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Grenada Updated
06 April 2012
The passage from Fortaleza to Grenada was one of the best yet. We allowed twelve days but, due to good winds and a strong current, completed it in nine. It was a beam reach much of the way, with the exception of a couple of days of strong winds and squalls. Along the way, we crossed the equator back into our home hemisphere and entered the Caribbean.
We arrived early in the morning into Le Phare Bleu Marina and Resort on the southeastern side of Grenada. The marina was first class, the type we hadn't seen since Australia. Grenada is a very yacht friendly country and keeps a customs office at the marina, which made clearing in quick and easy. It was a stark difference from the running around and waiting required in Brazil.
Grenada isn't a big island, only about 10 miles by 20, so we decided to rent a car to get an idea of the area. All foreigners must have a local license to drive, so the rental company drove us to the local police station. Ten minutes and $20 later, we were licensed drivers. If only our DMV's could function like that. However, what our country lacks in DMV efficiency, Grenada lacks in road signs. We saw almost none the entire day of driving, which made for tricky navigation. There are no posted speed limits, just unmarked speed bumps lurking in unexpected places. After a few wrong turns, we made our way to the Belmont Estate, a cocoa plantation in the northern part of the island. The folks there gave an interesting tour, which showcased their traditional processing techniques and offered a chocolate tasting.
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Driving around Grenada showed us the huge difference between the touristy St. Georges and the poorer, more traditional fishing villages.
After spending a few days in anchorages on the southeaster coast of Grenada, we sailed around to an anchorage situated between St. George's Harbor and Grand Anse, on the west side. St. George's is the capitol of Grenada and a major tourist hub, with cruise ships stopping almost every day.
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St. George's
Grand Anse is a beautiful two-mile long beach area with a slightly more laid back feeling. It also happens to be home to an IGA supermarket, filled with the kind of food that we hadn't seen in months, if not since we left the States. We spent a couple of days checking out the area and then pulled up the hook and sailed north for the island of Carriacou, at which we are currently anchored.
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Tyrell Bay
Carriacou is a comparatively quiet island, but immensely popular with cruisers. We anchored for a night in Tyrell Bay and then moved to Sandy Island, across from the main town of Hillsborough. Sandy Island is literally a strip of sand no longer than 300 yards and is part of a maritime preserve. The snorkeling was fantastic.
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We checked out the next day and are now working our way through St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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