Canouan is a
lovely island with spectacular beaches, pleasant walks, and
great views almost anywhere. Walk up the hill to the east and
see the fabulous windward lagoon, where an outer reef protects
It is also an island of three parts. The southern (local) part
has moved from a sleepy backwater of small wooden houses and
fields of pigeon peas to a prosperous settlement of big solid
houses. This local part, with the main anchorage is warm and
welcoming; the locals are friendly, love visiting yachts, and
provide services for them.
The Canouan Resort Development Company (CRD) owns, has
developed, and manages the north of the island. This, the
largest part, is gated, with guards at the entry points, and
locals and visitors alike need permission to enter. CRD built a
hotel of about 180 rooms with a giant beach restaurant and pool.
Now they have torn it all down and built a boutique hotel of
about 25 rooms farther down the shore.
To the southeast, Dermot Desmond has the big new "Marina of the
Grenadines" project well under way. It will take boats up to 110
meters with 5.3 meters draft. I hope access to that end of the
island and South Glossy beach will remain open to the public and
not be gated against the 1500 local residents who live in the
middle, as the north is.
The airport is excellent, with plenty of room for the largest
private jet, and maybe the cutest thatched-roof airport building
in the world.
Two marine services run by cousins Marcus and John provide most
things you need. They offer good, frequently inspected moorings
at $50 EC a night. They sell ice and water (currently desal
water at $1 EC a gallon delivered alongside making Canouan the
best Grenadines top up). They will also take your garbage for a
small fee. Either can take you ashore, and help arrange any kind
of tour or anything else you need. Call John's Marine Services
or Marcus Marine Services on [VHF: 16]. If you need a runabout
golf cart, of it you have any prolems at all, Ask for GAZIMO.
The Tamarind Beach Hotel has an ideal beach location with a good
dinghy dock, and yachts are welcome. This elegant hotel has two
waterfront restaurants under the picturesque thatched roofs that
have been built in the traditional Southern American style.
La Palapa is the most formal restaurant and is open for
breakfast, lunch and dinner. You are asked to wear long
trousers, shirt and closed shoes for dinner. It is advised to
make reservations in advance to be sure of seating.
The informal Pirate’s Cove Restaurant and Bar opens at 1600. You
are welcome in shorts/casual wear. Comfortable seating in a
garden setting overlooking the bay makes this an ideal hangout.
Meals are available and include seafood and meat dishes as well
as pasta. They also prepare great pizzas in a wooden pizza oven
Andre's Sea Grape is just south of the main dock. He has done a
great job renovating this building, which is on the beach. It is
open every day 0900-2200. You can get lunch and dinner, but you
need to make reservations for dinner, They offer good local
food, specializing in fresh local seafood, but also offering
Mangrove is a good local restaurant owned by Albert, who also
owns Canouan Food Limited. It is quite far down the road, just
where the airport road turns up the hill. The beach location is
perfect, the prices and food are local, with very inexpensive
lunches and moderately priced dinners, including fresh fish and
lobster. They open for lunch and dinner every day.
since august 05
Canouan Island news
Carenage Bay Resort