Carriacou and Petite Martinique boast the most beautiful coral reefs. Carriacou – the larger of the two – is known as the ‘Land of Reefs’, with shallow clear waters: ideal for snorkelling. Occupants of both islands are independent and fiercely traditional. On Carriacou – home to 8,000 people – the musical customs of their African ancestors can be experienced at the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival held in the month of April.
French settlers were the first on Petite Martinique, which is an island not phased by modernity. Petite Martiniquians make their livelihood from boat-building and fishing – a skill they have mastered, which is fascinating to hear about and witness. If you’re seeking a more authentic experience, a short trip by ferry or local aircraft will transport you to the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.