Carriacou Island

Overview

Introduction

The hilly island of Carriacou (pronounced carry-uh-COO), northeast of Grenada, reminds us of the Caribbean of years ago: The countryside is still pristine and the beaches uncrowded. You could probably walk the entire island in about five hours—and that, in our opinion, is one of the best ways to see it.

On Carriacou, islanders go about their business—fishing, farming and building wooden boats—seemingly undisturbed by tourists. However, the island is growing as a yachting destination, particularly as a safe haven from hurricanes that rarely hit this far south, with new marinas and haul-out services.

Hillsborough, the main town on Carriacou, is about a mile/kilometer long and three streets wide. Sleepy, old-fashioned sundry stores and shingled houses with stone foundations line Main Street, where several former warehouses occupying prime beachfront real estate await renovation into tourist-oriented businesses. There are a few shops along Main Street to browse through. You can also stroll down to the pier to see container ships deliver produce, mail and household goods.

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