Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Why Carriacou?

Ever since our family began visiting island destinations, we have been drawn to locations that have fewer tourists, less shopping, no cruise ships and a whole lot more peace and quiet. Holidays in Hawaii and the Western Caribbean were adventuresome and exciting, but they always included an element of "stress" that should not be associated with what would otherwise be considered a restful vacation.

As we read more about the Caribbean, we found ourselves being drawn further east; to locations that have remained off the beaten path and much less developed. We yearned to find the "old Caribbean" described in books such as "Escape to the Tropics" (Desmond Holdridge, 1937, Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York). Could such a destination still exist?

Introducing Carriacou.

Carriacou is officially part of the three-island nation of Grenada (which includes: Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique), although it's location places it at the southernmost reaches of the Grenadines.

It is difficult to say with all certainty what attracts us to Carriacou, but it is probably best described as a combination of the wonderful native people (and most of the ex patriots who now live there), the natural beauty of the island's features, and the lack of commercial development. The island is one of the last remaining Caribbean locations that has not been completely spoiled by man. We hope that in some way, we can help it remain that way for future generations to enjoy.