Whenever you’re traveling to Grenada, you trip is never complete without a visit to its sister island of Carriacou, pronounced “Carry a koo”. While most persons prefer to visit for annual events such as the Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival or the Carriacou Regatta, we can assure you that there is plenty to do on this colorful island all year long. Take a look at some of our recommendations below.
1. Snorkeling at Sandy Island
Snorkeling around this pristine island with clear blue waters and stunning coral reefs is now one of the most popular snorkeling and diving sites in the region. It was established as part of the Sandy Island Oyster Bed marine protected area in July 2010.
2. Hike to High North National Park
At just around 955 ft, High North Peak is the highest elevation on the island. On your hike you may see iguanas, Manicous (opossum), boa constrictors and hummingbirds. There are also lots of medicinal plants which Carriacouans have used traditionally used to stay healthy. From there you can enjoy awesome views of St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands and even mainland Grenada.
3. Swimming on Anse La Roche Beach
Secluded and accessible from land by a half mile hike, this beach offers privacy, unspoiled and is often regarded as the most scenic beach on the island of Carriacou. There are coral reefs just offshore and is located at the foot of the famous High North Range.
4. Kayaking in the Oyster bed mangrove
A short boat ride and you will find yourself in the middle of one of the few pristine ecosystems in the region. You will be able to see oysters growing on the roots of the mangrove. It is really worth exploring.
5. Exploring the charming little museum in Hillsborough
Housed in a restored cotton gin mill, the Carriacou Museum boasts a display of artefacts and exhibits tracing the early inhabitants of the island. A collection of native paintings from Canute Calliste are on display there, along with displays of traditional dances including the big drum nation dance and quadrille. This museum is ideal for the visitors who are interested in cultural heritage tourism.
6. Walk along Main Street and Interact with the Locals
Carriacouans are warm, welcoming and keen to make everyone feel at home. They are also the keepers of ancient traditions, historic folklore and spiritual beliefs. Take a walk along Hillsborough and Interact with the locals to get a glimpse into island life
So, whether you live on the mainland of Grenada or you’re coming from much further away, Carriacou has way more to offer than you probably know and remember, getting to Carriacou is half the fun. What other fun things can you add to this list?