Written by Missy Johnston
Carriacou, Grenada is a relaxing island off the beaten path, where vacationers on a luxury yacht cruise in the Caribbean may partake of the island’s relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. Carriacou natives earn their livings primarily through boat building, growing crops, raising livestock, and fishing. There is no urban hustle and bustle; instead, there are only beaches, rolling, forested mountains, and fascinating displays of local cultural traditions.
These are interesting to explore during the Carriacou stop on a Caribbean private yacht charter.
Picture turquoise water, sand ranging in color from pristine white to a soft glimmering pink, and happy sea turtles swimming in the shallow surf. Try Anse La Roche for scenic seclusion, Tyrrel Bay Beach for impressive marine life and diving opportunities, Paradise Beach for lounging on the beach with a snack and a cocktail, or Sandy Island Beach for romance, relaxation, and leisurely snorkeling.
Carriacou is derived from the Kalinago (Carib) word “Kayryouacou,” which means “land surrounded by reefs.” It’s a prime spot for activities such as diving and snorkeling.
Some of the best dive and snorkel spots include several sections of beautiful coral reefs teeming with marine life and an underwater sculpture park made for divers to explore. Arrange these activities with the yacht captain so he can plan a time to avoid the usual crowds and tours.
Festivals and traditions
For the most memorable experiences on Carriacou, observe some of the local traditions. The ritual celebrations honor weddings, burials, and past relatives.
Visit a Saracca celebration to enjoy food served on banana leaves as living celebrants honor the dead with stories, music, and dancing. Or see a Parent Plate gathering to eat with the locals as they honor their past relatives with a bounty of food and drink. Tombstone Feasts, as the name suggests, are yearly memorials to the dead accompanied by a feast and a Big Drum, or prayer, service.
Weddings are also traditionally honored with a Cake and Flag Dancing ritual, which highlights the union of two families with much dancing and a Big Drum ceremony.