Showing posts with label grenada. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grenada. Show all posts

Monday, April 1, 2013

Getting to Sandy Island

If you're not into scuba diving but find yourself on the island paradise of Grenada do yourself a favor and take a day to spend at Sandy Island. The snorkeling is amazing as is the view, the water, the sand, everything! The reef is located only feet away from this glorified sandbar and it's easy to spend an entire afternoon snorkeling and sunbathing.

Getting there ...

You will need to take the Ospry Ferry from St. George to Carricaou Island which leaves at 9am. To the best of my knowledge there is no way to pre-purchase a ticket, you buy on the dock when you get there.

HOPEFULLY you get the bigger boat, we went on a Sunday when they weren't expecting as many people so we got the smaller boat which ended up taking 3 hours get from St. George to Carriacou (sidenote, the trip out can be a little rough, if you get motion sick, I suggest taking precautions)

Once you arrive at Carriacou, take a cab to Hardwood Bar and ask for a water taxi to Sandy Island.

water taxi

arriving to Sandy Island
You are now on a glorified sandbar for the next 4 hours with no bathroom, very few people, and surrounded by too many types of fish to count.

Oh! And if you see my friend the sea turtle, tell him I say hi :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

5 Things to do on Island Tme

Grenada is a lesser-known island in the Caribbean, probably best known for scuba diving and has this really cool underwater sculpture garden for those who find enjoyment getting there oxygen out of a little tube strapped to their back while feeling simultaneously totally claustrophobic and extremely lost underwater (Oh, is that just me?)

For those more inclined to stay above water (or shallowly associated with it) Grenada is a great off-the-beaten-path island in the Caribbean to explore. There are no gigantic all inclusive resorts, and the most tourism they get is a cruise ship stopping into port for the afternoon.

So here are 5 things to do in Grenada that don't involve being in charge of your own oxygen levels

|*| Visit the Spice Market in St. George's on Saturday mornings and grab a coconut to sip on while seeing what the Isle of Spice has to offer (lots of cinnamon and nutmeg). This is also a great opportunity to wander the streets of St. George's and walk up to Fort George.

View from Fort George

|*| Visit the Annandale Waterfall, just a short drive from St. George. Here you have the opportunity to swim at the base of the falls.

|*| You'd be hard pressed to get me to pass up a rum factory tour, so that's exactly what we did! Rivers Rum factory which still uses a water wheel to crush the sugar cane! The factory is located on the top of the island, but if you're planning a stop at the seven sisters waterfall, or a vist to Lake Antoine it's not much further to the rum factory (I like seeing where my food comes from, be it a chicken, or a rum punch)

Okay, enough with all that, now comes the real reason a sane person would want to go to Grenada. The beaches! The most well recognized beach on the island is Grand Anse.

I could spend a day or seven here

Now just because this is a scuba destination, doesn't mean that those who are omg-water-petrifies-me can't enjoy some of that underwater beauty! Grenada is a great place to snorkel with reefs located just feet away from the beach that are teeming with beautiful fish. If you want to spend the day snorkeling, I would definitely recommend going to Sandy Island located off of Carriacou Island. Here are a few pics, I'll be putting up another post with the logistics of getting there!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Current Timezone: Island Time

While I don't think the slow pace of island time is anything I could ever get used to, it sure is relaxing for a few days :) and it looks like we couldn't have picked a better time to go! Look at what my family back at home woke up to vs what I woke up to!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

time for island time yet?

A buddy of mine whom we're meeting down in Grenada posted a few pictures up on Facebook and I can't help but share! I highly suggest playing the below song by the second most famous beach bum in the world in the background while you close your eyes and imagine yourself soaking up the sun ....

The only thing standing between me and a Caribbean escape is another 90 minutes of work.

Oh and packing. Always packing to be done.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Grenada > Snowquestration

Water cooler convos this week we're all about the snowquester (or Saturn as the NWS is calling it). The anticipation of 5-10" brought me down from my Grenada daydreams back to a cold reality (no fair, didn't I just get back from Moscow!?).

from Capital Weather Gang

Alas, DC has yet to really get anything but rain. So back to Grenada daydreams I go!

Grand Anse Beach, the stuff day dreams are made of
Luckily Going to a Caribbean paradise doesn't require much planning beyond which bikini and sundress to bring (answer: all of them).