Carriacou (Karry-a-cou) which means “Isle of Reefs” is just 90 minutes by ferry or 20 minutes by plane from the mainland Grenada. Famed for its aromatic spices and organic chocolate, the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is located in the eastern Caribbean just south of Barbados.
Carriacou is the destination’s second-largest island, measuring just 13 square miles, with a population of 8,000. The tiny island is known as an excellent dive and snorkel destination with clear waters, pristine coral reefs, and magical drifts. It also has the distinction of being the largest Grenadine island. Carriacou boasts a dynamic culture, steeped in ancestral traditions – all of which reflect the rich African and Scottish ancestry of its inhabitants. Even today, African big drum nation dance and European quadrille are common staples at celebrations and festivals.
Carriacouians have rich traditions and customs passed through generations influenced by their African and European ancestors. There are so many cultural experiences to take in and memorable celebrations, be it as a witness to a traditional wedding or boat-launching event, watching the Big Drum Nation Dance or Shakespeare Mas, or taking part in All Saint Candle Lighting ‘Pass Play’ and Fishermen Birthday Celebrations.
Carriacou – The Kayak Tradition
For centuries, ‘Kayaks’, as they are commonly called, have passed down through generations, the boatbuilding traditions of their Scottish forefathers. Today, large sloops and schooners are still being built in the traditional methods once.
If you love kayaking, try Magazin Beach. It is a lovely stretch of white sand along the southern shores, this is a perfect locale for a relaxing walk, some snorkeling or kayaking. The beach can come to life with culinary and recreational activities organized by the famous Grenadian by Rex Resort at the north end and the quaintly elegant Aquarium Restaurant at the south. Or you can visit Anse Beach which is a silky stretch of sheltered white sand where visitors and locals enjoy the view of the capital, this world famous beach spans two miles/three kilometers along the southwest coastline.
Fun Facts on Carriacou
Eastern Caribbean Dollar, US dollar is widely accepted
13 Square Miles
Carriacou Wild Garden
Smithy’s Garden is located at approximately 1,000ft above sea level, just one mile from historic Fort Frederic in St George’s, this gently sloping Grenada garden is just under two acres in size. Divided into an old and new garden, Smithy’s Garden is noted for its “wild feel” and also for the variety of rainforest plants which strangely flourish in an area in Grenada noted for its dry forest vegetation! In the old garden, you will find large flowering trees, a variety of wildlife, an orchard, a variety of ornamental plants and other colorful flowers pollinated and cultivated by Smithy herself.