Caribbean Tourism

Before Travelling

The Windward Islands

The Windward Islands include four independent nations: Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada as well as the French Antilles which are departments of France. They form a series of volcanic peaks jutting out and forming a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Sulphur fumaroles and hot springs can be found on some...

The West Coast

The west coast road from St George’s has been rebuilt with funds from the government, the Caribbean Development Bank, the EEC and USAID. It is good all the way to Industry. Only the section from Industry to Sauteurs has particularly rough patches but it is fine in an ordinary car with care. Beauséjour Estate, once the island’s largest, is now in ruins (...

St George’s

The island’s capital, St George’s, with its terraces of pale, colour-washed houses and cheerful red roofs, was established in 1705 by French settlers, who called it Fort Royale. Much of its present-day charm comes from the blend of two colonial cultures: typical 18th century French provincial houses intermingle with fine examples of English Georgian...

The Southwest

From the Carenage, you can take a road which goes round the Lagoon, another sunken volcanic crater, now a yacht anchorage. It is overlooked by the ruins of the Islander Hotel, which was taken over by the revolutionary government and subsequently destroyed in the intervention. Work has now started on a new hotel and five-star yachting complex which will have...

Petit Martinique

Petite Martinique (pop: 800), is the only offshore island from Carriacou on which people live, about 900-1,000 of them, descended from French fishermen, Glaswegian shipwrights, pirates and slaves. Its area is 486 acres, rising to a small, volcanic peak. The principal occupations are boatbuilding and fishing. There is a dock with fuel, water, ice and other...

The North Coast

Just outside Victoria, another fishing port and capital of St Mark’s Parish, is a rock in the sea with Amerindian petroglyphs on it (best to know where to look over the parapet). The road continues around the northwest coast, turning inland before returning to the sea at Sauteurs, the capital of St Patrick’s parish, on the north coast. The town is renowned...

The Interior

Mount St Catherine can be climbed quite easily, contrary to popular opinion, although in places it is a climb rather than a walk. There are several routes, perhaps easiest from Grenville. Take a minibus to the Mount Hope road, this is a four-wheel drive track which becomes the path up the mountain. It takes about two hours from leaving the minibus. A guide...

The East Coast

On the east side of the island, Amerindian remains can be seen on rock carvings near Hermitage (look for a sign on the road) and at an archaeological dig near the old Pearls airport. Apparently it’s so unprotected that lots of artefacts have been stolen. The airport is worth a quick visit to see the two old Cuban and Russian planes and the duty-free shop, a...