Belmont Estate & The Grenada Chocolate Company#6 in Best Things To Do in Grenada
The Belmont Estate stands as just one of Grenada's many popular spice tours for those interested in learning about the island nation's rich flavors. This 300-year-old plantation specializes in such spices as ginger, pimento, turmeric, and nutmeg. While visiting the estate, you can see how these spices are processed, and wander through the 400-acre property's gardens, museum, and goat milk farm. And when the savory aromas start to make your tummy rumble, you can grab a bite to eat at the Belmont Estate restaurant.
If you've got a sweet tooth, plan to take a factory tour of the Grenada Chocolate Company. This modest cocoa processing center churns out organic chocolate bars that are sold all over the world. While touring the factory, you'll see how this delectable treat is made, from the cracking of cocoa pods to the pouring and molding of creamy chocolate. Recent visitors praise the factory's free samples and suggest buying sweets from the gift shop. According to one TripAdvisor user, "You can buy chocolate bars on site. I was glad to see that we can order more online, we've already eaten all of the ones that we brought home!"
You'll find the Belmont Estate and the Grenada Chocolate Company on the northeast side of Grenada Island, about an hour's drive from St. George's. Recent visitors note that the site can be hard to find, so make sure you're armed with directions before you set out. Both the Belmont Estate and the Grenada Chocolate Company are open every day except Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting in November, 2012, Belmont Estate will offer combined tours of the estate and the Chocolate Company for around $175 XCD (roughly $65 USD), including lunch. For now, guided tours of the individual establishments cost $10 XCD (approximately $4 USD) per person. For additional information, visit Belmont Estate's website and the Grenada Chocolate Company's website.
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#1 St. George's
Many travelers that have wandered the narrow streets of St. George's say that it's almost like walking through an oil painting. The vivid, brightly painted houses exude an aura of colonialism. In fact, Grenada's capital city—located on Grenada Island's southwestern shore—has earned the unofficial title of the most beautiful harbor town in the Caribbean.
Devote an hour or two to exploring St. George's marina (known as the Carenage), where you'll find plenty of restaurants serving up local cuisine with a side of spectacular views. But there's much more to this city than its postcard-worthy appearance. St. George's serves as a great place to get a whirlwind introduction to Grenadian culture. Discover the islands' colonial history at Fort Frederick and Fort George and learn about local spices at Market Square.
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