Looking to do Something Different this Spicemas? Check Out These Top Five Spots
by Lou-Ann Jordan Aug 1, 2022
Grenada’s Spicemas 2022 is here!
Over the last few days, there have been several events, all seeming to build the anticipation of Carnival Monday and Tuesday. There is much excitement as Carnival enthusiasts look forward to once again flooding the streets of St. George bathed in black paint or oil, or decked in colourful costumes and shimmer.
It is an exciting time in the country. However, some may prefer to spend the two-day holiday engaging in more relaxing activities. For you, though relieved at our return to normalcy, this carnival you’re quite happy to sweet escape into nature.
As your local go-to for information, we’ve created a list of nature spots that will get take you away from it all, as you explore your country. Now, bear in mind, it may require you hop on the ferry to get to your destination or meet up a few ‘black and greasy’ Jab Jabs along the way.
Also, this list can come in pretty handy after Spicemas when looking for things to do in Grenada.
Here are our top five picks to visit if you’re seeking a quiet carnival holiday.
Morne Rouge (BBC) Beach
It’s unlikely you’ll find masqueraders making their way to this beach on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. Tucked behind Quarantine Point, it’s the perfect getaway-from-it-all site. The beach’s picturesque view, calm aquamarine waters, and soft white sand will revitalise you.
Walk with your favourite book, rent a lounge chair and soak up the sun. You can even rent a kayak and glide along the clear, shallow waters or up your game a bit and engage in SUP (Stand Up Paddle surfing).
Grand Etang Lake
Hop in your vehicle and head to Grand Etang Lake for a family picnic. With your windows down, drive along the winding curves with their welcoming, lush greenery on either side. Breathe in the crisp, clean, invigorating air and feel the tension roll off your shoulders.
Grand Etang offers seclusion and a chance for your family to enjoy some quality time together. Keep in mind that you may encounter some Spicemas action to and from the lake. Also, you’re likely to meet others who, like you, are in search of a little getaway.
AVOID IT ALL AND HEAD ACROSS TO CARRIACOU
After you get off the ferry and have had a moment to regroup, head to Paradise Beach. If you’re not familiar with the island, hire a tour guide. Located on the west coast, Paradise Beach is a long stretch of sparkling turquoise water, breaking gently against soft, white powdery sand.
You can enjoy a relaxing day on the beach while swimming in the calm, quiet waters of the Caribbean Sea. Also, you can grab your snorkelling gear and explore the underwater world. Walk with food and refreshments for the family or use the facilities on the beach to purchase meals.
No man is an island. That’s true, but for some of us, the Carnival holidays are the perfect time to seek out some seclusion. Moreover, who says having an island all to yourself is a bad thing? Live out your “castaway” fantasy; head southwestwardly to find this little island getaway. There you’ll find white sand and clear aquamarine waters that fade beautifully into navy tones.
Also, you can enjoy a bit of coral reef exploration with the family. The White Island Marine Park is vibrant with sea life, so you’re guaranteed to enjoy the snorkelling. After all that swimming, you’re sure to be hungry. However, you’ll have to hop back on the boat and head across to the mainland to find a restaurant.
Once on Carriacou, plan a family day trip to Sandy Island. The cay stands out among deserted Caribbean islands. It is a short strip of white sand and shady palm trees with calm waves gently lapping against the shore. As a marine protected area, there is currently an absence of facilities on the cay. As such, you’ll have to walk with food and refreshments.
Getting across to Sandy Island will require a boat trip. You can contact any of the local tour operators for assistance.
This Spicemas, why not revel in the beauty and serenity of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. If tranquillity is what you’re seeking, then choose from among any of those we’ve listed.
However, remember whichever site you visit, leave only footprints.
Have a safe Carnival.