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Carriacou[1] is the second-largest island in the Caribbean nation of Grenada. It is considerably smaller than the island of Grenada, being only 13 square miles.

Cities[edit]

  • Hillsborough - the only significant town.
  • Other settlements include L'Esterre, Harvey Vale, Tibeau and Windward.

Understand[edit]

Carriacou is known as "the island surrounded by reefs" from an Amerindian word. Originally settled by the French, the island was ceded to the British when they captured Grenada (island). The majority of the inhabitants today are of African descent, but there remains a British influence as it was colonized by the British Empire and remains a dependancy of Grenada, a Commonwealth state. There is also still a French influence which is demonstrated in some of the village names: L'Esterre, La Resource, and Beausejour. Also some patois is still spoken.

Carriacou's coastline is mostly wave-cut coral or shoal formations. Manchineel Bay and Carenage Bay near Harvey Vale have some small beach areas, spectacular because they are volcanic black sand beaches. By contrast Anse La Roche and Hillsborough Bay are white coral sand beaches.

In 2005 Hurricane Emily hit Carriacou, damaging hundreds of buildings.

Get in[edit]

Lauriston Airport Daily flights on the Islander Aircrafts of SVG Air, travel northbound from Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport, and southbound from Barbados and Saint Vincent.

By boat[edit]

Ferry services are also available between Grenada and Carriacou.

From Carriacou for Grenada (1hr 30 mins) Monday-Sunday at 3:30PM.

From Grenada to Carriacou (1hr. 30 mins) Monday-Saturday 9AM; Sunday 8AM .

From Carriacou to Petite Martinique Monday-Friday 11:30AM and 03:30PM

From Petite Martinique to Carriacou Monday-Friday at 07:15AM and 02:15PM

Get around[edit]

  • Minibuses run from 7AM-5PM

Jeep rentals[edit]

  • Ade's Dream, Hillsborough, tel 443 7317, (email: Adesdea@caribsurf.com).
  • Martin & Wayne's, Hillsborough, tel 443 7204.
  • Sunkey's, Hillsborough, tel 443 8382.
  • Barba's, L' Esterre, tel 443 7454.
  • Quality Jeep, L' Esterre, tel 443 8307.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Amerindian Well in Harvey Vale. This ancient well is located quite close to the sea, neara guest house, aptly name Constant Springs. Its mineral waters are thought to have healthful properties.
  • Anglican Rectory Garden
  • Anse La Roche Beach in Prospect. Access is via a rigorous mile-long trail, a bit steep but well marked, or 5 minutes by boat from Hillsborough. One of the most scenic and secluded beaches. A striking rock formation juts up just about 30 yards from the beach. The sandy beach is superb and you may likely have it all to yourself at off times. Snorkeling is very good off the point.
  • Belair National Park in Belair. The park is the setting for the Maroon Cultural Festival and Parang Festival. Both French and English ruins of plantation buildings and well-preserved windmills. A network of hiking trails, natural scenery, including a teak and mahogany forest and wildlife.
  • Dumfries Historical Site in Dumfries. Old plantation ruins with some old equipment and machinery used in processing cotton and limes, including a landmark stone chimney.
  • High North Peak The highest elevation on Carriacou - 956 feet. Within a National Park, there are trails and guided tours available. Hikers often see iguanas, land tortoises, or soldier crabs along the way as well as some varieties of birds.
  • Ningo Well Tibeau. One of the earliest wells built on Carriacou. Plantation ruins are nearby and a cemetery is right on the beach at Jews Bay.
  • Paradise Beach L'Esterre. Paradise is one of Carriacou's best beaches. A barrier reef provides calm waters and white sand.
  • Petite Carenage Beach & Mangroves Windward. There is a marked trail leading from the road in Windward, through the mangroves and down to this isolated beach. This sand beach is made up of tiny shells and turtles use it to lay their eggs. The surf is often more rigorous here than other beaches. A guide conducts mangrove and nightwatch nesting turtle tours.
  • White Island Marine Park Water taxi out to this offshore island for some great snorkeling. The park provides easy access to coral gardens. Pack a lunch.
  • PADI Scuba
  • Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA), Carriacou. Carriacou's Marine Protected Area stretches from the edge of Hillsborough Bay, encompassing Sandy Island, Mabouya Island and the Sisters Rocks, down to the edge of Tyrell Bay. The SIOBMPA is home to a large variety of aquatic life and is popular for snorkelling and scuba diving.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Snorkeling try and visit Sandy Island for snorkelling - take a water taxi from Paradise Beach.
  • Diving Arawak Divers [2] based in Tyrrel Bay.
  • Deefer Diving Carriacou, Main Street, Hillsborough (Turn left from the ferry dock, follow Main Street 50 yards past Ade’s Dream supermarket, on your right hand side, opposite the beach.), 473-443-7882, [3]. Monday-Saturday 08.00-17.00. Deefer Diving is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort offering diving courses, dives for certified divers, snorkelling, equipment rental and tank fills. (12.484741,61.456876) edit

Festivals[edit]

  • Carnival is held in February or early March.
  • The Carriacou Regatta, [4]. Held on the first weekend in August, is a racing event for locally built boats.
  • The Parang on the weekend prior to Christmas celebrates the island's traditional Christmas music and culture.
  • Carriacou Maroon Festival held during the second quarter of the year.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Jack Iron rum, buy it from a rum shop and you will get what is reputed to be one of the strongest rums in the world

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bogles Round House, Bogles, in the Artistic Round House building. (5 minute taxi ride to the north of Hillsborough), 1-473-443-7841, [5]. open for lunch from 1230 to 1430, Dinner from 1830 to 2030. Closed on Wednesdays and Sunday Evenings.. Featuring Chef Roxanne Russell. They use mostly local ingredients with an international twist. Main Courses from EC$50.  edit
  • Slipway Restaurant, Tyrrel Bay, 473 443-6500, [6]. Creative cuisine featuring fresh local ingredients, served in a unique nautical setting at the water's edge. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch & dinner, Sundays for brunch from 11:30 am -2:30 pm. Full bar open daily from 10 am except Sunday night and Monday. moderate.  edit
  • Moringa Restaurant / Creperie, Main Street, Hillsborough, Carriacou, 473 443 8300, [7]. Lunch: 12.00-16.00; Dinner: 18.00-22.00. Moringa serves French-style food created from fresh local ingredients.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Off The Hook Bar & Grill, L'Esterre Bay.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Hope's Inn, Tel: 473-443-7457.
  • Kim's Plaza Guesthouse, Tel: 473-443-7733. [8]
  • Peace Haven Guest House, Tel: 473-443-7475.
  • Millie's Guest House, Tel: 473-443-7310

Moderate[edit]

  • Bayaleau Point Cottages, Tel: 473-443-7984 (email: goldhill@spiceisle.com), [9].
  • Belair Garden Cottage, Tel: 473-443-6221 (email: info@belairgardencottage.com), [10]. Peaceful, private island style cottage with a magnificent view!
  • Bogle's Round House, Tel: 473-443-7841 (Skype: Nashp76; email: info@boglesroundhouse.com), [11]. Self-contained cottages a stone's throw from the beach.
  • Carriacou Grand View Hotel, Beausejour, Tel: 1-473-443-6348, (email: ccougrandview@spiceisle.com), [12].

Splurge[edit]

  • Tamarind Cottage, (email: tamarind.cottage@islandtrees.com), [14].

Stay safe[edit]

Carriacou has a small hospital and a private clinic with X-ray facilities. There are also two doctor's surgeries located in Hillsborough, which accept walk-in patients. There is also a well-stocked pharmacy in Hillsborough.

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