-Experience the beautiful little sister island Carriacou, just 20 minutes off the coast of Grenada with the most fabulous unspoilt beaches and underwater world in the region.
Carriacou, pronounced “carry a coo” is a green, natural destination. It is the largest of the group of islands known as the Grenadines, which lie scattered between St. Vincent and Grenada and is part of the independent tri-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The island is located twenty-three miles northeast of Grenada and has a population of approximately 6,000 people.
Carriacou was settled by the French, but in 1763 was ceded with Grenada to the British. Most of the inhabitants today are of African descent, with the influence on the island mainly British, such as driving on the left, though French names are still noticed, especially in the village of L’Esterre. The village of Windward was home to a group of Scottish boat builders who settled here in the 19th century.
The Scottish names and boat building skills have been passed down through the generations. Many locally built boats from small fishing sloops to large trading schooners are seen in the Carriacou waters. Boat building is still carried out in the traditional way.
Grenada is serviced daily from Europe and the US by flights with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Air Jamaica etc. From Grenada onward to Carriacou is either a 20 minutes flight with SVG-AIR or a 90 minutes boat ride on the speed ferry Osprey Shuttle
From Union the Lady JJ travels and from Bequia SVG fly Wednesdays and Saturdays
In case your international flight arrives Grenada after 4.00pm you need to overnight in Grenada and travel onwards to Carriacou the next day. We can help recommend some hotels if you wish.
Carriacou is the largest in the chain of small islands that runs from St. Vincent to Grenada called the Grenadines, an Eldorado for sailing, diving, snorkelling and exploring unspoiled sandy beaches. Communications from Grenada mainland, are swift using the Osprey lines ferry or SVG-Air flights.
Carriacou is the island where you can wind down and seize time while chatting away with friendly locals, see the still active traditional boat building or hike the scenic roads and walking trails of the hillsides.
Like in no other island you can find and enjoy peaceful deserted beaches, explore the magnificent off shore cays or scuba dive to discover the wonders of the underwater world. The extensive coral reef that surrounds Carriacou makes this destination a divers paradise. It is also known as the gate way to the Tobago Cays where snorkelling with turtles in the turquoise waters is an unforgettable experience. Carriacou is a unique Caribbean island where traditions and culture is still a prominent part of society and where its natural beauty can be enjoyed without being crowded by tourists.