One day in Grenada – The Plan
After sailing from Grenada through the Grenadines and Tobago Cays, we had one day in Grenada before my flight home.
There was one other person on the trip with me and our wonderful captain hooked us up with a local friend for a tour of the island at an inexpensive price.
Even though I was traveling solo, it was nice to have someone with me on the adventure.
We met our guide early in the morning and climbed into his minivan. After stopping at a local gas station to fuel up and buy some snacks, we headed out.
All was good until we left the city and headed for the hills.
The Ride through the Hills
You have to understand that Grenada does not have wonderfully paved roads like the United States.
Once you leave the downtown area, the roads are dirt and gravel, contain a good number of potholes, hairpin turns, and no guard rails.
This doesn’t deter the drivers from going at breakneck speeds. I was sitting in the back trying hard not be sick with a death grip on the side of the door. (Like that was going to save me.)
We did manage to stay on the road and there were no near misses either. The locals are used to the conditions and feel confident driving, but it’s still harrowing as a passenger.
Our guide knew we only had one day in Grenada and took us everywhere, and I mean everywhere.
I was glad when we made our first stop at a large lake. It was still morning and the sky was overcast, creating a creepy vibe.
There were a few other locals hiking along the lake and we all stopped at the small pier for pictures.
Small Towns and an Abandoned Airfield
After our short reprieve, we got back in the van and drove through small towns with corner shacks known for their rum.
It became clear this wasn’t the best day to go sightseeing since it was Mother’s Day, a big holiday in Grenada. Most of the businesses shut down so people could take their mothers out to celebrate.
Being with a local was helpful though, our guide assured us that if we wanted to stop anywhere, he could make a phone call.
I think we were both a little sickly from the crazy drive and were good with just water.
After a bit of driving, we stopped at an abandoned airfield.
We walked around for a bit admiring the old planes. About thirty minutes in, I realized there was a bull lying under the wing. He was just hanging out in the shade.
There were cows nearby, but they had long ropes to prevent them from running off. Fences aren’t common in the area so cattle are often tied.
They have the ability to wander around a large distance and get in the shade, but it was sad to see. I assume the bull was also on a rope, but didn’t get close enough to check.
The Rum Distillery
Next up was the rum distillery.
It was closed, but our friend knew his way around and we wandered freely. It was absolutely stunning.
If you only have one day in Grenada and limited time, this is a must-see item.
The outside had a look of French countryside with plants covering the front of the building. The inside looked old and run down, but it clearly still worked.
We could see the large mill wheel in the distance. It was all old school with no modern technology which is probably why the rum in Grenada is so incredible.
The entire building smelled of sugar, rum, and wood and I’m pretty sure you could get a buzz just standing there for a while.
We spent around two hours exploring and taking tons of pictures.
A Surprising Park
I was surprised when we seemed to randomly pull over while going up a hill, but there was a small trailhead leading to a beautiful park filled with plants I had never seen before, a cute path and multiple waterfalls.
There were locals near the largest waterfall.
Apparently you can give them money and they’ll dive from the top of the fall into the shallow pool below. We declined but stopped to chat with them for a bit.
The View From the Mountain Top
Loading back up in the car, we headed to the top of the mountain for great views of the water and boats below.
Our guide then drove through a nice neighborhood where the “rich” lived. You could see the stark difference from this neighborhood to the more run-down areas that peppered the rest of the island.
At the very top of the mountain is Leapers Hill. There’s a monument to the last of the native Caribs who, rather than surrender to the French, opted to jump over the precipice.
It’s a beautiful spot with a sad history.
Finishing up at the Chocolate Factory
Our final stop was the chocolate factory. This is a big deal on the island and we had heard about it throughout our trip.
The factory has tours showing how they make the chocolate, a store, an outdoor venue, walking trails, and an outdoor restaurant.
We stopped for lunch which was crowded because of the Mother’s Day celebration. There was a local band playing just outside the seating area. I was expecting reggae, but it was more pop and jazz.
After lunch, we went through the tour and spent time on the trails walking off our meal.
Of course, I bought some chocolate.
It was getting late and we needed to head back. By now we had been on the road for almost seven hours.
Our guide got us back to the boat where we met up with Captain Sam for dinner.
I left feeling that I had done everything there was to do in Grenada which made me happy.
We could have just stayed near the main resorts and downtown, but then we would have missed the incredible things that Grenada had to offer.
I’m glad I went out of my comfort zone.
Things to Note
A lot of locals will take you on a tour of the island, but make sure you get a recommendation from someone you trust. If you’re in a hotel, a concierge can assist.
If you’re prone to seasickness or car sickness, take something. Those windy roads are no joke. You can thank me later.
Load up on snacks and water downtown. Once you are up in the hills, there aren’t many places to stop.
Try to explore on a Saturday and avoid holidays. You can ask around to see if there may be any issues with your time frame.