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Government of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique and NEWS
Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs
Ministry of Health
Grenada Industrial Development Corporation
Royal Grenada Police Force
Grenada Customs & Excise Division
Carriacou GPS Position: 12.29N-61.28W
Banks: Monday to Thursday 8am to 2pm. friday 8am to 4pm
First Caribbean Int. Bank Ltd. (ex Barclays) (Gone Grenada for good....)
Grenada Co-Operative Bank Ltd
Capital Bank International Ltd. gone broke!!!
Republic Bank (ex NCB)
And you may stand in line forever as "Customer Service" is NOT a part of Bankers education here.....
Behavior: Like a guest with respect for local culture.
Do NOT use obscene tongue, swear and curse........If you do, try "Excuse my French"........
When shopping stand in line and be patient........
Ask, before you touch anything.
Do NOT litter!
Take pictures, but leave only your foot print.
Call out before entering a private gate/house and wait for reply.....
Please note! Kayaks dress up for Town and Church and love their religions.
Animal Hospital 443-7177
Bus fare: 3,50ec, Kids 2,00ec
Cable TV: FLOW Carriacou get half of channels and pay full price, best chanels are "NO SIGNAL" and "NOT AUTHORISED" , SHAME ON FLOW !!!
Currency: 1 EC dollar (eastcaribbean) = 100cent = 2,71 USD = 3,80EUR = 1 XCD
CreditCard: Visa, Mastercard (ATM by Banks 24/7)(NOW! ATM by Alexis in Harvey Vale)
Dress: Bareback on beaches only, wear casual cotton and hat for sun and heat.
Crocs OK, as they donated shoes to de Islands.... Thanks
NO Topless, NO nudity !!!
Drugs: All prohibited, so doh go there and play the ass, you will loose.....
Driving: Left side, but locals are always in the middle of the road..... and speeding.
Computor/Mobile repair and service: "SHA" 443-7647
Driving licence: Tourist 3 month 60ec, Kayaks 180ec pa.
Electricity: 220V - 50 Hz.. most of the time... provided by GRENLEC
Export Industries: Baron Food
West India Spices
Island Juice Co.
Summer Juice Ltd.
PETROLEUM PRICES and 1 gas station
when there were only 2 cars on Ccou in 1960ties, there were 4 gas stations....
Ccou Gas/Diesel: 13,68/12,22 EC$./IG
P.M. 8,18/6.72 EC$./IG
Cooking gaz: 51,00 EC$
Hospital Princess Royal (100 year anniversary in Oct.2007)
Hospital Private: Carriacou Health Service Inc. ...... Please call 443-8247 or 443-6302 to schedule appointment.
InternetCafe: Multipurpose Center in Hillsborough.... and others... just ask......speed various
Internet: LIME (former Cable & Useless) and they still are....
Locals: Very Helpfull, Friendly and Nosy, they have to know, to tell.... but in a nice manor, you will love it.
Nightlife: HOT, LOUD, Solid ICY Bar, Tasty BBQ Soulfood.
Exciting, Wining and sweet, doh look like a gold nugget.
Girls in full war-paint, dressed to kill and and boys dressed to impress.....Fit in or Fall out!
Please, Practice safe sex........more than 30.000 suffering from HIV in the Caribbean.
Population: over 7.000 souls, some call dem Kayaks.....
Power: 220 v (most of the time) 50 Hz (some times)
Rain: Short Showers, longer from May to November
Roaming: LIME no 4G LTE? and 3G+ is slow. now named FLOW...
Digicell no 4G LTE? and 3G+ is slow.
Good service for BlackBerry and Android....
Very cheap overseas calls, just buy a Pay&GoSIM card.
Sea Water: 28 C....Always fear the sea, an old sailors do.....
School: Preprimary, Primary, Secondary, College and Uniform is mandatory.
Sun: Use Hat, protect your skin with factor 30
Shops: 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday(some close at 12.00 on Saturday) Few open on Sundays....
