Sea Moss in St George

Perhaps it the horse-shoe shaped harbour, or the Georgian architecture, or maybe a combination of many elements, but St George, the capital of Grenada, is considered to be one of the most attractive cities in a region which abounds with beautiful places.

Located in the south eastern Caribbean, Grenada is located near Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela and is a close neighbour of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
St George is by no means a large city, the entire population of Granada is just 110,000, and the city of St George boasts just six sets of traffic lights.

Despite that overburdening of traffic lights, St George is a great place to see on foot, and one of the best places to start your own little tour is in Market Square.

Market Square does boast a very colourful history as it was once used as a place for public executions and trading slaves. These days life in the Square is a little less daunting as the only thing being executed there these days is sales of produce from the farmers and spice vendors who ply their trade to locals and tourists alike.

Spice is abundant on the island as Grenada is one of the world’s biggest exporters of nutmeg and spice.

Despite St George being a very pretty town it has seen its fair share of disaster too. As fires nearly wiped out the whole town in both 1771 and 1775 and in 1961 the Italian liner Bianca C caught fire in St George Harbour, but thanks to the bravery of local residents many lives were saved. Today a statue called Christ of the Deep commemorates the bravery of those who risked all to save the lives of others.

If walking is not your thing, then you can enjoy seeing the sights of St George from on board the Grenada Discovery Train. The tinkling sound of the little bells throughout the city will alert you that the Grenada Discovery Train is approaching. This sightseeing trolley, inspired by a 1960’s steam locomotive, offers tours throughout the town.

You shouldn’t really visit St George without touring the forts. There are four forts which face the harbour, and although the forts may face the harbour, their cannons didn’t. For some reason, these forts were built back to front so offered little protection of the harbour.

One of these was used as a lunatic asylum, and it still possesses some intriguing 18th century features such as century bathrooms, army kitchens and cells used to restrain the violently insane. You can also still explore some of the underground tunnels, powder magazines and cisterns.

Grenada has a warm climate, so you should quench your thirst with a drink. An unusual, but popular, local drink is called `sea moss’, so called because one of its ingredients is a local seaweed. It not only refreshes but must also do you some good as the locals will all tell that a nice shot of `sea moss’ will work wonders on you.

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