Carriacou Island, Grenada
|A convenient day trip from Grenada as well as a fine destination in its own right.|
Carriacou, 23 miles northeast of Grenada, covers an area of 13 square miles. (Tiny Petit Martinique is just 486 acres.)
The average temperature range varies between 75F and 87F, with the lowest temperatures between November and February. The driest season is from January to May.
Carriacou attracts both day-trippers who come over
by boat or plane and those who rent an apartment for a month or more.
The small postcard-perfect offshore cay known as Sandy
Island is a very popular stop for sailboats, and the scuba
diving here is interesting but still largely unexplored.
The island's finest beach is Anse La Roche, a scenic and undeveloped area; visitors are advised to keep close watch on their valuables there and at all beaches, especially the one near the airport.
The Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival celebrating the African roots of Carriacou’s people is held at the end of April.
Very much an island still steeped in tradition, Carriacou, the May Day celebration still includes the custom of dancing around the May Pole. Hillsborough hosts a two-day regatta starting the first Monday of August.
The Parang Festival held just before Christmas is an occasion for song, street dancing as vendors offer a variety of specialties from their street stalls. Carnival is celebrated in February just before the start of Lent.