What a great way to see a beautiful island! We did the Island Safari tour which visited Concord Waterfall, Gouyave Nutmeg Station, Belmont Estate, Carib's Leap, River Antoine Rum distillery, and the Grand Etang National Park. We met our guide, Michelle, in the cruise terminal and ended up being the only people on the tour (bonus!). The waterfalls were a short walk from where we parked and were beautiful! We forgot to wear bathing suits so we didn’t swim, but it looked like a great spot to swim and there weren’t many people there. After that we went to the nutmeg co-op – what a neat place! The tour guide there was very knowledgeable. Then we made our way to Carib’s Leap, it was a great view and an interesting historical site. From there we went to the River distillery – this was one of the more interesting distilleries or breweries we’ve ever visited (and we’ve been to quite a few!). They process the sugar cane into rum using methods that haven’t changed in hundreds of years. You won’t see any automated bottling or electric machines – instead they process the sugar cane using a water powered wheel. After the tour (with another great guide) we were able to sample the VERY STRONG, but very smooth rum, and even take some home that was of legal proof for airplanes, only $11! From there we went to the Belmont Estate. Here we had another tour (another excellent guide), learned how cocoa is grown and made into chocolate, and had an enjoyable lunch (though probably not worth the price). The grounds were beautiful and we really got an appreciation of all of the spices, fruits, and vegetables grown on the island. It started to rain a bit, so our drive to Grant Etang wasn’t as scenic as we had hoped, but the area was beautiful anyway. After we returned to St. George, our guide offered to show us around the spice market and helped us pick out the best cocoa tea and spices. She was absolutely wonderful – very knowledgeable and helpful. Visited December 2011
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