Diamond Chocolate (www.jouvaychocolate.com) is open to visitors for free tours that include a tasting. The farmer-owned factory occupies a former rum distillery built by French monks in the eighteenth century.
Make sure to stock up in the gift shop at the end of the tour, as not only does the bright packaging mean these make excellent gifts, but it is some of the most delicious chocolate you will ever taste, so you will want plenty in your pantry once you return home.
Lunch on an Estate
Belmont Estate (www.belmontestate.net) is an agritourism attraction located about one hour’s drive from St George’s.
Lunch is served daily in the restaurant which is open to the cooling breeze; first course and dessert are brought to the table whilst the main course is buffet-style serving dishes made with local spices and fresh ingredients from Belmont and surrounds.
Pop into the recently-opened chocolate factory – Belmont Estate is one of Grenada’s five tree-to-bar producers and makes four different bars – as the final stage of the cocoa journey: see cocoa on the trees and follow it through fermentation, drying, ‘walking’ the cocoa…and tasting. Belmont also makes goats cheese, and you can see the goats as you walk about.
River Antoine Distillery opens Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. It’s advisable to visit in the morning as it’s more likely that the waterwheel will be turning.
Tours with a guide are free, as are samples of the rums. ‘Rivers’ is synonymous with rum for islanders – there is a popular saying in the north of Grenada “DON’T SAY RUM, SAY RIVERS” – and the overproof rum is too strong to take on a plane, so must be enjoyed in Grenada! The process to make rum has barely changed since the 1800s, and this is the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean.
Buy a bottle or two of the punch, which was incredibly well-priced.
Caribbean Horizons (www.caribbeanhorizons.com) offers an island tour day trip (6.5 hours) that includes a refreshing dip at Concord Falls (take swimwear and a towel); learning about island spices at Dougaldston Estate, a former spice plantation; Diamond Chocolate Company; lunch at Belmont Estate; and the Grand Etang rainforest, which offers hikes for walking enthusiasts to try.
Price depends on group size but starts around £40 per person.
Grenada is packed with delicious food options, from more affordable ‘home style’ cooking to fine dining.
Definitely make a stop at Patrick’s Home Style Restaurant. Owner Karen provided Jamie Oliver with a traditional recipe for his show Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast. Portions are large and the vibe is casual.
Sign your name on the wall at BB’s Crabback (www.bbscrabbackrestaurant.com), serving Caribbean cuisine right on the water.
For a meal in a stunning setting, head to La Belle Creole at the Blue Horizons hotel (www.grenadabluehorizons.com). Lush gardens and unspoilt beaches are framed by the romantic arched architecture. Bird watchers will want to take some binoculars and spot the 27 species of bird at the resort.
For more information about Grenada visit www.PureGrenada.com. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both offer two flights each week from London Gatwick to Grenada, with fares starting from £578 return with at ba.com/grenada.
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