Size: About 8 by 3 miles,
covering 78 sq km, but Carriacou with its
many sandy bays, indented coastline and wooded hills (the highest
point rises to 956 ft) to explore, has the feeling of a larger island.
The population is around 8000.
English, though some local patois
derived from French and African languages may be heard.
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) is
the official currency. It is tied to the US dollar at approximately
US$1.00 = EC$2.68. US dollars are widely accepted.
Banking: Barclays Bank and the Grenada Bank of
Commerce, both in Hillsborough, will exchange money and cash
International direct dial or
credit card charged calls are available.
Grentel in Hillsborough has a
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 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.
Current is 220 volts, 50 Hz. AC
transformers/adapters may be needed to fit the British type 13 amp, 3
Health: Carriacou has a small hospital. A doctor
is always available. Advanced medical care is available on Grenada,
Barbados and Martinique.
Light casual clothes are generally worn.
It should be remembered that swimsuits or brief beachwear worn around
the town may offend local people. Otherwise, there are many
clothing-optional locations on secluded beaches and nearby off-shore
islands. It is generally accepted that beaches not readily acceptable
to local families are discreetly clothing optional.
Car rentals are available, and local transport is by mini-buses with colourful names
such as "Survivalive" and "Lady in Red", which ply
the main routes during day time. Taxis are readily available. Some of
the Carriacou roads are an experience in themselves!
One must stop at Hillsborough to clear in as
officials do not allow boats to anchor at Tyrell Bay before clearance. This only
applies to boats arriving from another country. Customs office is in the
commercial harbour, immigration at the police station. In Carriacou one must
also visit the Grenada port authority office, located next to customs.
Carriacou Yacht Club
Tel:(473) 443-6292, Fax:(473) 443-6292, VHF Channel 16
provides some of the other marina facilities but no docking.
The island's profile is marked by two
high points of almost 1,000 feet, at the north and south ends of the
island, with a wooded ridge running between them. Numerous small
settlements stud the landscape. Red flamboyant trees and creamy white
frangipani blossom among the mahoganies, acacias, sea almonds, and
cacti. While it is at the sea, with its exquisite spectrum of blues,
that makes Carriacou a holiday destination (the name is said to come
from the Carib for "land surrounded by reefs")
one town, has an unprepossessing Main Street: some storefronts are
empty, paint is peeling on others. But take a closer look and you will
see its history in the stone and shingled buildings, balconied second
floors, and the beautiful, dressed-stone remains of a lime warehouse,
being carefully and conscientiously salvaged in an overgrown lot.
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