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Posted 05 Nov, 2014 | 8 Comments
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In just two days we’re leaving Grenada. This has been our home since April 2, 2014 and it truly has felt like home. We were able to unpack our backpacks and actually hang up our clothes in a closet! We made some fantastic friends and we had sweet Spare Dog to take care of, who showed us great love in return.

There are so many things to do in Grenada, and during 7 months, we didn’t get to see them all. Honestly, we don’t feel ready to leave. Perhaps this will be a place that we return to again and again (Update: we returned two more times!).

So, what did we get up to these past seven months? Let’s check it out…

We lazed on sandy stretches, hung-out at beach bars, packed picnics to enjoy at secluded beaches, and gazed in awe at the stunning sunsets from our favourite spots.

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Sunset at Grand Anse, Morne Rouge Beach, Hog Island, Driftwood Beach

We took Spare Dog anywhere and practically everywhere! He loves going for car rides and seeing new places.

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Spare Dog all over the island

We hiked through the mud to reach chilly waterfalls, wandered along rocky points while enjoying beautiful views and walked through thick jungle to arrive at our favourite secret coves.

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7 Sisters Waterfall, Driftwood Beach, St. David’s point, Grand Etang NP and Fort Jeudy Point

We visited age-old plantations, chocolate factories, rum distilleries and spice gardens.

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Grenada Chocolate, Belmont Estate, River Antoine Rum Distillery, Laura Spice Garden

We snorkelled in the deep blue sea, sailed up and down the island’s coast and went scuba diving to see sunken ships.

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Snorkelling, sailing with Footloose Tours and scuba diving with Dive Grenada

We placed our bets at a hermit crab race, participated in our first hash and listened to a band play music from a barge out on the water at a dinghy concert.

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Hashing, betting on crabs and a dinghy concert!

We ate delicious meals at some great restaurants with amazing views, while drinking the local beers, Carib & Stag.

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Carib Beer at Umbrellas, Prickly Bay, Petit Bacaye

We visited the colourful capital city of St. George’s on numerous occasions to shop, eat and enjoy the historical sites.

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Beautiful St. George’s

We enjoyed Roseanne’s fabulous BBQ and Ronda’s ice cream nearly every week!

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The best chicken and pork on the island…with cookies & cream ice cream for dessert!

We danced, drank and were in awe (and shock!) at our first Carnival celebration.

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Crazy colours, costumes and dancing at Carnival

We had beach cook-outs, double dates and fun days with some fabulous people.

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With Amanda and Darryl, a cook-out, LionFish Lime

We sampled tropical fruits fresh from the trees on our property, tried our first “oil-down” and snacked on rotis.

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Roti, starfruit and oil-down

We went cycling around the south of Grenada and deep-sea fishing!

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Deep Sea Fishing with True Blue Sportfishing and Cycling with Mocha Spoke

We drove up and down and all around while exploring this windy, mountainous country.

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A drive around the island takes a whole day with stops, even longer if you take your time

…and if all of this wasn’t enough, we went to the neighbouring islands in the Grenadines for 3 weeks to celebrate my 30th birthday! We island-hopped from Grenada up the Grenadines chain of islands, visiting Carriacou, Union, Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Mayreau and Bequia.

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The best 30th Birthday ever!

There are many more things that we did while in Grenada, this list could go on and on. For such a small country, it really packs a lot of punch and we had some very memorable times here.

Farewell Grenada

Grenada will forever hold a special place in our hearts. It’s the first country where we successfully lived as digital nomads , the place of our very first overseas pet-sitting job and a country that gave us some much-appreciated joy, relaxation and peace for 7 fabulous months. We had some great experiences here and are glad that we met Spare Dog and all of the other wonderful people that we have come to know and love.

What Does The Next Chapter Hold?

We feel that our next move really encompasses everything that we’re all about, and includes all of the things that we realized from living in Grenada.

We plan to fly from Grenada to Puerto Vallarta, then take a local bus to the small surfing town of San Pancho. Our friends Dan & Casey recommended this town to us, with a population of about 2,000 people and located right on the water, we feel that this quaint Mexican town will be the perfect place for us to rent an apartment for a while.

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We loved our trip to Mexico at the beginning of 2014

After 4.5 years on the road, this is the year that our families are finally coming to visit us abroad! My dad came to see us here in Grenada in August, and during our upcoming stay in San Pancho, four members of Nick’s family will be coming to visit at various times, and my mom will be coming as well.

We plan to stay in our temporary Mexican home for 2 months, at least. We really want to try to learn Spanish and continue with our happy, stress-free lifestyle! After that, we may go to another part of Mexico, or make our way further south into Central America and South America. Who knows, maybe we’ll come back to Grenada for a bit?!…

Thank you everyone for following our journey in Grenada. Stay tuned to see what we get up to next!

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A 7 Month Round-Up of Grenada

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Dariece is a co-founder of Goats On The Road, and together with her best friend, travel partner and love of her life, Nick, she’s been travelling the world since 2008…experiencing some of the least visited corners of our planet. She loves meeting new people and learning about the unique cultures of our world. Her advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider and Forbes.

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8 thoughts on “A 7 Month Round-Up of Grenada…and Upcoming Plans!

  1. Looks like great times! Those Caribbean festivals can get crazy, I remember going to a whole bunch in Montreal back when I was a single guy. Lots great floats and nice outfits 🙂
    Spare Dog is a real cutie – had a dog in Zambia called Simba. They could pass for brothers.
    Nice post, house sitting something we have to try out someday.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    1. Hey Frank,

      Ya, we were really surprised at the Carnival festival actually…didn’t realize it was so sexual! It was a lot of fun though, loved the colours, the costumes and the music 🙂 Aw, I would love to see a picture of Simba! We miss Spare Dog a lot, he was an awesome friend. Definitely look into house sitting, it’s a great way to travel!

      Thanks for the comment and happy trails.

  2. Sounds like an epic 7 months. I’m sure you guys will be sad to leave Grenada (and Spare!). But your upcoming plans sound really exciting. I’ve heard great things about San Pancho. Happy travels!

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