Day trip to the dull Carriacou
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!