Grenada, the “Island of Spice,” a charming isle that rests in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea, is well known for its copiousness of spice exports. The country recently began protecting one of its biggest assets, the extraordinary gorgeousness of the island and the smaller islands that circle it, through arrangements of protected areas and national parks. The volcanic island is complete with mountains and lush vegetation, making it a premier destination for ecotourists and environmental enthusiasts. Whether you are in search of short trips to see the island or day-long excursions, Grenada has a park, hike trail, or reserve to meet your needs.
Grand Etang Lake and National Park
This is the most popular spot on the island for trekking through the tropical rainforest. It is situated high up in the mountainous on the interior of the island. The best thing about this park is the waterlogged crater of one of the island’s extinct volcanoes, the renowned Grand Etang Lake. The flora and fauna found within the park vary from frogs, lizards, tropical birds, and rare orchids among the dense vegetation. By travelling on marked trails, you can run into delightful waterfalls and hot springs. The trails vary between leisurely 15-minute walks to 6-hour hikes.
Levera National Park
Levera National Park is perhaps the most scenic location on the whole island. Crowning the north end of the island, and covering 450 acres, the park is home to an overabundance wildlife. On weekends and public holidays, the gleaming white sand beaches are jam-packed with people enjoying the lagoon, thriving with wildlife population. The mangrove swamps are home to many kinds of bird and marine life. Levera is also an area where Ocean Spirits, a conservation group, monitors and protects leatherback sea turtles and offer outreach programs for visitors who are interested in volunteering.
Lake Antoine National Park
Lake Antoine, crater lake like Grand Etang. The shallow water is home to a diverse community of wildlife. Bird lovers are fascinated with the species found in the area. They often spot the large-billed seed-finch, fulvous whistling duck, and limpkin. The walk is pleasant and suitable for all ages.
Mangroves cover a lot of coastal bay areas on the eastern side of the island. They are a natural habitat for animals, they provide nesting areas for birds and spawning grounds for fish. Fortunately, they are protected by the Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries.
One of the best bird watching areas on Grenada is a quiet mangrove estuary in La Sagesse. There are three beaches fringed by palm trees, coral reef, a dry thorn scrub and cactus woodland, and a salt pond. The pond attracts various species of birds, such as the brown crested flycatcher, Caribbean coot, and northern jacana. Small guesthouses, cabanas, a bar, and restaurant are also located at the estuary.
If you are looking for a challenge, you don’t want to miss out on the next two hikes. The trail to Concord Falls is off the Mount Que Qua Hiking Trail. It is generally an hour-long trek over hilltops and streams, leading to the triple cascades of Concord Falls. The first is a popular swimming spot where the fall generates a strong current. A thirty-minute hike from there will get you to the second waterfall which is completely surrounded by lush vegetation and provides a much more tranquil swimming area than the first. With a 40-foot drop, this cascade is even more stunning than the first. The third cascade requires a bit more skill to reach, because it is very steep and requires two more hours of hiking.
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