Our Day on Grenada started early as I wanted to get some spices before heading to the beach.
As soon as we got off the boat we walked to the spice market. It was early and not many people were out.
I found a lady at the spice market who was wonderful to deal with. She had the first stand right along the street (see above picture of the blue and white umbrella). She was very pleasant and not pushy. I enjoyed spending time talking and getting to know her. She told me all about the spices, and what I could use them for. If you have ever been to the spice market, you know how aggressive the vendors can be. This lady could not have been any nicer. When we were finished with our purchases, we stopped at a store on our way back to the ship and saw they had nutmeg syrup. Their prices in the store were higher than what I had just purchased from the spice market. I immediately went back to the market to buy the nutmeg syrup. She was surprised, but happy to see me again.
Everything we bought was grown on the island. We ended up with an array of products including: nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, pimento, ginger, paprika, bay leaves, nutmeg syrup, cinnamon sticks, and cocoa balls. This should last me awhile. We made our way back to the ship to drop off our items and get our beach towels.
When we came back off the boat, we were directed to the water taxi. The boat ride costs $4 per person. We paid $16 cash round trip for the two of us. We paid in advance and they give us our tickets for the return trip. It’s about a 10-15 minute scenic boat ride to the beach.
You can see the fort on the hill.
When we arrived at the dock we made our way to the beach. Grand Anse Beach is two miles of soft white sand located in a sheltered bay. You can find water sport activity, scuba dive shops and restaurants along this patch of beach.
TIP: Go to the right and keep walking. The further you go the cheaper the chairs and umbrellas will be.
Walking down the beach you will encounter pushy vendors trying to rent chairs and umbrellas. The chairs and umbrellas closer to the water taxi are much higher. Keep walking until you find Lazy Days. Two chairs and beach umbrella will cost $15 (cash). The rental included the use of the toilets and free Wi-Fi. Jonathan and Mary at Lazy Days took great care of us. They brought drinks and food so you never have to leave your chair. I ordered a Pina Colada from Mary. It costs $7. It was very strong, they don’t skimp on liquor here. It does take a while to get your drinks/food, so be patient.
There is a spice market located on this section of the beach, but since I got my spices in town I did not check it out.
It was nice to have free Wi-Fi to catch up on emails and post to Instagram. We found they were having snow back home and we were laying on a beautiful beach, enjoying 80 degree weather. We wanted to really enjoy our warm weather, as we would be returning back to the cold in a couple of days.
Grand Anse Beach is gorgeous and a great way to spend the day when visiting Grenada. Don’t forget to bring plenty of sun screen as the sun is intense.
Our Day on Grenada ended much to quickly. Before we knew it was time to head back to the ship.
If you are looking for a DIY trip on Grenada on a beautiful picturesque beach, than take the water taxi to Grand Anse Beach. It’s a great way to spend the day.