Joseph Gaylord owns and operates the boutique hotel Twelve Degrees North with eight or ten lovely suites. The property is beautifully situated and maintained on a lovely private beach on Prickly Bay about a ten minute drive from the airport and a twenty minute drive from downtown St George. There is a lovely wooden dock and a long pier with a cabana that stretches out into the harbor. In front a constantly shifty tableau of sail boats sail by or rock anchored in the cooling breezes. There is a lovely pool, kayaks, surfboards, and a Sun Fish sailboat at the disposition of the guest at no additional charge. By walking down the steps at the end of the pier you are immediately surrounded by the reef.
Our flight was late but Joe had uncomplainingly waited an hour at our suite door to greet us and let us in well past ten pm. Awaiting us in our refrigerator were fresh made sandwiches, a pot of homemade callilou soup and bottle of rum punch complements of Joe. That was only the beginning. The next day Joe personally drove us around, showing us where the local food stores were, how to find the bank, some nice local restaurants, and drove us to a superb out of the way look out for a magnificent view of St. George. Later in the course of our stay, he showed us the best places to snorkel, took us to see a monument to an downed US aviator who's family he had befriended, and even took us out for a boat trip on his 35' motorboat.
And the best was yet to come. That morning we met Belinda with her huge Grenadian smile. The rates at Twelve Degrees North include a personal cook/housekeeper who is happy to cook three meals a day as well as keeping the suite spic-and-span and doing any laundry required. From time to time we would give her 20 EC and she would use it to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables that she picked up on the way to work. The going rate for tipping these Grenadian cook/housekeepers is $5US / per person / per day (i.e. $10 US a day for us.) Frankly we wanted to take Belinda home with us to Pennsylvania.
We wanted to really experience Grenadian cooking and wonderful local fare awaited us every day. One night our dinner consisted of homemade pumpkin soup with pickled pig snouts and tail, sliced bananas and potatoes accompanies by home made banana bread. Another night we had the delicious national dish Oil Down and dumplings. We've had home made fry bread, red snapper and tuna steaks fresh from the fish market, and each morning's meal begins with a fresh bowl of fruit. (Andrew Zimmern is our hero...) Of course if you want more European or American fare, Belinda is certainly capable of cooking those too.
In no time at all, Joe and Belinda made us feel like we were part of the family, and by chatting with Belinda every day, we've got a real sense of what life here on Grenada is like for the Grenadians.
We snorkel all over the world. The snorkeling off Joe's dock is quite adequate. Nonetheless, once Joe had determined that we were not likely to drown ourselves he told us where to go for the best snorkeling on the island and then drove us there to show us the way the first time. It is a five minute drive, across L'Anse aux Epines point to the Secret Harbor Marina. From there it is about a 3/4 mile kayak paddle to a circular reef out beyond the point and the channel to the harbor. The reef there is variegated, from shallow to quite deep, with columns of corral a dozen feet high in places and narrow channels to swim through. This reef is home to as much sea life as we saw anywhere on the island.
A word about the suites at 12 Degrees North. Joe has been a hotelier on the island for 46 years or so. He personally designed the hotel. So for example the suites have great cross ventilation and effective ceiling fans. There certainly wasn't any need for AC despite the 80+ degree temperatures outside. Our suite had a large bedroom, living room, small kitchen and bathroom, a private veranda, and like all the suites, a great view. We felt very spoiled.
There is no doubt that any time we return to Grenada we will be staying at Twelve Degrees North. In fact, we liked it so much that we extended our stay here during this trip.
Carol and Markus
You want a good room... Stay at Twelve Degrees North.
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