Carriacou and Petit Martinique#9 in Best Things To Do in Grenada
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When you tire of touring Grenada Island, escape to Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Located north of the main island, Carriacou and Petit Martinique's two islets exude an even less touristy atmosphere than Grenada Island; in fact, don't be surprised if you never encounter another visitor.
Carriacou is the larger of the two islands and boasts several small hotels, restaurants, and even a local museum. Carriacou also serves as a great place to experience Grenadian culture, with events like the Carriacou Carnival and the Carriacou Regatta showcasing local music and the islands' connection to the sea. Meanwhile, Petit Martinique is as close to a desert-island escape that you'll ever want to experience. This tiny island just a few miles from Carriacou's northeast shore doesn't have much in the way of lodging and dining. But what it lacks in amenities, it makes up for in beautiful beaches.
You can reach Carriacou and Petit Martinique by ferry from St. George's; one-way tickets to Carriacou cost $80 XCD (about $30 USD), while the ride from Carriacou to Petit Martinique costs an additional $20 XCD (a little over $7 USD). You can also fly into Carriacou's Lauriston Airport from the main island. For more transportation information, visit our guide to Getting Around Grenada. To learn more about Carriacou and Petit Martinique, check out the Grenada Tourism Board's website.
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#1 St. George's
Many travelers that have wandered the narrow streets of St. George's say that it's almost like walking through an oil painting. The vivid, brightly painted houses exude an aura of colonialism. In fact, Grenada's capital city—located on Grenada Island's southwestern shore—has earned the unofficial title of the most beautiful harbor town in the Caribbean.
Devote an hour or two to exploring St. George's marina (known as the Carenage), where you'll find plenty of restaurants serving up local cuisine with a side of spectacular views. But there's much more to this city than its postcard-worthy appearance. St. George's serves as a great place to get a whirlwind introduction to Grenadian culture. Discover the islands' colonial history at Fort Frederick and Fort George and learn about local spices at Market Square.
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