It’s off to a busy start for 2024.
The high season is in full swing for the Caribbean, and while winter weather rages on in the northern hemisphere, we are enjoying cool trade winds, and sunny days here at Laluna.
January was the time to get on the water, either with the
Spice Island Bill Fish tournament or the Grenada Sailing Festival. The events ran from one into the other. Many avid sports men and women out on the seas. When back on land, enjoying good weather, and warm Grenadian and Kayak (Carriacou) hospitality.
The Spice Island Billfish Tournament usually takes place in the third week of January,
Spice Island Billfish Tournament 2025 will be held from January 27th to 31st. Check out their SIBT Facebook page for the action.
Hopscotch from Trinidad was the overall winner with 5 sailfish. If Big game fishing is your thing, the check out their website https://www.sibtgd.com/, for registration for next year.
Thirty five boats made up the fleet of this years Grenada Sail Week. Broken up into 6 different classes, including a spirit class made up of classic boats including, ‘Blue Pete’ an Alfred Mylne 65’ Bermudian Cutter Year Built: 1930, and the even older ‘Galaeta’ built in 1858, and the locally built Carriacou schooner ‘Savvy’, which is available for day and sunset charters on their website.
The Sail Week was split between the islands of Carriacou and Grenada. Offering a variety of sailing conditions and party venues. Including a Pirate party and the infamous Mount Gay Red Cap party. Lots of fierce competition on the water, but bygones were done on the land (once you won in the protest room). You can check out the action on their Grenada Sail Week Facebook page.
Although they are smaller than the large boats, that took part in the Sailing Festival, there was no end to the fierce racing as at the Grenada Workboat Regatta. An outpouring of support, in keeping this traditional class of local boats alive. Families and local sailors spent the weekend on Grand Anse Beach, cheering on with strong rum in hand (or down their throats) and dancing to the soca music played by the DJ. Quite a sight to watch this picturesque scene of white sails, against the white sandy beach and crystal blue water, on one of the best best beaches in the Caribbean.
The celebration still runs high in February, as our Tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Independence. There has been a great build-up of excitement to this year’s half centennial. There have been free concerts and light shows for the public to enjoy. There is the spurge of the vivid colours of the Grenada of Red, Green and Yellow, adorned at every lamp pole and house or business. There is a national pride of great proportions, that the many flights into Grenada have been filled to capacity from the Grenada Diaspora returning to be a part of this wonderful celebration. It all comes to a climax on 7th February, with a grand parade in the National Stadium, and every national will sure to be wearing their national colours.
At closer quarters. Laluna has enjoyed the re-birth of the Monkey Bar, as it evolves in to a great beachfront chill-out space for locals and hotel guests alike. Grab a cold beer, take a dip in the blue sea and laze in a hammock. Surround by art and music, handpicked for your chilled vibe… you get the feel of a Grenada ‘Burning Man’. The Monkey Bar opens to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon till sunset (island time …7pm) So make sure you drop by the Monkey Bar, adjacent to Laluna’s Sculpture Garden.
We have also collaborated to with the Kings BBQ, (winners of the Grenada’s ‘King of the Grill’ for three years) for a monthly Sunday BBQ. The menu and dates change, so make sure to ‘Follow Us’ on social, for the next BBQ at The Monkey Bar.