an island with over a hundred rum shops and only one gasoline
station.” Frances Kay, Carriacou.
Carriacou is enchanting. The
inhabitants live by farming, fishing, and seafaring, and must
number among the friendliest in the Caribbean. Just about
everywhere in Carriacou is of interest, but Windward should
definitely be part of your tour, as should the road running from
Windward to the north end of the island. Windward is the
traditional center of boatbuilding, and it is here that you can
see the fishing fleet arrive under sail. If you cannot afford a
taxi, take a bus over to Windward and hike. A destination with a
great view is the hospital, which sits high on the mountain
overlooking the Hillsborough Bay.
Carriacou has lovely anchorages,
pleasant hiking, yacht haul-out facilities, yacht services, dive
shops, and entertaining bars, restaurants, and cafes.
Hillsborough is a pleasant town built on a lovely beach. As you
walk down the main street, you catch glimpses of the sea through
gaps between the buildings. Hillsborough is a good anchorage,
with the marine park right nearby. You can also visit by hopping
on one of the frequent buses that run between Tyrrel Bay and
Hillsborough (fare $3.50). You will find good restaurants and
shops, a local market, and you can pop into the tourist office
for maps and information, including cultural events.
For pets that need attention, there is a good animal hospital,
run by Cathy and Hans, and if you need attention, Carriacou
Health Services (CHS) brings in specialists (including a
dentist) on various days of the week, and can do tests. They
take walk-ins for emergencies but otherwise call ahead. The
local hospital has a commanding view of the bay, and Carriacou
has a doctor.
Tyrrel Bay is huge, well-protected, and very popular with
cruisers. The taking of mangrove oysters is no longer allowed,
so do not buy any.
Businesses line the waterfront. A road separates them from the
sea. The shore was once thickly wooded with manchineel and
seagrapes. Most were cut down to increase the visibility between
the boats and the businesses. When Hurricane Lenny threw
record-breaking swells into the bay, it devastated the
unprotected shoreline and destroyed much of the road, turning
several properties into beachfront real estate. The government
then built the big seawall that now lines the waterfront. The
trees are coming back.
There are many restuarants and quiite a few yachts services
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