Lots of Supermarkets allover and Pattys Deli in Hillsborough
(if you cant live without Fresh Milk, Cheese, Olives, Sirloin, , Croissants, Yoghurt, Cold cuts and other Delicious stuff!!!)
Stoveman Michael 449-2035 repair of all house applyances
Temparature: 32 degr. C average (nights 25 C)
Tips: maybe some change for a drink, "I fine you take long"!
VAT 15% on on nearly all things, Shops supposed to mark prices incl. VAT... BUT not all do this?
Water: Drink bottled or 2 minutes boiled water (maybe 2 liter a day)
Carriacou is a small island north of
"Concepción" Spanish Homesick sailors name for Grenada
Carriacou is often called a part of the Grenadines, as "Gun point" should belong
to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, when divided after British dominion.
Carriacou is about 13 km (7 miles) long and 4 km (2½ miles) wide,
Area 37,7 km² (3.2 sq. miles)
with a population of about 6.000.
Inhabited by Ciboneys-Amerindians-Arawaks-Caribs-Kayaks
The earlier settlers called Carriacou "Kayryouacou", meaning " land of reefs."
Grenada was sighted by Christopher Columbus on 15. August 1498,
when he sailed past the island without landing.
Britian invaded 1609 and France took over in 1650 and visa versa now and again.
untill 1763 when Britain took over, you will still see og hear Patois in language and names.
Grenada became a Crown Colony in 1877, and in 1967 it became an associate state within the British Commonwealth,
before gaining independence on 7. February 1974. On 13. March 1979 Maurice Bishop made a socialist state in Grenada.
Check Revolution facts page
Four years later, at the request of the Governor General,
Ronald Reagan, United States, Jamaica, and the Eastern Caribbean States intervened militarily.
Launching their now famous "rescue mission" on 25. October 1983
the US MARINES and 2 brave policemen from Barbados restored order,
and in December of 1984 a general election re-established democratic government.
Carriacou (ka-ri-ja-koo) has it all...
Rainforest, mangroves, mountains, beaches and reefs all around.
Locals are called KAYAKS and very nice and helpfull, with a little twist of posh behaviour,
when they have not yet found out, who you are, and where you are from. (they have to know, to tell!)
Then you get a true feeling of being welcome on the island and they are very proud of their Island and heritage.
When you have been on de Island for a few days, you get local! fully relaxed and no stress, no hurry and completely unwinded.
Grenadians say half day excursion to Carriacou is enough......most of them never been there!!!
Carriacou and Kayaks gets in your blood and when you gone back, you will feel you only left, to come back.....TRY me on this!
The Language on Carriacou is English with a twist of pidgin and patois.
If You have some Rum and ask them: "Not to fast, please"
You will almost understand, what Kayaks say.
Here are some local words, I got from Enel ......
Baccu = Ghost/Spirit
Bam-Bam = Your behind!
Bobol = Contrabande/smuggle
Congosa = Milie = Gossip
Fete = Blocko = Bashment = Party (Plenty food and Icecold drinks)
Give pressure = Your (wo)man goes "elsewhere" to put pressure on you.
JCB = Backoo/Tractor with showel....
JuJu = Voodoo
Liquid sun = Rain!
Maco = Peeping, Nosy
Randsome = Concrete mixer
Saraca = Party, for some reason,birtday, remembering .(Plenty food and Icecold drinks)
Tabanca = Adultry or Your (wo)man goes "elsewhere"
Tanga-lang = They dont believe you (to Smart)
Wex = Angry
Wine = Sexy dance with your bam-bam
I find You take long!!!!! (to buy me a drink or ?) Babblud brothers saying......
Old man's sweatheart, Young man's slave. (Guess who said that?)
STOP saying you come....and come. (Mathew)
What sweeten goats mouth , does sour in its backside
(DO NOT SAY ASS, as Beast do!)
No honey, No money (or vise versa) "the Mighty Sparrow"
No pain, No gain
Early Bird catch the worm.
Better old, than Cold
If you snooze, you loose.
Use it or loose it.
view from Belair
Old Sugar Mill
Old Lime Factury
Old Power Station
old LISTER Generator in Hillsborough