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  • Nick and Dariece | November 30, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    A Show on the Sea: The Dinghy Concerts of Grenada

    A Show on the Sea: The Dinghy Concerts of Grenada

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    "Do you guys want to go to the dinghy concert with us?" our friends excitedly asked us one afternoon. To which we replied: "A what?!" A dinghy concert is a floating extravaganza which is unique to the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada.

    A man known only as "Dieter" is the creator of this interesting event. He is a lover of sailing the Caribbean Sea as well as playing music. So, he decided to combine both of his passions to create this interesting performance.

    As we are not sailors, and we don't possess a boat, we weren't sure how we were going to attend a show that has the name "dinghy" in its title. But, as soon as we arrived at Le Phare Bleu’s dock and paid our entrance fee, our questions were answered.

    About 150 feet offshore was a floating barge, with a bunch of people sitting on benches. Surrounding that barge were many dingy boats filled with excited onlookers. To get to the main stage, us "boat-less" bystanders were taken over by a shuttle boat.

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    When we arrived, we really began to understand how it all worked. There was a floating dock out on the water, with a tugboat next to it. We had to literally cross the tugboat (which doubled as the band's stage) in order to get to the attached barge on the other side. This was where the audience could sit, stand or dance.

    We got off the shuttle boat, while somewhat stumbling across the dock, to reach the tugboat. We definitely didn't have our sea legs like many of the people there, and as the floating stage swayed back and forth, we began to worry about becoming seasick — luckily, it was nothing a few beers couldn't cure!

    To our delight, the barge contained a small bar. Friendly faces served us concertgoers rum punch and cold brews, which was just what we needed in the late afternoon heat.

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    Once the music started, we were totally blown away by the incredible sound. We already knew that the talent in Grenada was phenomenal, but we weren't sure what to expect from a water concert. We were pleasantly surprised, that's for sure.

    No two shows are alike, and depending on which concert you attend, the genre of music could be different as well — everything from steel pan bands, to folk music, to reggae to soca! The shows that we've been to have featured Spice Rock (a soulful band with dueling electric guitars, a keyboard and a very talented singer) and Dry Bone and The Kids (which featured hip-hop, reggae and soca styles, plus a 14-year-old drummer). Both shows were different and both were incredible!

    Being out on the water is such a fun way to enjoy the afternoon, and the addition of a band and floating bar really made the day extra special. Some people were swimming, while others were dancing, and one thing was for sure — everyone was having a great time. Locals and expats rubbed shoulders with tourists on the barge, while many of the sailors and yachties chose to enjoy the show from their small boats.

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    Many people have never heard of Grenada, but if they have, it's mostly because of the world-class Grand Anse Beach, or for the fact that it's a cruise port in the Caribbean. However, there are many more things to see and do on this beautiful island, with the dinghy concert being just one of them. When you visit Grenada, have a look online to see when the next show will be, you won't want to miss it!

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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