebuild the economy, then go visit. Most of the native people's income is based on the tourists.

BTW, there are many groups there helping to rebuild homes. Other Islands and Church groups were visiting and donating time in the rebuilding effort.

I don't want to scare you off, just give you a realistic view of what the island has gone through.
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Jan 24th, 2005, 11:47 AM
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Firstly I have to say that sadly Patrick's was demolished by the huuricane and has not reopened.
I must take exception to the post by Jersey whose comments are greatly exaggerated to say the least.Maybe the island has not returned to its pre hurricane position but forests are recovering, flowers are blooming and island life has returned to normality.
It is also true to say the nutmeg trees were badly affected but that is only one aspect and not the basis of a reason to stay away.
Grenada is most definately ready for tourism
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Jan 24th, 2005, 01:00 PM
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I agree that jersey's comments are greatly exaggerated.

I was just in Grenada last week, and they have made great strides in recovery in an amazingly-short time.

Yes, there is a lot of damage everywhere you turn, but there has been so much clean up and repair done, that it is quite a testament to the Grenadian people and those who helped them in their efforts.

As Grenada is one of our favorite islands, we decided to do what we could to help when we were on island for one day while on a cruise. (We plan to return for two weeks later this year.)

We took a duffle of clothing and a donation to the Red Cross, and met with the Director who proudly told us of all the things people did to help post-Ivan. Their headquarters were demolished, but they have rented new space and are hard at work. We saw several Red Cross trucks on the island while there.

We also met with Peggy Cattan - the director of the SPCA on Grenada - and toured her facility and made a donation. Their place was badly damaged as well, but the animals are all OK and the roof has been replaced.

Much of the foliage is recovering nicely - the island is green, not brown - and the market is up and running and downtown is bustling.

We did not have enough time to make it to the beach, but had a great lunch at Nutmeg and visited some neighborhoods which are all doing everything they can to help rebuild the island.

Go to Grenada - it is still an amazing place with amazing people - and right now they can use a boost to their economy more than ever.
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Jan 24th, 2005, 01:18 PM
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Welcome back, Diana! Looking forward to reading a non-cruiser's impressions of a cruise. Also glad to hear about the recovery in Grenada as we can't wait to visit there!
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Jan 24th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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I stand by what I said originally. And have the pictures to prove what I say. I make no comentary about the people there or the efforts to clean up. In fact, I find it remarkable how all have pulled together to help rebuild. My comments on the gardens were totally based upon remarks made to me by a man living on Grenada.

I have been to many islands (this was my first cruise) and think this may have been at one time lovely. But now, how can you say there is no devastation? Have they really cleaned up that much in two months? How do you regrow trees that have had branches ripped off in the space of two months? Please understand that I make no comentary on the people who lived there. I meerly am commenting on the vengance that a severe hurricane wrecked upon the island. This is not a personal attack on anyone.
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Jan 26th, 2005, 01:43 PM
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If you venture out of St. George you will see that the island is turning green again, if you haven't been before you would see a beautiful landscape and in many places would be hard pressed to know a hurricane had struck.
Anyone can pick out places where damage is evident, unfortunately the cathedral which dominates St George lost its roof as did the fire station on the Carenage at a point where many people enter Grenada but that doesn't make it a reflection of the whole island.
I travelled extensively round the island and would reiterate my earlier post that Grenada is open and well prepared for visitors-people should not be put off from coming because some high profile buildings have yet to be repaired (surely more important for people to repair their homes first).
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