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Carriacou and Grenada

Our last stop in the Southern Carribean was Grenada. As usual, we preferred the less busy areas. Sandy Island Carriacou was our all time favorite. Ronde Island and the famous Sister Islands by Kick Em Jennie were a close second.

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Carriacou and Grenada

Carriacou

Carriacou is home to 8,000 people and more than 100 rum shops in Carriacou. It is part of the Grenadian government, although geographically part of the Grenadines.

In Carriacou, we stopped at Anse La Roche, Tyrell Bay (just for customs checkin) and Sandy Island/Paradise Beach.

Anse La Roche Carriacou

Our first stop was a quiet anchorage called Anse La Roche in Carriacou, a secluded paradise beach. While a 50 minute hike from the closest road, it is easy to reach by boat. Wonderful snorkeling around the “rocks” and a beautiful beach with Tim’s Lobster BBQ beach bar.

Sandy Island Carriacou

Our next stop was Sandy Island, a small sandy island off Paradise Beach, near Hillsborough, Carriacou’s capital city. It is a protected marine park. It’s the largest and most biologically diverse MPA in Grenada and is a unique ecosystem that features a mangrove network, coral reefs, sea grasses, and marine and avi fauna. There are mooring balls which we recommend you use. You can also anchor but you must be far off the coral reefs and only in the sand.

Snorkeling was fantastic on the south end for big schools of yellow grunts and big coral heads at the north end. In addition to the usual Caribbean reef fish, we spotted large nurse sharks, rays, and turtles, as well as the flashy silversides. The area is popular for humpback whales in their migration path, but we did not spot any.

The beach itself is great for relaxing, picnic and swimming. Across the bay is Paradise Beach Restaurant – a must visit spot. The owner’s son will greet you upon arrival at Sandy Island and ask you to make a reservation AND he will pick you up and bring you back no charge. Totally worth it for the food and dining experience and saves having to beach your dinghy. Wednesday is the best day with live music, dinner and paint your own board with your boat name to tack on the wall (we missed this).

Ronde Island and Sister Islands

Next, we traveled south towards the main island of Grenada. We wanted to stop at White Island and Saline Island but instead did a drive by and headed to Ronde Island for an overnight stop. Ronde is a private island of 2000 acres, listed at $100,000,000 in 2007. It is uniquely beautiful with a mix of mountains, valleys, ponds and beaches. There is a small trail that leads from the main anchorage on the northeast side over to the windward side of the island beach.

Sister Rocks

Near Ronde are The Sister Rocks (kapuloan sa grenada). They are the result of volcanic eruptions of an underwater volcano. A fantastic dive site, but be wary of currents and go with a tour group!

Kick Em Jenny Underwater Volcano

The next leg of our journey had us sailing over an underwater volcano! It had last erupted a couple weeks before we sailed the area, which made me extremely nervous after reading about all of the dangers on the Kick Em Jenny web site! In summary, submarine volcanoes like this release large quantities of gas bubbles into the water, even in quiet times between eruptions. This can lower the density of the seawater above the vent. This is very dangerous to shipping, because boats entering a zone of lowered water density will lose buoyancy and may sink.

Grenada

Next up – the main island of Grenada. We really did not want to go anywhere near the Grand Anse beach harbor where our friends boat was hijacked near St. George. So, we sailed along the windward side of Grenada to get to Clark’s Court, where we had a certified Yanmar diesel mechanic scheduled to work on our engine. The windward side was really scenic, with the London Bridge rock formation, Green Island, Sugar Loaf and another but different Sandy Island! We were able to sail close enough to enjoy the shoreline views until our final destination in Woburn Bay.

Clark’s Court – Woburn Bay

We anchored right in front of Calivigny Island, where all-inclusive nightly rates for reserving Calivigny Island start at $132,000, plus applicable taxes. During the festive season, from mid-December through January 6th, rates are available upon request.

We also enjoyed spending time in Le Phare Bleu which had an excellent dock marina, restaurant, tropical cottages, live music on the lightship, pool, gourmet meat & wine shop, a cafe, clothing store and laundry facilities.