Back in July, I visited Grenada for the first time. I wrote about the scuba diving and waterfalls here, but I left out the most fun day we had. Come along and I'll show you why some say this place called Roger's Bar on Hog Island is one of the best in the Caribbean.
Grenada Part 2: Hog Island
We started off from St. George Harbor on the Southwest side of the island; headed for Hog Island and Roger's Bar. It's a popular anchorage spot for sailboaters.
Rounding the southwest tip of the island to the windward side. A gorgeous day for a boat ride.
Can you see the natural bridge formation in the ancient lava rock? All along our ride we saw tons of natural caves and snorkeling spots. You could spend weeks exploring this coastline.
The kids help set the anchor at Woburn Bay on the shores of uninhabited Hog Island.
Behind us a small fleet of sailboats rest at anchor, and in front of us lies Rogers Bar – the most rustic and chill beach bar I've ever been to. Besides our group, there were several families that came ashore to Rogers that afternoon in celebration of a child's birthday. There were balloons, beers, and chicken grilling on the grill.
Fiddler crabs roam everywhere scavenging for discards. Fiddlers are small and generally have one claw that is much larger than the other one.
There is no electricity, bathrooms, or water on Hog Island. This is as rustic and simple as you can find.
The local boys came in with a parrot fish, a conch, and a couple of lobsters.
Captain's favorite Caribbean food is conch and we happily swam and sunned ourselves as we waited for some space on the grill. The tricky part is removing the conch from its shell.
The discard pile.
This seafood went directly on the grill. Fresh grilled conch, flavored by the seawater it came from was the best conch I ever had.
Behind the bar, which is a shack with three walls, there are mangroves filled with crabs, small fish and various odds and ends that inevitably get discarded when there is no place to throw anything away. The kids had a ball hunting the crabs. If you throw a watermelon rind in the water, they will try to haul it away.
You're never too old to enjoy jumping in the water off the boat.
Making new friends while crabbing.
This little boys showed everyone his prized catch.
Most of the folks here at Rogers were from Europe – Grenada is part of the British Commonwealth. Inside the bar locals play dominos. What the photos don't convey is the inclusive, relaxed, and friendly vibe here.
From Hog island, we set out for lunch, past the privately owned Calivigny Island – and happily found the kitchen still open late in the day at Le Phare Bleu Resort. It had a small pool and delicious food. We returned to St. Georges salty and sunburned with windblown hair.
*Grenada Part 1 was originally published August 27, 2013