We are, of course, partial to the north of Grenada - although just one hour from the capital, St. George's, the north of Grenada and Sauteurs are a step back in time to a quieter Caribbean.
Sauteurs is the hub of the north of Grenada, with banks, a post office, supermarkets, and weekly market days. If you want a slow start to your holiday, start with our beaches - with several to choose from within walking distance, everyone has their favourite. Or venture a bit further with your activities and visit the spice plantation Dougaldston Estate near Gouyave, learn the history of Amerindian stone carvings at Duquesne or Mt. Rich, the rum distillery at River Antoine with its water wheel from 1785 (still in use), or go to a plantation for a Grenadian-style three course lunch.
The north of Grenada also boasts award winning organic chocolate production, a nutmeg receiving station where you can see all of the steps towards getting your spice for the garnish on the rum punch, award winning spring water bottling, and natural goat cheese production.
Yet a short trip away, on the east coast, you will find Grenville, a busy little city, and your starting point for a trip inland to the rainforest. Or continue down the east coast to the Royal Mt. Carmel waterfalls or some of the protected bays and beaches, or for a visit to Laura Herb and Spice garden. Down the west coast past Gouyave, you can continue on to Concord Falls for a hike and a dip. And of course at least one day must be spent in St. George's, exploring the market and marvelling at all of the tourists! (In Sauteurs, you are more likely to be treated as a visitor than a tourist.)
Most of all, during your visit you should enjoy the natural beauty of this lovely island, with whale watching from your own balcony from February through May, trips to several nearby beaches, turtle nesting and hatching at Levera Beach from April through July, and guided hikes with Telfor Bedeau along back roads or the coast, to sulphur springs or into the rain forest. And don't miss the entertainment of Carnival in August, the beach parties at Bathway at Christmas and Easter, Fish Friday (every Friday) in Gouyave or the St. Mark's Food Fest (last Saturday of every month) in Victoria. It's all happening in the north!
For lots of information about Grenada, there is a new guide book by Paul Crask.
For a map of Grenada see skyviews.com
For information about Grenadian organic chocolate see www.grenadachocolate.com
For information about turtles see www.oceanspirits.org