I say Grenada, you say Granada. Exploring the Spice island and its underwater sculpture park.

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Actually, if you say Granada, you’re wrong. It is Grenada, but locals are used to people saying the name incorrectly.  Grenada the most southern of the windward islands, is known as the spice island. In fact, Grenada produces almost half of the world’s supply of nutmeg.

The spice island has seen it’s fair share of hard times in the recent past.  In October 1983 following a coup that established a Cuba friendly socialist government, the island was invaded by the United States and a coalition of Carribean states. The invasion destroyed the airport and much of the island’s infrastructure.

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The two photos above are of the capital city St. George’s
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St. George’s Church The church said on a hill in the city of the same name and can be seen from anywhere in the city.

Just after getting rebuilt from the invasion, the island was hit by two consecutive hurricanes. Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Emily in 2005. Between them, 90% of the homes on the island were destroyed.

Despite these hardships, the spirit of the island remains upbeat in most people  The invasions and the hurricanes are behind them I was told.

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The volcanic soil and frequent rain create a rich soil for crops. I toured a farm that had a sample garden of some of their crops, 

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This is a nutmeg warehouse where the nuts are laid out to dry before they are processed.
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This combination waterfall/swimming hole was a nice respite from the tropical heat.
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Locals were having a street fair on the day I visited. 

Grenada’s underwater sculpture park is amazing. The sculptures start at about twelve feet so some of the shallower ones are accessible for snorkelers.  The sculpture below is at about fourteen feet.

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The sculptures serve several purposes. Tourism and aesthetics are certainly two major ones but also the serve as an artificial reef. The statues will eventually be reclaimed by the sea. this statue of Jesus is already starting the process. 

Several tour operators offer a combination island circle/ sculpture park package. The one we took was around 100.00 USD. The island uses the East Caribbean Dollar which is about 2.7 ECD to 1USD but most merchants accept and even prefer US Dollars.

 

4 Replies to “I say Grenada, you say Granada. Exploring the Spice island and its underwater sculpture park.”

  1. I’v noticed artificial reefs being used in several places. It’s certainly one good way to help maintain those vital habitats. Plus I’m a scaredy cat and prefer the shallow snorkelling waters 😉 😄

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    1. Hi Kim thanks for posting. One of the nice things about the statue park is that the depths vary. Starting at six feet going to 25ft. Most are around 12ft. The water is clear enough to see them from the surface. Snorkeling for me is a lot harder than it looks. I keep getting water in my mask.

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      1. Hahaha. That was my problem too the first time I tried it. I’ve promised myself to try again, especially as my son is getting interested too. I’m not ready for the deep diving stuff yet!

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