Where to Stay in Carriacou

Gorgeous Carriacou
Carriacou

It is no secret that Bunny is a huge fan of her home island of Carriacou. Carriacou is a gorgeous, unspoiled, quiet, practically crime-free and affordable holiday paradise that the wider public has never heard of.

Although the main island of Grenada is growing in popularity day-by-day, relatively few people make their way to its much smaller sister island Carriacou as it requires an additional ferry ride, or a short flight, from the main island. There are no luxury hotels, all-inclusive establishments or fancy expat enclaves in Carriacou. And better that way, Bunny says.

Your best bet for accommodation is to rent one of the excellent villas or apartments available on the island. Luckily for you, Bunny has tested a number of them and is willing to share her favourite places to stay in Carriacou.

But she wouldn’t be a proper blogger if she didn’t start by promoting her own, brand-new Airbnb: Beach Bums Carriacou.

Bunny’s Little Piece of Paradise: Beach Bums Carriacou

Beach Bums Carriacou is Bunny’s new tiny house Airbnb located on the beautiful St. Louis peninsula of Carriacou. It is a secluded and romantic hideaway for people who appreciate privacy and amazing views.

Beach Bums views
Shower under the stars

The tiny house includes an open plan bedroom and kitchenette, a modern toilet, a lush outdoor shower, an oversized hammock net with killer views and a spacious terrace area with a plunge pool. There is no air conditioning but there is a near-constant ocean breeze and ceiling fans for your comfort.

Stylish tiny house

Beach Bums is thoughtfully and stylishly equipped. You can cook your own meals on the two-burner stovetop or on the outdoor BBQ or take a picnic basket to a nearby beach. The hammock net is a dreamy place to take in the sounds of the surrounding forest and gaze upon the zillions of stars in the night sky above.

The plunge pool provides a refreshing dip on a hot day and three gorgeous, almost always deserted, beaches are within walking distance from Beach Bums Carriacou, all of them with interesting snorkelling.

Beach Bums Carriacou is a place to truly relax and unwind, Bunny says. And when you’ve had enough of relaxation, Tyrrel Bay with all its services, restaurants, grocery shops and bars is a mere 10-minute drive away.

Beach Bums Carriacou
Stylish interior

Beach Bums Carriacou has reliable and fast Wi-Fi. And should you have any questions about your vacation or Carriacou in general, Bunny is a mere stone’s throw away, in her own villa, always ready to dole out her advice and recommendations.

In Short

Live like Bunny, in a modern, minimalistic dwelling in an unspoiled, gorgeous location within walking distance to fabulous beaches.

Luxury Hilltop Apartment: Castaways Carriacou

Castaways Apartment is a contemporary luxury apartment in Carriacou with all the modern conveniences.

The spacious two-storey apartment is stylish and well thought through. The upper level contains an open plan (fully equipped) kitchen, dining room and living room. Downstairs has a bedroom with a view, a beautiful bathroom and a spacious, walk-in wardrobe with a vanity area. There is also a large terrace right off the bedroom with a patio set.

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Image of bedroom view

The bedroom has an air conditioner, but Bunny was comfortable most nights simply leaving the screened patio door open. There is a lovely breeze that also keeps away mosquitos, which is a great advantage in Carriacou.

Castaways is located on a hilltop, so the views are absolutely lovely to all directions. There are three different terraces at Castaways, each offering a unique beautiful view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea and outlying islands. You can admire the gorgeous White Island, check out the Grenadian coastline in the distance, keep an eye on the sailboats in Tyrrel Bay or take in the stunning sunsets from different spots on the property. Observing and comparing sunrises and sunsets on the terraces was one of Bunny’s favourite things to do at Castaways.

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Image of Castaways dining table

There is plenty to keep you occupied in the apartment from the impressive DVD collection to various board games. The Wi-Fi is fast and reliable as well. The friendly owners, Liz and Martin, live in the same house but the Castaways apartment is totally separate. You can benefit from the owners’ assistance and recommendations for your holiday, but you can also stay totally private if you wish.

