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December 22, 2008

Ferry from Grenada to The Grenadines

Osprey%20Ferry.jpgTwice daily the privately owned, Osprey ferry makes a run from the tiny Grenadian Grenadine island of Petit Martinique to Carriacou and then on to Grenada. The Grenada to Carriacou portion takes about 1 1/2 hours, and completes a round trip, twice a day. If you fancy a quick day trip to Petit Martinique it's only a 20 min run from Carriacou.

The ferry is the most reasonable (though hardly cheap), and reliable way to go back and forth from Grenada to it's outlying islands. There are some flights into Carricou's Lauriston Airport from Pt. Salines in Grenada, but nowadays everyone seems to like traveling by ferry. It does arrive, after all, in St George's, eliminating the need for an expensive taxi ride from the airport.

And if you want a quick day trip to the 500 person strong island community of Petit Martinique, this is the way to do it.

If you want to traverse the entire chain of Islands you can begin your Grenadine island hop this way. Starting or finishing in Grenada. And from the other end begin or end in St Vincent. There are ferries all the way down and up the chain of islands, but it is difficult to hop the short distance from Union Island (St Vincent) to Carriacou (Grenada). Usually a very expensive private speedboat trip can bridge this gap.

Check their schedule:www.ospreylines.com
Grenada to Carriacou 9am and 5:30pm daily. M-F.Sat 9am only. Sunday 8am and 5:30pm
Carriacou to Grenada: 6am and 3:30pm daily. M-Sat. Sunday 3:30pm only

The cost: One Way from Grenada to Carriacou is $80 EC ($30US)



December 1, 2008

Hotels: Palm Island Beach Resort

palm-island-beach-resort-1.jpgpalm-island-beach-resort-2.jpgPalm Island Beach Resort is the quintessential private island resort. This 135 acre island is located in The Grenadines, a chain of idyllic islands that are part of St. Vincent. The easiest way to get there is by short flight from Barbados to neighboring Union Island. Palm's private launch meets the plane and after a ten minute boat trip you've arrived at one of the most exclusive getaways in the Caribbean. Featuring 37 bungalows, the resort is an all-inclusive of the highest order.

Food: Table service featuring a changing menu of steak, fish, lobster. All the wine you can drink. A buffet happens one night a week, featuring a tremendous selection of meat and fish.

What to do?: Day sail on Yannis catamaran to the Tobago Cays. Full day at sea, checking out the reknown Cays, which are four uninhabited isles floating in the clearest, bluest water you have ever seen. Includes lunch, beer, rum punch, snorkeling gear.

Internet: Available in the library and game room, free of charge

Beach: One of my favorites, the golden sand of Casuarina beach will make a beach lover weep. Also a pool for you landlubbers. Hammocks swing between palm trees

Prices: $650-$875 daily for a double in low season
$850-$1075 daily for a double at Christmas

Website: http://www.eliteislandresorts.com



November 25, 2008

Inexpensive room on the beach

Peace Haven Guest House

Peace%20Haven%20Guest%20House.jpgMy old friend Lucelle runs her variety store with the help of Danelle. These ladies are the salt of the earth, and knowing them just makes you feel fuzzy all over to be in the 'real' Caribbean.

The store is on the main street of Hillborough, which is really the only town in Carriacou. There are a few settlements around this small island, but all the 'action' is here.

Behind the store is Lucelles home. There are a couple of rooms built above it. They are clean, self catering and on the beach. This has got to be the best value in the Caribbean, and I almost hesitate to let people know about it, except that Lucelle has bills like the rest of us, and could surely use the income she would get if the rooms were full all the time.

There is a fridge, and a propane-fired hotplate, as well as a toaster oven. There is a sink and some pots and pans and cutlery, although if you plan on doing some serious cooking, you'd better bring some of your own. Actually, there is a really limited amount of foodstuffs for sale on the island. So, consider bringing as much food as you can haul from the supermarkets in Grenada.

The beach in front of her place is spectacular, in spite of being so close to the town. The main dock is just a few hundred feet away.

The rooms both have balconies overlooking the sea, and come equipped with two double beds and a grainy TV. It's not luxury, but for $45 a night, it's clearly a great deal! Bring mosquito repellent.

Lucelle Akins, Peace Haven Guest House, Main Street, Carriacou, Grenada
(473) 443-7475 or (473) 443-8365
just tell her 'Don from Toronto' sent you




August 28, 2008

10 BEST Caribbean beaches you've never heard of
  • Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
  • Devil's Bay, The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI
  • Ile Pinel, St. Martin
  • Casuarina Beach, Palm Island, The Grenadines, St. Vincent
  • Grand Anse des Salines, Martinique
  • White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
  • Minister Bay, Tobago
  • Anse Chastenet Beach, St. Lucia
  • Knip Bay, Curacao
  • Point o'Sand Beach, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands



January 30, 2008

Island Hopping by local ferry

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Some Caribbean islands are easier to get to than others. Those would be the ones you can fly into. However, once you land think about taking local ferries to experience some of the smaller islands. The following is a short guide to the possibilities:

The USVI and The BVI are well connected to each other, as well as to their local island communities. Ferry companies, Smiths and Speedy's connect Tortola to Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and other smaller isles in the BVI. St. Thomas and St John are almost joined at the hip due to excellent, frequent service. Tip: You can go from the US side to the British side easily. (http://bvivacations.com/Ferry.html).

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