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“Good way to see Grenada”

Pete's Mystique Tours
Ranked #25 of 44 Tours in St. George's
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Our cruise ship stopped in St. George’s, Grenada on March 28th. I booked a tour for my family and 9 other cruise passengers with Peter Morain. We did the Island Safari tour which visited Concord Waterfall, Gouyave Nutmeg Station, Carib’s Leap in Sauteurs, River Antoine Rum Distillery, Belmont Estate and the Grand Etang National Park.

We met Peter in the cruise terminal at the agreed upon time (also met his wife Michelle) and headed off for the waterfalls. A swim here was optional but the group decided to pass on it. The falls were beautiful and the people in the pool at the bottom of the falls seemed to be enjoying themselves. We were able to learn a bit about nutmeg and cocoa that was on display at nearby vendors.

We then drove to the nutmeg processing factory in Gouyave (we were told it is pronounced “warve”). What a neat place! It’s very labour intensive and the knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide said the process hadn’t changed in the last six decades. A store there sells nutmeg jam, jelly and syrup amongst other things. You can also buy random spices like cinnamon, ginger, bay leaves, cloves, etc from ladies in front of the plant. These are totally safe and can be taken through customs without a problem (they are NOT considered to be food or seeds).

We then made our way to Carib’s Leap in Sauteurs where more than 300 years ago the last 3 or 4 dozen Caribe Indians in Grenada jumped to their death from the 100 foot high cliff rather than be enslaved by the French. Not a happy story but the views from the site of the ocean and nearby beach are stunning. Had a great lunch at Helena’s Restaurant in Sauteurs.

From there we went to the Belmont Estate, a working plantation over 300 years old. It sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Ivan in Sept./2004 and currently grows more cocoa than nutmeg. The grounds are beautiful and we had an informative tour from an estate guide. You can buy some chocolate that is made on-site.

Our next stop was the River Antoine Rum Distillery. It is well known for producing some of the strongest rum you will find along with being the oldest distillery in the western hemisphere. You get a chance to see an age old process of crushing sugar cane (using a still functioning water wheel), how it’s distilled and then manually bottled. If you like it you can buy a bottle there as it's not found in many stores.

The tour was almost 7 hours long at this point so we headed back to the ship via the Grand Etang National Park. It wasn’t as beautiful as the rain forests in Puerto Rico or Dominica but still very scenic. The Crater Lake was nothing to get excited about and we didn’t even get out of the van to take a closer look.

We would recommend the Pete’s tour as a good way to see a large part of the island in a day. Peter is not very chatty but is knowledgeable and helpful when asked for information. All entrance fees (at falls, nutmeg station, Belmont Estate and National Park) were included in his advertised price which was comparable to other tour operators. My only suggestion is that it would have been nice if he had provided some complimentary drinks as many other tours do. Some in our group didn’t bring anything thinking it would be provided although there were spots along the way to buy drinks if needed.

5  Thank GregWpgMB
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

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

2  Thank MadisonGal6
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Reviewed April 28, 2011

We had a wonderful time on our tour with Pete's Mystique Tours. Our guide, Michelle, and driver, Justin, were fantastic! We enjoyed visiting Concord Falls, a nutmeg processing factory, the Seven Sisters waterfalls, Annandale Falls, and Grand Anse Beach. We enjoyed their knowledge of the island, including the incredible flora. They were friendly, engaging, and very willing to do whatever we needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with them and the beautiful island of Grenada!

Thank redvines8
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

Went on one of Pete's island tours. 7 hours long but wished it would never end, however we had a cruise ship to catch. Booked tour before going away. Only my wife and I were on tour so cost was high but Michelle, our guide, and Justin, the driver, made up for it. I did evereything it said in the brochure. The waterfall was lovely, the rum strong and the visits to distillery, nutmeg station and cocoa plantation were excellent. I would certainly recommend this tour to veryone.

Thank philthesailor
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Reviewed November 18, 2010

We were on a cruise with the Caribbean Princess and had one day in Grenada. After carefully checking offers in the internet we decided to book with Pete´s Mystique Tours and it was a really good decision. Peter did show us so much all around the island and he brought some fresh bakeries and drinks with him that we could test the taste of the island. He also stopped at a banana plantation and bought some fresh bananas for us. The whole day we got food samples of the island, like creolic bread which we have really enjoyed. We were only 4 people booked on this tour, so we had a lot of space on the really well maintained and like new minibus of Pete. We have been at a muscat nut plantation, a big see where we saw some monkeys and so on. Peter explained us everything and drove us all around the island. When we wanted to stop for pictures he did, so there was absolutely nothing to complain. If I´m going again to Grenada I would book with Pete´s Mystique Tours again. ...I´m sorry for my english...but I´m German..

Thank peter_biber
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