Beaches & Swimming
There are numerous white sand beaches within walking (Tom's Bay and Sparrow Bay) and driving distance from Bluewater including Paradise Beach, Anse La Roche, Silver Beach, Airport Road Beach and Petit Carnage. For a picture guide to Carriacou's many beaches, click here.
Excellent snorkeling at most all of the beaches on the Leeward side of the island. Paradise Beach and Sandy Island are great choices as the waters are mostly always calmer than any other spots on the island. Snorkelling equipment and underwater camera rentals available from Deefer Diving 473-443-7882
Enjoy a day hiking the island to Anse La Roche, High North National Park (highest elevation on the island at 955'), Windward and Grand Bay or Hospital Hill. Pack a lunch in one of the cooler bags and enjoy the day exploring the Island of Carriacou. Prefer to go with a guide with knowledge of the island? Contact Isle of Reefs Tours @ 473-404-0415. Their local nature guides are professionally trained and possess strong knowledge of the flora, fauna, folklore, trails and waters of Carriacou.
Parks and Gardens
Take a wander through the French and English ruins amidst teak and mahogany groves at Belair National Park (also home to the yearly Maroon String Festival) or stroll through the Botanical Garden in Hillsborough and walk amongst the native plants and trees of the island.
After a short boat ride from Tyrrel Bay you'll find yourself in the middle of one Carriacou's pristine ecosystems and observe oysters growing on the roots of the mangrove trees.
Carriacou offers some of the best dive sites in Grenada with three reputable companies to organize dives and courses for you. Lumba Dive, Arawak Divers and Deefer Diving. (10 minute walk or 2 minute drive from the villa).
Exploring Carriacou from sea level is a unique adventure for the entire family. Single and tandem (two person) kayak rentals include life vests, paddles, back rest and basic instruction to get you going. All kayaks are self-bailing and very easy to right, excellent for the novice or advanced. Kayaks are rented by the half-day (4 hours) and full day from Arawak Divers in Harvey Vale or from Off the Hook at Paradise Beach at 533-5242 to kayak to Sandy Island.
Fishing trips can be booked through our caretaker Carl or through Dave Goldhill, 473-443-7984. All trips are weather dependent.
The villa has a large array of birds flying by, right in front of you, on the deck...sometimes through the house! We've had a couple of guests who were avid bird watchers and they have kindly given us lists and pictures that we've compiled into a Carriacou Bird page here. Bird watching tours are available from Isle of Reefs Tours @ 473-404-0415
Sea turtles can be observed nesting at night from March to October and volunteers can arrange to join nesting patrols as part of the WIDECAST effort to protect sea turtles from illegal hunting and egg poaching since only 1 in 1500 hatchlings make it to egg laying maturity and sea turtle population has plummeted 90% worldwide just in the last 10 years. Patrols camp and walk the beaches at night to help measure and tag the turtles, mark and camouflage nest location, and of course watch the beautiful night skies. For more information contact the Kido Foundation at 443-7936 or contact Isle of Reefs Tours @ 473-404-0415
With such a rich history of boat building there are lots of boat launches throughout the year. Ask any Kayak and they'll be able to give you the update on what's being built now (they build them right on the beach in Windward) and when the launch party is (yes, you can join the party, the whole island is invited). Video and history of boat building in Carriacou here.
Culture and Arts
Carriacou has a rich cultural history and the first stop to exploring is the Carriacou Museum in Hillsborough, run by the Carriacou Historical Society. The society excavates historical sites; hosts visits by archaeological groups, organizes seminars and craft exhibitions and has an extensive reference library of West Indian and African History and artifacts for public viewing. The late Canute Calliste's works can also be viewed at the Carriacou Museum. The island has several artists and crafts persons that create and sell their works in Carriacou at stores around the island and at the Vendors Market.
Caribbean people love to celebrate and Carriacou has numerous festivals throughout the year. Carnival, Parang, Maroon and String Band Festival and Carriacou Regatta to name a few. Refer to the Grenada Tourist Board's calendar to find out the dates for these events. Click here for a great video and links to the different festivals.
You'll see lots of sheep, goats, cows, geckos, millipedes, land turtles, iguana, macaws, donkeys, hawksbill turtles, bananaquits, doves, manicou, hummingbirds, pelicans, frigates and mockingbirds.
One of the best plans for Carriacou is to have no plans and see where the day leads you. Venture out, roam, talk to the locals, wander, hike, gorge on Grenadian chocolate, lime in one of the hundreds of rum shop, watch the fisherman bring in their catch, wander down to the airport beach, rescue sea turtles, go scuba diving, take a bus, dance till dawn.