Castaways is a 5-minute drive, or a 15-minute walk, from Tyrrel Bay.

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Image of view from Castaways

In Short

Castaways offers a spacious, modern apartment with a stylish interior, all the modern conveniences and unparalleled 360-degree hilltop views.

Gem on Paradise Beach: Paradise Beach House

Paradise Beach House has an enviable location directly on Carriacou’s most famous beach. You are literally steps away from the soft sand and the alluring Caribbean Sea.

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Spectacular beach

In addition to the beach, you can walk to a number of great restaurants, including Bunny’s favourites of Paradise Beach Club and Fig N’ Bluggoe. If you want to explore Carriacou further, it is equally easy to walk to the main road to catch one of the minivans making up the island’s bus system.

The beach house has a loft style with the bedroom upstairs and a smaller bedroom downstairs. There is no air conditioning but ceiling and portable fans help in the hotter months. Mosquito nets keep the pesky mosquitos away in the rainy season.

The kitchen in Paradise Beach House is fully equipped so you can do your own cooking here. There is also a washer and a dryer.

Loft style living

The lounge area has excellent views and an inviting hammock. The beach house also offers a kayak, snorkel gear and other beach essentials for guests. Lots of games and books are stocked for rainy days (which are rare in Carriacou). What is best, the amazing Sandy Island is a mere 5-minute boat ride (or longer paddle) away.

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Master bedroom

Bunny finds Paradise Beach House a particularly good choice for families with beach-loving children.

In Short

If you like rustic vibes and can live without air-conditioning, Paradise Beach House offers an unbeatable location in Carriacou.

For Special Occasions: Las Tortugas Villa

Bunny thinks Las Tortugas has one of the best locations on the island: the views towards Sandy and Union Islands are unbeatable and the famous Paradise Beach is literally just steps away.

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Image of Las Tortugas terrace

The whitewashed hillside villa is beautifully decorated, with colourful touches around the property. It is fully equipped for an indulgent Caribbean holiday. The villa even comes with staff, with the friendly Godfrey checking on you every day to make sure your holiday is progressing without a hitch.

The infinity pool with heavenly views is a definite highlight of the villa. Bunny loved to laze in and around the pool, enjoying the view and total privacy that Las Tortugas offers. The expansive terrace around the house affords the same dreamy view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, complete with BBQ, comfy sitting area and large dining room table.

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Image of pool view

Naturally, all of this does not come cheap. Bunny thinks Las Tortugas is best suited for a special family occasion or for two couples travelling together. There are two equally beautiful master bedrooms, with air-conditioning, full bathrooms and plenty of space. An additional, alcove-type sleeping space in the living room provides room for two more people if needed.

The villa’s open plan kitchen is fully equipped and a perfect setting for cooking family meals. Alternatively, if you feel too lazy to cook yourself, you can take the well-maintained steps down to Paradise Beach to grab a bite in one of the beach restaurants. Just don’t eat (or drink) too much to be able to walk back up the stairs, Bunny says.

Image of Bunny at Las Tortugas
Image of Paradise Beach

Back at the villa, you can enjoy the recreation area downstairs which has a pool table, games and books for your entertainment. The villa also has well-functioning Wi-Fi, direct TV and DVD player. If you’re travelling with kids, they will not get bored here, Bunny says.

In Short

Las Tortugas is a perfect choice for a special family occasion or an indulgent Caribbean getaway for two couples.

Good Value: Oyster Shell Apartment in Tyrrel Bay

Before moving to Carriacou, Bunny had the pleasure of staying in Oyster Shell Apartment for a full month. It was a perfect choice for a long-term stay in Carriacou as it provides good value, particularly if you negotiate a discount.

The location is ideal for an active holiday. You are steps away from Tyrrel Bay beach which is a great place for sunsets and people-watching. Many businesses, including grocery stores, restaurants, bars and dive shops are located on the beach. Plus, the local minibus route goes right past the apartment.

