May 11, 2009
Prickly Bay, Grenada
We are still enjoying Grenada and Prickly Bay. Each afternoon we meet the gang for happy hour under the almond tree. Each day everyone materializes out of nowhere at exactly five pm and sits around until the sun disappears. But fortunately, we have been venturing out to places beyond the tree.
We went to visit the Spiceland Mall which the locals kept raving to us about. They would tell us “you got to go to de mall to shop, dey have everything you need mon.” So, we were expecting a mall in the American tradition and of course we were wrong. It was really just a handful of stores, none of which really had anything useful to us as we were not shopping for candy, baby toys, soca music or prom dresses. But regardless of that, the trip was absolutely worthwhile for two reasons: 1) the mall was air conditioned 2) they had the best fresh fruit smoothie place we have ever visited. The Natures Best Smoothie bar offers tons of flavors of smoothies made out of locally grown fruit picked that day (Guava, Sour Sop, Paw Paw, Mango, Passionfruit, Melon, etc.). They are absolutely delicious and we have been back several times since our first visit. So the locals were right after all, the Spiceland Mall did have everything we needed.
We also went to a wonderful Sunday bbq at Aquarium restaurant on Magazine Beach. The setting was beautiful and the baby back ribs were perfect- sweet and spicy and so tender they fell off the bone. We spent the whole day there and lounged on the beach sipping umbrella drinks and listening to the soca band. We met a couple of LSU graduates who are living here now and attending medical school. They were so nice and even offered us the use of their showers after we told them we were living on our boat. I don’t think they realized that our boat has all of the comforts of home including hot showers.
Equally as beautiful as Magazine Beach was the La Sagesse Nature Center and Resort. This beach has a mix of black and white sands so powdery fine it feels like walking on pillows. We were the only ones on the beach that day save for our tour guide, a cute dog that belongs to the resort. The dog made sure to show us every trail and even took us to a completely separate beach that we would have never found on our own. It was fun exploring with such an enthusiastic guide. After the beach, we had lunch at the restaurant and were nearly put into a trance by the sounds of the waves rolling in and the winds swaying the palms. We were totally relaxed and didn’t even have one cocktail.
We are looking forward to seeing more of this island, as each place we have gone thus far has been spectacular. Grenada puts you in a different frame of mind, and that is one of the most special things about this island. The pace of life is slower here. Most people don’t even wear a watch. Even better, people absolutely don’t sweat the small stuff… and when you really think about it, it is all small stuff anyway. No worries. No hurries. No problem mon!