We had the week after Christmas off from work so I took a little vacation to Carriacou with Little YY. One of my friends JG decided to take a little vacation from her two Little Ones and went along with us to Cayak-land.
Carriacou is one of the 3 islands that make up the country of Grenada, or more correctly the nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Carriacou-ans, or Cayaks as they are colloquially called, have developed a reputation on the “mainland” for distancing themselves from what we would refer to as regular Grenadian life. For instance, Carriacou celebrates it’s own carnival directly before Lent, like Trinidad, instead of in August like Grenada. There are major cultural traditions that exist only in Carriacou and Petite Martinique such as the Maroon Festival, Parang, Boat-building, and assorted other Afro-centric customs. And, more to the point, Cayaks and Petite Martiniquians have been agitating for years – sometimes in jest, sometimes not – for secession from Grenada!
Anyways, we made reservations at the Carriacou Grand View as I was particularly enchanted by the prospect of lounging by the pool doing nothing and sipping cocktails! We left 9am Saturday morning aboard the Osprey shuttle ferry and arrived in Hillsborough around 11am completely bruised, weary and sea-sick! That has to be the worst sea crossing I have ever experienced going to Carriacou. Roughly 70% of the passengers were in varying stages of moaning, shrieking and vomiting. Poor JG was throwing up – very quietly and decorously I must admit. Little YY, who initially was enjoying the roller-coaster ride, ended the trip clutching her barf-bag and in tears wailing for the boat to stop so she could “get off and go home”. Thank goodness for Gravol which I had to literally drug her with in order for her to get on the ferry on the return trip!
Seasickness aside we had a really nice, relaxing time. Carriacou is really beautiful. The pace is slower than in Grenada but the people are friendlier and getting around is remarkably easy. Below are some photos from the trip.
Hope you enjoyed!