Carriacou Island Travel Guide

  • Humming Bird at Freejay Bay
    Humming Bird at Freejay Bay
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  • Catch of the day cleaned and gutted
    Catch of the day cleaned and gutted
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  • The sea is everywhere
    The sea is everywhere
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Carriacou Island Highlights

  • Pro
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     Nothing to do but relax! 

  • Con
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     Mosquitoes 

  • In a nutshell
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     Can just relax and enjoy life without any pressures here. 

Carriacou Island Things to Do

  • Snorkeling with Cuthbert Snagg

    Snagg was recommended to us and we realized that he is an experienced fisherman and boat.He picked us up from Freejay Bay and took us to Saline Island and White Island. He dropped us off over the reef between the two island and we snorkeled with the fast moving current to White Island. All the way he accompanied us with his boat making sure we did...

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  • Explore

    You might try to shed your urban frenzy on this unique island. You could set a tight agenda and try to schedule in everything within a rigid time slot. Or NOT. If you want to cover the entire island you will need a 4wheel drive vehicle. There are a few miles of paved road and then there are what the maps refer to as tracks. The track on the North...

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  • Day trip to Tobago Cays

    The Tobago Cays are a chain of islands north of Carriacou in the Grenadines. There is fabulous snorkeling there. You will see lots of reef life and hopefully turtles. This area has been designated a Marine Park. You are not allowed to harm or take anything in the water or on/from the shore.Some of my family were taken to Union Island by Cuthburt...

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Carriacou Island Hotels

Carriacou Island Restaurants

  • Seafront view of jetty watch the ships...

    Sea front in Hillsborough, with lovely views over the bay from the front tables. Open from 7.00 am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choice of local dishes. Also take-away.A good place to escape the heat and relax after shopping. You can have a look at the front counter to see what is available. Many people just have a take away but its the view...

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  • Like name says you have grand view of...

    An ideal spot to enjoy the local food with a fantastic view of Hillsborough and surrounding area.Shirley, the owner makes you feel right at home and the staff is very friendly. This hotel/restaurant offers a spotlessly clean surroundings, The pool a compensation to the fact that you are not on a beach but need transport to get there as it is...

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  • Friday night jump up with local steel...

    The food is local meaning whatever you order whether its fish, meat or lobster it will always be accompanied with rice and local vegetables. Everthing is fresh from the sea or freshly picked from the garden.The restaurant is open air with a roof and simple wooden picknick tables.Every Friday night there is a local steel band playing and this brings...

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  • Simple restaurant fantastic view...

    Right on the beach so after a swim in the crystal clear waters you are hungry and ready to devour this ever so tasty fish. Its an ideal place to idle as there are many shady trees and you have a wonderful view of Sandy Island. Fish served with local vegetables like plantains, cassava, breadfruit or sweet potatoes. You can also have chicken with...

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  • Saltfish and Bake

    Charming bar restaurant with local food. I loved the salt fish and bake which is a Caribbean speciality.Also fresh fruit juices such as sorrel and the five finger fruit (carambola). The view is magnificent as you sit and sip your drink.. Jamaican beef or chicken patties.

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  • At sunset the best view

    It was a birthday celebration so we decided to splurge and have an evening out and made reservations at this fantastic looking restaurant.We watched the sunset although cloudy still an incredible view of the sea and the islands.I am sure you eat quite well here but we were not too pleased with the lobster which cost quite a bit.It probably was not...

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Carriacou Island Transportation

  • Flying from Grenada with SVG

    This is the fastest way to get to Carriacou fro Grenada. It takes about 20 minutes. You have to watch that your luggage does not exceed 20 kg. Also you have to step on the scales to show how much you weigh.Costs $73US $195EC round trip.On a clear day you have a fantastic view of the surrounding islands.

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  • Getting to Carriacou by Ferry Osprey...

    It costs EC$80.00 one way from St. Georges, Grenada to Carriacou. If you have the time this trip is worth taking because you have a fantastic view of Grenada and the surrounding islands. It takes about 2 hours and you can spend the time chatting to fellow passengers or just enjoying the view.I suggest you sit in the middle of the boat to avoid...

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  • The 'Public Bus' System

    If you choose to do a day trip from Grenada or from the Grenadines, you can get around Carriacou on the its few miles of paved road using the small vans that serve as public transport. Costs range from 1 to 3 EC. Don't expect a regular schedule or uniform appearance to the vehicles. State where you are going and ask the price when you board.If you...

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Carriacou Island Shopping

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    by bianchis Written Mar 4, 2012

    When staying at a hotel I find that very little local fruits or vegetables are offered on the menu card.

    This is why I recommend staying in an apartment or house with kitchen facilities. I know it is difficult for people staying just one week but if you decide to cook there are so many delicious fruits and vegetables to be had.

    I have eaten so many fruits which you don't normally get in a hotel ilke sapodillas, guavas, mangoes, ripe papayas. Green bananas or plantain which can be cooked or fried, cassava, yams, peas, different kinds of beans, breadfruit, soursop, golden apple just to name some.

    What to buy: Fresh fish: red snapper, barracuda, shark, lobster just to name a few.

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Carriacou Island Local Customs

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    by bianchis Written Feb 27, 2012

    If you are driving in Carriacou there is a lot of beeping going on. People beep each other to say hello and if you have been here for a while you will realize that you are doing the same thing because you have gotten to know so many people.

    Beeping also means you want to overtake and once you have overtaken then you beep again to say thank you.

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Carriacou Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by bianchis Written Feb 29, 2012

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    They are medium height trees with bright nearly hear shaped leaves. The fruit resembles a small green or yellow apple. Avoid coming into contact with any part: fruit, bark or leaves cn produce a painful rash, especially unpleasant around the face and eyes.

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Carriacou Island What to Pack

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    by bianchis Written Feb 27, 2012

    Luggage and bags: The usual. I find a backpack is always useful because you have both hands free to get to your wallet etc.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Because you will be using insect repellent after dark, girls forget about your perfume. Your only makeup during the day will be sunscreen so bring plenty of it.

    It gets very windy so there is no need for hairspray etc. If you have long hair just tie it together and you will be wearing a hat anyway so there is no need to worry about your hairdo.

    Good sandals are also important because it is very hilly here and you are either going up or down.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring whatever cosmetics, creams and toilet articles you absolutely need because there is not much choice in the shops. Also you wouldn't want to spend your precious time shopping.

    Your medical supplies are a must so if you are on medication bring enough supplies to last your stay.

    Photo Equipment: Don't forget them otherwise you will be sorry.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No camping on the island. Diving and snorkel gear can be rented at the dive shop at Tyrrel Bay.

    Miscellaneous: Leave your designer clothes and jewelry behind, there are no fancy places to go to. Its all casual dress.

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Carriacou Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Shipwreck Beach

    AT the northern tip of the island at Gun Point there is a shipwreck. There is a beautiful white sandy beach next to it, very long. The surf break is pretty strong so be careful and there is broken coral in the surf too so I'd advise some water shoes. The beach is deserted though. There is a palapa hut with information about turtle conservation. A...

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  • Historical Sugar Mills

    I love to just drive around to see what I can find in a new place. Here are some sugar mill ruins we found. Aren't they fabulous? We passed them on the way up to the Scenic Overlook at the hospital in Belair.

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Carriacou Island Favorites

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    by bianchis Updated Dec 7, 2012

    Favorite thing: Like the snowbirds we have left the cold behind and once again at our favourite place Carriacou.
    Perfect weather, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters.

    Fondest memory: I miss the people and the cheeky birds who come begging for crumbs from our table. This is why we are back again to spend the winter 2012 2013 here.

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