While it's still nice to sit and watch the floating bridge open and close, the island has lost a lot of it's charm.
Grenada has built a new port in the last few years. Now you come into this sanitary area where all the shops are right at the port. If you want deals on spices, you need to walk into town.
We did the aerial tram and zip line tour, and it is fantastic. After a 30min bus ride that rivals some roller coasters for thrills, you arrive at the rain forest. You are then hooked up to your safety equipment and zip line harness, and you than take a 35min tram ride to the top of the mountain. Along the way, you guide will tell you about the area and all the tropical plants you are passing by. Upon arrival at the top, there is about a 20min hike to the first zip line platform. There are 11 platforms of varying distances. After completing the zip lines, you than have to hike back to the tram to get back to the bottom.
THIS IS NOT A TOUR FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE TROUBLE WALKING OVER UNEVEN TERRAIN. THERE IS A LOT OF CLIMBING OF HILLS INVOLVED. YOU MUST BE IN REASONABLY GOOD SHAPE TO TAKE THIS TOUR!!!!!
The views on the ride back down are spectacular and offer some great photo opportunities of the island.
They have added a boardwalk along the beach area which has some nice shops. The beach seemed clean. Check the prices if you want a chair, umbrella and beer. Some were $15 with 6 beer and some were $20. There are more shops right in the port area now, and it looks like they are adding some more. As usual, beer is less expensive than water. Having been to St. Maarten many times before, we opted just to do a little shopping in port. The town was practically empty, until the Costa Mediterranea showed up about 11am. Even then, it was not bad.
Merchants are not happy with the volume of passengers coming in when there are 4 or 5 ships in port. They say it's impossible to give good service to customers who really want to shop as opposed to the browsers.