Carriacou is the largest of the Grenadines, a necklace 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).
People in Carriacou love to celebrate! For just a few days a year people come from far afield to join in, and there are parties most nights.
During festival time Carriacou erupts in a profusion of colours and sounds! People from all over the world come to join in the fun celebrations and parties! Dates can vary, so please refer to the Pure Grenada Events page for the latest events calendar.
Please note that the island can get very noisy and crowded during festival time, and accommodation may be difficult to find. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday, we suggest that you book your stay outside festival dates.
Carriacou is a small island 23 miles north of Grenada. Grenada (GND) is connected to international airports by major airlines - it's then just a short hop to Carriacou. Carriacou can also be easily reached from Barbados (BGI) via Union Island!
From Grenada by Air
SVG Air, an operator out of St Vincent, provides a shuttle service from Grenada to Lauriston Airport, Carriacou 3 times a day. Flight time is around 20 minutes. Lauriston airport is around 5 minutes taxi ride from the dive centre in Hillsborough. The small plane fills up fast, so we recommend booking your flight well in advance! To book, visit the SVG website www.svgair.com or phone (+1 473) 444-3549.
From Grenada by Sea
The Osprey ferry runs Grenada to Carriacou every morning at 9 am (8 am on Sundays). Sailing time is usually around 2 hours, but depends on sea conditions. Visit the Osprey Lines website www.ospreylines.com for more information.
The Dolly C provides an evening service from Grenada to Carriacou on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Visit the Dolly C's Facebook page for more information.
From Barbados via Union Island
There are 2 SVG flights every day from Barbados to Union Island. It's just 4 miles from Union Island to Carriacou. Water taxis are available at either end and journey time usually takes no more than 40 minutes. We can even come to pick you up! Just send us a message to check availability!
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.