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Image of Tyrell Bay beach

Oyster Shell itself has all the conveniences you need for a self-catering holiday. Bunny cooked many of her meals during her month-long stay at Oyster Shell. The kitchen is fully equipped and functional. A big fridge and freezer make it easy to plan meals and the best grocery shop on the island is a short walk away. Very handy, Bunny says.

There is a housekeeping service once a week (the apartment was sparkling clean!) and you get plenty of fresh linen, towels and even some toiletries during your stay. The shower has hot water (but the kitchen doesn’t) that you switch on a few minutes before you step in. It works well, Bunny says, but the shower head is a water-saving model so be prepared for showers that are a light mist.

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Image of sunset in Tyrell Bay

The air-conditioning in the apartment is a bit loud but you quickly get used to that. There is not much breeze in Tyrrel Bay and the late afternoon sun beams directly in, so the air-con is a must - even Bunny used it although she usually tries to resist these energy-hogging beats.

The Oyster Shell has a nice balcony overlooking Tyrrel Bay. You can watch gorgeous sunsets here. There is also Wi-Fi in the flat.

In Short

If you want a comfortable flat in a central location, with beach access and grocery shops and restaurants just around the corner, Oyster Shell Apartment in Tyrrel Bay is a solid choice.

Hotel in the Best Location: Mermaid Beach Hotel

The Mermaid Beach Hotel in Carriacou is the best small hotel on the island. It has clean, contemporary rooms and a great location - and affordable prices.

The hotel is located, surprise-surprise, right on the beach. Hillsborough Beach might not be the nicest beach on the island (check out Bunny’s blog post on Carriacou Beaches), but it has soft pepper sand, clear water and great views towards Union Island. And there's a cool swing on the beach for those all-important Instagram photos…

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Image of Callaloo restaurant

The Mermaid Beach Hotel is small, with only 22 rooms in total. Bunny felt like the only guest when she stayed there. However, having visited during the hurricane season, it is quite possible that she was, in fact, the lone traveller there.

The Mermaid offers three room types: standard (with two single beds or a king), sea view and suite. Bunny stayed in the cheapest option which was more than adequate. If you'd prefer a sea view, it's best to pay the small difference and upgrade.

All rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite TV, a safety deposit box and a refrigerator to cool down those Carib beers. The free Wi-Fi worked well throughout the hotel.

The bathrooms are not large, but they are modern and clean, with plenty of towels and abundant hot water. Some toiletries are also provided.

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Image of Mermaid hotel

There are several food shops and restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. The Callaloo restaurant at Mermaid Beach Hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is not Bunny’s top choice for restaurants on the island but it is conveniently located and has some (limited) vegetarian options and a pleasant terrace with sea views.

In Short

Mermaid Beach Hotel is a good choice for anyone who prefers a comfortable stay in a modern hotel, with easy access to the beach and local restaurants.

Other Places to Stay

Bunny has not personally stayed in the following places but they seem to attract good reviews.

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Cassada Bay Resort

Cassada Bay Resort is the newest hotel in Carriacou. Bunny has wined and dined at the hotel’s restaurant a number of times. The hotel’s 3-bedroom apartments look spacious, modern and clean. The hotel itself offers great views but the landscaping still needs a bit of work and there is no beach.

Prospect House

Prospect House has rave reviews on Airbnb. It is an apartment in a modern villa where guests have access to the owners’ superb infinity pool. The location is very remote and private but requires a 4-wheel vehicle for access.

Coconut Inn

Coconut Inn has apartments that are very popular with yachties. The location between Tyrrel Bay and Paradise Beach is very central and handy, if not overly scenic. The apartments are modern and have fully furnished kitchens.

Cassada Bay apartments

Conclusions

Getting to Carriacou requires a little bit of extra effort but visitors are generously rewarded for their trouble. Carriacou is the kind of authentic, beautiful Caribbean getaway that travel trailblazers are always looking for. Beat the crowds and get to Carriacou while it remains the unspoiled paradise it currently is, Bunny says.

It doesn’t really matter where you stay, but if you follow Bunny’s recommendations above, you can be sure that your accommodation will be more than up to scratch.

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