Carriacou is the largest of the Grenadines, a chain of islands scattered between St. Vincent and Grenada.
People here are very friendly and love to stop and chat. There are no glitzy malls here and no mega resort hotels! The whole island has a family feel to it, that makes you feel at home straight away. All the beaches are public, so you can go wherever you like and there is never any jostling for space! Inland volcanic actions have created an interesting topography of wooded hills and volcanic cliffs rising up dramatically in places. There are many paths and walks to be found, which are popular with bird watchers and wildlife spotters. Out to sea, there are a number of beautiful offshore cays, which are only a few minutes boat ride away. Carriacou is also close to the famous Tobago Cays, which provided the setting for the film Pirates of The Caribbean. The Tobago Cays Marine Park is also a turtle sanctuary, where you can swim & snorkel with hawksbill and green turtles. We can arrange boat trips and tours for you!
The weather is warm and sunny all year round, with air temperatures ranging from 23°C (73°F) during winter to 30°C (86°F) maximum in the summer, and sea temperature never falling below 25°C (77°F).
SVG Air provides a shuttle service from Grenada to Lauriston Airport, Carriacou 3 times a day. Flight time is around 20 minutes. Lauriston airport is around 10 minutes taxi ride from the dive centre in Tyrrel Bay. The small plane fills up fast, so we recommend booking your flight well in advance! To book, visit the SVG website, http://grenada-flights.com, or phone (+1 473) 444-3549.
The Osprey ferry runs from Grenada to Carriacou every morning. Sailing time is usually around 2 hours, but depends on sea conditions. There is no extra charge for large luggage! The sailing schedule is: Grenada to Carriacou daily, Monday to Saturday at 9 am (8 am on Sundays), and Carriacou to Grenada daily at 3 pm. Visit the Osprey Lines website, www.ospreylines.com, for more information.
Carriacou is a small, quiet island, ideal for those who are looking for a relaxing holiday away from it all! Here is some useful information for your stay on the island.
Language: English; though some local patois derived from French and African languages may be heard.
Currency: the eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the official currency. It is tied to the US dollar at approx. us$1.00 = EC$2.67. US-Dollars are widely accepted.
Banking: Republic Bank and Cooperative Bank in Hillsborough will exchange money, cash Travellers' Cheques or allow you to get cash on your credit card. Each bank also has an ATM.
Communications: International calls can be made from most phones and direct dial or credit card charged calls are available. You can purchase a USB dongle for internet access or there are several places with free Wi-Fi as well as Internet Cafes.
Temperature: The year round average is in the low to mid eighties (80-85F; 27-32C). The sea is always warm for swimming.
Seasons: The dry season usually runs from January to May. The rainy season, or locally called “green season”, arrives in patches throughout the other months, though prolonged rain is unusual. Hurricanes can occur in the Caribbean between June and October, but are rare in the Grenadines.
Electricity: 220 volts/50 Hz. AC transformers/adapters may be needed to fit the British type 13 amp, 3 pin sockets.
Health: Carriacou has a small hospital (phone: 443 7400) - a doctor is always available. There are also two general practitioners in Hillsborough, as well as a private medical clinic. Advanced medical care is available on Grenada, Barbados and Martinique.
Clothing: Light casual clothes are the norm. It should be remembered that swimsuits or skimpy beach wear worn worn around town may offend local people.