Discover Carriacou | About the Islands

Discover Carriacou

Carriacou and Petite Martinique boast the most beautiful coral reefs. Carriacou – the larger of the two – is known as the ‘Land of Reefs’, with shallow clear waters: ideal for snorkelling. Occupants of both islands are independent and fiercely traditional. On Carriacou – home to 8,000 people – the musical customs of their African ancestors can be experienced at the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival held in the month of April.

French settlers were the first on Petite Martinique, which is an island not phased by modernity. Petite Martiniquians make their livelihood from boat-building and fishing – a skill they have mastered, which is fascinating to hear about and witness. If you’re seeking a more authentic experience, a short trip by ferry or local aircraft will transport you to the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

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    Carriacou's History

    The earliest written records dating back to 1656 suggest that Caribs named Carriacou ‘Kayryouacou’, meaning ‘land surrounded by reef’. Archaeological discoveries of pottery tools from approximately 1000 AD reveal that Arawaks and Caribs from South America were the first settlers on the island.

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    Carriacou's Culture

    Carriacouians have rich traditions and customs passed through generations influenced by their African and European ancestors. There are so many cultural experiences to take in and capture-worthy celebrations, be it as a witness to a traditional wedding or boat-launching event, watching the Big Drum Nation Dance or Shakespeare Mas, or taking part in All Saint Candle Lighting ‘Pass Play’ and Fishermen Birthday Celebrations.

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    Meet the people

    The proud and independent inhabitants of Carriacou are very similar to the warm and welcoming personalities of people in mainland Grenada. The differences can be found in the interesting stories of the people and how their ancestors and families settled in Carriacou, and the cultural traditions they still enjoy today.

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