Rum, Driving, and Healing: The Journey to Sulphur Springs [with Video]

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“Hey! Guys? Bar! We need a bar! Focus, man! You’re all over the place!” yelled my buddy out the window of our car, which was convoying behind another carload of friends.

As we disintegrated into fits of laughter at my friend’s overwhelming dedication to the cause (this was the third time he’d leaned out the window to loudly implore our leading car to stop), we reflected on the day thus far. We’d already stopped at a few rum shops enroute to – and now coming home from – Sulphur Springs. One final stop to enjoy sunset at a local rum shop high in the mountains of Grenada was indeed in order.

Grenada Road Trip! We're going to Sulphur Springs, and you have to know a local with a 4x4 to get there. #Grenada #Caribbean #SulphurSprings #traveladventures #TheProfessionalHobo #rumshop #islandlife

This post was originally published in 2012. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.

The Drive to Sulphur Springs

Whilst some friends from Norway were visiting my makeshift home of Grenada, we drove deep into the rainforest in the middle of this mountainous island, in search of Sulphur Springs.

Although Grenada isn’t large, its narrow roads contort around the hills and mountains such that driving anywhere is an adventure enjoyed at about 40kms/hour.

So given the couple of hours’ journey each way to Sulphur Springs, multiple stops at rum shops along the way helped to lubricate the drive.

The first of many rum shops - yep, you read the sign right!
The first of many rum shops – yep, you read the sign right!
Another rum shop in Grenada, on the way back from Sulphur Springs
Another rum shop, poised on the edge of a cliff

Rum shops line the road in Grenada; they’re often simple structures as seen above. The toilet? Go out back, try to keep out of people’s line of sight, and knock yourself out.

The drive to Sulphur Springs was half the fun, as you’ll see from the video at the end of this post. There’s so much to look at, and the harder you look, the more you see.

As we climb ever-higher, colourful little communities impossibly poke out of the dense rainforest
As we climb ever-higher, colourful little communities impossibly poke out of the dense rainforest


How to Get to Sulphur Springs

The only way to get to Sulphur Springs is to go with somebody who knows where it is, and who has a hardy 4×4. There are no street signs, maps are unreliable when it comes to anything other than main roads, and asking bystanders for directions is far from a sure thing.

After an hour and a half of climbing through the naturalistic Grand Etang rainforest area, the roads became (even more) impossibly narrow and rough, and finally dead-ended unceremoniously.

This was our cue to get some beers out of the cooler and prepare for the hike further into the bush in search of Sulphur Springs.

fresh cocoa fruit at sulphur springs
fresh cocoa fruit at sulphur springs

This deep into the rainforest, everything grows. Fresh cocoa (pictured above), nutmeg, cinnamon, mangoes, avocados, bananas, plums, plantain, and an assortment of tropical fruits are in such abundance that it actually rains down on the roads before people can harvest and eat it all.

With this pallet of greenery around us, the short walk was far from a chore, despite the humidity and heat.

Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs....before we all get in and stir the mud up at the bottom
Sulphur Springs….before we all get in and stir the mud up at the bottom

Finally reaching the springs was a treat. The naturally warm waist-deep water didn’t smell of acrid sulphur in the way that many natural hot pools tend to reek. It was easy to settle in and get comfortable.

The mud at the base of the warm stream that feeds the spring is reputedly therapeutic. So we all took turns collecting the mud and spreading it on our skin for softening and exfoliation. Indeed – it felt delightful, and left my skin softer than it has been for ages.

Want to “experience” the journey to Sulphur Springs yourself? Check out this short (2-minute) video of our trip. Best to pour yourself a rum first, to get into the real feel of it!

You can also watch this on YouTube.

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2 thoughts on “Rum, Driving, and Healing: The Journey to Sulphur Springs [with Video]”

  1. Nora, once again an excellent, informative and fun post…looks like you’re 2 sheets to the wind…loll you must have had fun then, which is good…do you have a boyfriend in Grenada? were you ever harassed down there?

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  2. @Baron’s – Well, as I recall, I felt no pain that afternoon, but I don’t think I was drunk! Ha ha.
    No I haven’t been harassed in Grenada, but I’ve got a good network of local friends who have an eye out for me, and I don’t go around places where the chances of getting into trouble are higher (you know, the proverbial dark alley at night).
    However, it also depends on your definition of “harassment”. Yesterday while driving from A-B (15 minutes), I got called “Honey bunch, Sweetie, Darlin, Ooh Baby, Lady, and got a variety of attention-grabbing sounds like kissy faces and smacking lips – all from guys I was driving by. It’s harmless, and I actually find it quite amusing, but it’s not everybody’s cup o tea.
    As a white lady on a Caribbean island, I tend to stand out! So it all just comes with the territory. I still maintain that Grenada is one of the safest places I’ve visited.

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