Day trip to the dull Carriacou

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Sunrise @ Grand Anse Beach

I slept rather well the previous night and woke up at 6am to catch sunrise at the beach. It was a lot more crowded than I hoped. Right next to the hotel was a public park, and lots of people use that to enter the beach and have an early morning swim. But sunrise by itself was good. I was still a bit disappointed by the low tide (I mean seriously, felt like being in a lake!) but it was beautiful nonetheless.

Got ready - my agenda was made up for the rest of the trip so all I had to do was execute it. Today's plan was one of the 3 big islands that belong to Grenada, namely Carriacou. It's now grown into a separate town that's vastly dependent on the main island for a lot of things.

St.Georges and the Friday hustle
This was my first day taking public transport. I was walking down the road when a man in a minivan yelled at me from the road, pointing at me to run to his minivan asap. I was a bit surprised and amused and unsure of what to do, but one thing about Grenada - you feel safe automatically. So I just ran, got into the bus. There was LOUD music playing, the raggae Sean Kingston kind of sound. It didn't sound too commercial which was a good thing. The minivan seems to pick up people till it gets full ( probably houses about 15 people?) and it was a strange expereince. Everything's based on trust in this country. They charge 2.50 EC$ which you can pay when you climb aboard or leave. I reached St.Georges and asked to be dropped outside the Fire Station to catch the ferry to Carriacou.
headed off to Carriacou

It was really really hot. You start to sweat here automatically. But it also doesn't feel that bad because there's also a lovely breeze that blows on and off. I went for a walk around the Bay, or what they call as the Carenage. The boat left by 915am, and we were on our way to Carriacou. There were quite a few no. of people going as this is a popular day trip.

The boat ride was really nice. Nothing special, but it was so nice having a boaty cruise with all the trademarks... wind blowing, breezy, sunny, ideal to just stretch and relax with your favourite music on (Fireflies, anyone?), really nice feeling. We reached Carriacou by 1130am, the island seems small (and boring!). Apparently lots of people have holiday homes here and I'm thinking what DO they do?!

I had a few hours and didn't really want to waste much time.

Approaching Carriacou
The books all talk about taking private taxis to tour the island. The tourist office was right across the harbour where we docked, I enquired about touring the island and the lady said that she could find me a taxi for about 2 hours or so. It was a bit pricey (200 EC$) but the only way to get everything in (and which on hindsight was a royal waste). One thing I'm noticing here is that people are really laidback. It's literally like a home member walking into to any office, they're so genuinely friendly that they talk to you like they've known you all their lives.

The driver took me first stop to the Princess Belair hospital which was on a hill. First logical question would be, if this is a hospital, why is it so high up on a hill? Turns out that back in the day, people with malaria were brought here and it was believed that mosquitoes and other germs wouldn't survive this high, and hence the hospital was built atop the hill.

Carriacou
The hospital today is STILL functional. And proof of what a healthy state Grenada is - even though they have some 60 odd beds, apparently only 4 are used up at any time. In addition to this, there are private and public clinics on the island (Hillsborough, the capital) which cater to minor ailments.

There really were a bunch of places we went to on this island, nothing that really sticks out except the Scottish town of Windward on the East coast which is where boats are built. You can't really see boats being built as they are done in private houses and the trees and others cover the manufacturing process. Other than this, the island to me was dull. Sure, it offers lovely views of the water but it's essentially just an island with lots of houses scattered all over the places.

These sort of houses are quite popular here....
What WAS interesting however was the style of houses - they have these ground floor (first floor American) without any rooms but just pillars... and the actual house/habitation is on the top floor. I believe some of these ground floors later house tanks.

Anyway back it was to Hillsborough (and not a minute too soon - too hot, boring and dry island), I wanted to go to the museum but decided otherwise as it really didn't seem all that much. Had lunch at a rsnt...food was so-so but the view was magnificent. Lovely breeze. It appears this island is fun as long as you're next to the shore! The problem here is, it was about 2pm and I was under the idea that the ferry comes back at 3pm, and kept waiting and waiting from 245pm. Later found out that it's 330... so I had effectively wasted 1 hour, not that I could've done much in this town anyway.

View of the Petite Martinique

Caught the ferry - ride back was brilliant and we were docking into St.Georges harbour (which is on the west) around sunset, so it really really looked beautiful (see photos). Got back to the hotel, spent sunset by the beach (lovely!) and had dinner which included nutmeg cheesecake. Very very good! In hindsight, I think this day ends up as  the most boring one of the trip!

YantiSoeparno says:
I wish I could be on the boat there feeling the breeze and the sun ray on my face.... but only before 9 am, cause I don't want to get darker ;D
Posted on: Jan 08, 2010
YantiSoeparno says:
You didn't tell me that you went to Grenada. I thought you were busy working :P
Posted on: Dec 13, 2009
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Sunrise @ Grand Anse Beach
Sunrise @ Grand Anse Beach
St.Georges and the Friday hustle
St.Georges and the Friday hustle
headed off to Carriacou
headed off to Carriacou
Approaching Carriacou
Approaching Carriacou
Carriacou
Carriacou
These sort of houses are quite pop…
These sort of houses are quite po…
View of the Petite Martinique
View of the Petite Martinique
View of Carriacou from the Hospital
View of Carriacou from the Hospital
Yep, more colourful box type house…
Yep, more colourful box type hous…
Near a boat making factory
Near a boat making factory
I loved this shop - random shot...…
I loved this shop - random shot..…
Lunch break
Lunch break
Inner town of Carriacou
Inner town of Carriacou
Departing the island after a days…
Departing the island after a day'…
Grenada mainland
Grenada mainland
St.Georges by sunset
St.Georges by sunset
St.Georges at sunset
St.Georges at sunset
The Police and Fire station @ St.G…
The Police and Fire station @ St.…
Evening rush headed back to Carria…
Evening rush headed back to Carri…
Nutmeg cheese cake... yep, nutmeg!
Nutmeg cheese cake... yep, nutmeg!
with the owner of Sapphire rsnt, B…
with the owner of Sapphire rsnt, …