From the Carenage, you can take a road which goes round the Lagoon, another sunken volcanic crater, now a yacht anchorage. It is overlooked by the ruins of the Islander Hotel, which was taken over by the revolutionary government and subsequently destroyed in the intervention. Work has now started on a new hotel and five-star yachting complex which will have 300 luxury rooms, 200 villas and restaurants and cafés along the waterfront, to be in operation by 2000.
Carrying on to the southwest tip you come to Grand Anse, Grenada’s most famous beach. Along its length are many hotels, but none dominates the scene since, by law, no development may be taller than a coconut palm. A side road leads round to the very pleasant bay and beach at Morne Rouge, which is away from the glitz of Grande Anse. There is a good view across Grande Anse to St George’s from the little headland of Quarantine Point. From Grand Anse the road crosses the peninsula to the Point Salines airport and the Lance aux Épines headland. The road to Portici and Parc à Boeuf beaches leads to the right, off the airport road; follow the signs to Groomes beach bar on Parc à Boeuf (food and drink available). Portici beach is virtually deserted, with good swimming despite a steeply shelving beach and excellent snorkelling around Petit Cabrits point at its northeast end. On Prickly Bay (the west side of Lance aux Épines) are hotels, the Spice Island Marina and other yachting and watersports facilities. Luxury homes take up much of Lance aux Épines down to Prickly Point. There is a glorious stretch of fine white sand, the lawns of the Calabash Hotel run down to the beach, very nice bar and restaurant open to non-residents, steel bands often play there. Hog Island, just off Mount Hartman Point, is being developed as a luxury Ritz Carlton resort, with 225 rooms and an 18-hole golf course, not likely to open before 2000, see Getting There - Marinas. The project has met with some controversy. Friends of the Earth have criticized the lack of a proper environmental study, pointing to the devastation likely to the habitat of the Grenada dove, which is concentrated in that area.
From the Point Salines/Lance aux Épines crossroads you can head east along a road which snakes around the south coast. At Lower Woburn, a small fishing community (which can be reached by bus from St George’s), you can see vast piles of conch shells in the sea, forming jetties and islets where they have been discarded by generations of lambie divers. Stop at Island View Restaurant or a local establishment, Nimrod and Sons Rum Shop. Yachtsmen visit this spot to sign the infamous guest register and to be initiated with a shot of Jack Iron rum (beware, it is potent!). Past Lower Woburn is the Clarks Court Rum Distillery (tours available with rum sales, tip the guide). It is a steam driven operation, unlike the river Antoine water wheel system. Any number of turn-offs, tracks and paths, go inland to join the Eastern Main Road, or run along the rias and headlands, such as Calivigny, Fort Jeudy, Westerhall Point or La Sagesse with its nature reserve. Many of Grenada’s most interesting and isolated bays are in the southeast, accessible only by jeep or on foot; taxi drivers can drop you off at the start of a path and you can arrange to be picked up later. The East Coast road from Westerhall to Grenville is being upgraded from a dirt to a concrete road, which makes driving difficult in parts.