Just returned from CCC on a 2 week holiday over the New Year period. Bliss!
This was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had.
Tranquility: CCC is the most peaceful place you can imagine to just chill out for a week or 2. This is tucked away on its own cove with its own beach and own jetty. Totally peaceful, just listen to the waves lapping in, and at night the insects and tree frogs chirping. Day time is enhanced by the birds twittering. Not many other residents at the place so not much competition for the beach. You can easily have it to yourself. Pool is little more popular with any small families/couples.
View: The photos on their website are not flattering merely factual. In fact I think I came out with some better ones. Basically you get a beautiful view out of the cove into Mt Hartman bay, of blue water and the headland coming round. Makes you want to chill out and just enjoy it!
Staff: Very friendly and helpful - can't fault them. Cleaning is done thoroughly every morning , unless YOU want to skip a morning or come back later, for a lie in. There is a bookshelf in reception to exchange books if you are a bookworm. Staff are happy to help out where they can with advice and gave us some good tips.
Equipment: This is where CCC looses a part of a star - Kitchen has very basic utensils for a self catering. Do not expect to cook anything that can't be cooked in some very basic saucepans or frying pans and a toaster. Perfectly adequate for breakfasts and cooking things like pasta but not much more. Shower was good, and beds were comfortable and every thing worked fine. Mosquito nets would be a plus too. Most nights there is a breeze which pushes the mozzies inland but when the breeze drops you get munched to death as you don't have nets. Stay under your sheet at all costs!
Maintenance: Pool and Gardens are very well maintained as is the beach. Overall the cottage was well maintained but we had big problems with ants in the cottage. The cleaner did her best but as the cottage is a bit rustic it is near impossible to prevent the ants getting in. We had ants in the kitchen constantly and had to keep all food in the fridge and clean up religiously to keep them under control. We had ants in our wardrobe which meant we had to keep clothes in plastic bags (I think the ants didn't like plastic bags) and put ant power everywhere to stop them infesting our clothes. I lost one brand new top which had lots of holes eaten into it by the ants. Before this we had to shake out all our clothes in case they had ants in before we put them on. A big headache and this is where CCC looses its star. I know ants are part of the wildlife and the Caribbean but I feel there was more that CCC could do in the prevention measures. But they didn't spoil our time at CCC, but it would get 5 stars without the ant problem.
The Mosquito grilles on the windows are starting to decay too and could do with being replaced. I think they were doing this on some appartments already - hopefully they do on the cottages too. The mozzies also got in via some huge (4 foot by 3 inches) holes under the roof too which didn't help. Spraying each evening is the best defence.
Location: Very good for a chill out life. Not good for active clubbers or families with active children that want everything on their doorstep. You really should have a car, but if you love walking and just want to chill on the beach for the week then you could probably get by without one, with an occasional taxi!
It is a safe 25 mins walk to the nearest food/bar at Prickly bay Marina (Good bar and the best Pizza place). 35 mins walk (5 mins car) to Lanse Aux Pines with good places.
Wildlife: Quite frankly I think most guests did not notice the wildlife in CCC but there is quite a bit. Ospreys fish morning noon and sunset at the beach in CCC. Magnificent Frigate birds overhead, Crabs on the beach, Pipe fish and other fish in the sea and the coral/seaweed. Great Blue heron seen flying along the beach at about 4.30 several times. Red necked pigeons and ground doves flying through occasionally. Regular and frequent birds are tropical mocking birds and bananaquits who sometimes came in the cottage! Blue headed humming birds flitting about occasionally. We heard a night heron a few times too. Lizards and nocturnally vocal tree frogs and cicadas(bugs) are in abundance too. Lots of Ants.
Other places to see La Sagesse: lizards, humming birds, and other birds including ospreys, king birds, egrets.
Mt Hartman: Grenana dove, chicken hawk (buzzard type), Grackle.
Point salines: Smooth billed ani.
Lake at Grand Etang: Osprey, Broad winged Hawk, Mongooses, little blue heron, great blue heron.
True blue bay: egrets, herons, king birds, doves, humming birds.
Tufton Hall: Little blue heron.
Anywhere: King birds, bananquits, tropical mockingbirds, egrets on the roadside.
Dangers in Grenada: Bus drivers! That's it! (See driving section below). Other than that Grenada is very safe and friendly. All locals are chilled, respectful, friendly and willing to help, unlike some other notorious carib islands.
Toursim: Tourism is low key and not in your face. Please help keep it that way! By the Cruise port in St Georges is the busiest place and probably the place you will be most hassled as a tourist. Treat potential "leech" tour guides with respect but caution there. Elsewhere we did not find this a problem, it was just spooky (but SOOO refreshing) that everyone is so friendly.
Bus drivers - They are mental and will pull over/out without warning. Give them a very wide berth and expect the unexpected!
Using the horn. This is either a short pip or pip-pip. It can mean anything! Hello, thanks, after you, see you later, Coming through! I'm about to do something crazy!
Roads: Rent a 4WD! They are proud of the roads because apparently they used to be real bad. They still have lots of potholes and the west cost road may have half fallen into the sea on a blind corner! Don't let this put you off as getting out of the south corner is really great and you get to see the other great parts of Grenada. Just drive with respect and take it easy. If it is dark and wet, stay close to home unless you are confident.
Beach: Very quiet and tranquil, the coral is more like seaweed rather than a nature documentary. Jetty is even more tranquil. oarse golden sand with chunks of dead coral. Some small spiky black sea urchins. Birds twittering in the trees giving many shady patches overhead. There was a max of 4 people on the 200m beach - Lovely! Snorkling in the coral was OK but not great(apparently from another guest).
IMO, Good places are: Pizza place in Prickly bay marina, Lanse Aux Epines: Gaths(@ Monmots hotel), Red crab (best place to eat in LAP),. Other places: Aquarium (near airport), La Sagesse, De Big Fish (TrueBlue bay - a bit loud but good food and cocktails).
Bad places: Dodgy Dock bar - poor service, average food and loads of flies.
Weather: we went from new Year for 2 weeks. We had 2 big downpours in 2 weeks plus a few 5 minutes showers. Otherwize sun and fluffy clouds. Temp from about 24-32 degrees from night to day. Take some sun-slap and use it. The breeze at CCC (probably 15 mph on average) is a god-send and cools you off nicely. The same temperature in Prickly bay feels much hotter and more uncomfortable.
Recommend for: Couples, seniors, anyone wanting to just chill out.
Not recommend for: disabled, active families, parties, someone wanting all inclusive or everything nearby.
Best points: Chill out factor of CCC and Grenada. Food, breeze and beach at CCC. Friendliness of Grenadian people.
Bad points: Ants, hassle in St Georges, Dodgy Dock Bar.
Would we go back? You bet! To both Grenada and CCC.
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