Since St. Vincent I have been traveling with a Norwegian ferry, a mailboat, a school boat and a couple of sail boats. It was when I first got to Grenada that I had to board another flight again to continue my journey down to Trinidad.
Grenada has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful capitals in the Caribbean, and pretty it was walking up and down steep hills with colorful houses and clock towers in every direction, but it was busy and commercial. Maybe it was because of a huge cruiseship with thousands of passengers that was to shore or because of the American University right on Grand Anse Beach that made it seem that way. The fact that they had a mall right by the beach with restaurants such as KFC, PizzaHut etc did not help either.
But- it is all for a reason. Grand Anse beach was, I dare say, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Carribean. It was a clean, long stretching beach, very much like seven mile beach in Jamaica and Carlisle Bay in Barbados which was good for a dip and a powernap.
The highlight of Grenada though was to snorkel at Moliniere Bay Underwater Museum. I first thought of swimming and finding the statues myself, but ended up paying 40EC (15U$D) to a local called Mafa who took me out to see all of them. Im really glad I did, as most of them lay pretty deep and it was good to have a boat to cling on to when gasping for air afterwards.
Watch this on my vlog, episode 7 here.
At the lion fish barbeque in Carriacou I was so lucky to meet Anne-Laure and Amaury who were going to sail down to Grenada the next morning and let me hitch a ride with them.
Compared to other boats I have been on, I must say that theirs, la Orana was the most relaxed which I thought was really nice. Sailing started after we had all had some coffee and cigarettes- and it was a smooth sail from then until we reached Grenada almost seven hours later. There were probably more adjustments that could be made to get even higher speed, but instead we just relaxed, had some beer and a good pasta salad that Anne had made and passed the time talking.
Anne and Amaury were living and working on the boat together with their four kids who were well adapted to the routines on the boat and eager to help out with the sailing. It seemed like a way healthier life for kids at sea, being outdoors and learning practical skills that a normal class room would not have tought them. Seeing this kind of gave me the inspirational feeling I had after watching the movie Captain Fantastic where I asked myself why not more families chose to adapt a more alternative lifestyle.
Their kids Aurore, Maxime and Xavier in charge of the flags
We had been lucky with winds and except for some currents that made the kids a bit nauseous, we had the best possible day sailing. After this experience I felt like I could fully understand the famous expression “it’s all about the journey… not the destination”
The frenchies started their trip in Marseille and have been sailing for over a year now. You can follow their journey on (in French): www.larguons.com
Grenada is known for being one of the most developed places in the Caribbean, but the countries two smalles islands “Petit Martinique” and “Carriacou” are the oposite.
I spent three nights at a couchsurfing host in Carriacou and imagine it being what most Caribbean islands was like about 50 years ago- super laid back and relaxed with few shops, restaurants or people who want your money.
Carriacou is off the gringo trail, even though it has green hills for good hiking, some of my favorite beaches and clear water and healthy reef for diving. My couchsurfing host was a dive instructor and we both were invited to go lionfish hunting with the new Dive Carriacou center that was opening that day. I cought a small one, but all together we cought over 30 lionfish which was used to put together a barbeque for everyone who wanted to come. Lots of people from the sailboats showed up to eat the tasty creatures that are so damaging to so many eco systems. If wvery dive center would arrange a hunt and barbeque this might not have been a global problem any more- just sayin!
Next trip has just been booked and in one month I will set off on a trip with the goal to visit every country in the Carribean!
Im keeping my trip exactly 90 days to be covered by my credit card Insurance with Bank Norwegian, I will visit 19 new countries with 11 of them being Carribean Islands:
Bahamas: November 8th on a day Trip from Miami
Jamaica November from 10th to 16th of November
Antigua & Barbuda from 16th to 18th of November
St.Kitts & Nevis from 18th to 19th of November
Dominica from 19th to 23rd of November
Barbados from 23rd to 24th of November
St.Lucia from 24th to 26th of November
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Grenada from 26th of Nov- 5th of Dec
Trinidad & Tobago from 5th – 11th of December
Suriname to Guyana from 11th to 17th of December
Mexico, Belize Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua between 18th of December and 19th of January
Haiti to Dominican Republic from January 19th to February 2nd
I’ve just ordered a know roaming global SIM to log my travels on the way, so stay tuned!