Saturday Market Shuttle: You are given approximately three hours to do your own thing in town. Saturday is the main market day on the island, when you will see the hustle and bustle of the city and fresh fruits and vegetables on sale. It is, at its very most colorful, on Saturday mornings: full to bursting, bustling, all tables laden with fruit, vegetables and, this being Grenada, and spices. All set out on (usually) rickety tables, shaded (more or less) by colorful umbrellas.
A man who appears to be wearing a basket is selling immature coconuts to drink the water from. Crabs are writhing around, their legs tied. The things like fat yellow caterpillars are turmeric root, known here as 'saffron' (and definitely not the saffron). Most locals come out on a Saturday to do their shopping, so it’s a great way to get a true feel of the culture.
It is not a quiet affair. Set foot near it, and a dozen hands will reach out offering you things. "Nutmegs, nutmegs" you will be told, "Spices, spices" (nothing is ever said once). Much is familiar. There are bananas in abundance (but when a banana is a banana, and when is it plantain, or green fig, or bluggoe?) Tomatoes and cabbage look reassuringly normal, but what are the inflated light green hedgehogs? (Answer: soursops, from which a wonderful drink can be made. ) And the huge assortment of vast hairy potatoes? (They could be yams, or sweet potatoes, or dasheen, or tannia).
Be daring. If they are in season, try French cashews, or sugar apples (looking like light green hand grenades. ) The little fat bananas (rock fig) are delicious. Golden apples (not golden, and nothing like apples) are good, but beware the built-in dental floss. Else and you surely won't be disappointed.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel (within the Grand Anse and Pt. Salines Hotel areas).
Duration: Between 2.5 and 3 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.