Welcome to Hillsborough
Carriacou’s gentle pace is reflected in the sedate nature of its largest town, Hillsborough. There are a couple of streets lined with a mixture of modern blocks and classic Caribbean wooden structures. Go for a wander, appreciating glimpses of the turquoise waters at breaks in the buildings
Top experiences in Hillsborough
Carriacou Island Day Trip from Grenada
After morning hotel pickup, you’ll be transported to the Carenage, St George’s lively waterfront, to board the Osprey, the public ferry boat that will take you on the 90-minute journey across the Caribbean to the island of Carriacou, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Grenada. When you arrive, a Carriacou guide will greet you and take you on a tour of the island. Part of the nation of Grenada, Carriacou is much less visited than Grenada island and offers a more authentic look at Caribbean life. At only 13 square miles (34 sq km), the island is small and its attractions are easy to see during your tour, just more than an hour long.Drive through Hillsborough, the capital and only city on the island, and pass by an old plantation house. Stop to enjoy the photo-worthy view from Belair National Park, a natural and heritage park that’s home to a forest of tropical trees as well as ruins from English and French plantations. See a windmill that was once used to grind sugar; visit Windward, a village known for its boat-making trade; and learn a bit of island history at Petite Carnage, the site of a battle between the English and French. Next, refuel at a local restaurant with an island-style lunch of chicken or fish, accompanied by rice or veggies. Then it’s time to hit the water. As you arrive with your guide at Paradise Beach, take a look at the long, uncrowded stretch of sugar-white sand and let out a sigh of relaxation. You have about 45 minutes of free time here to swim, sunbathe, read or take a nap. If you brought snorkeling equipment with you from Grenada, hop in the water and discover the colorful fish and other marine life. At the end of your time on Carriacou, head back to the marina to board the Osprey for the return ferry ride to Grenada. When you arrive, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
Carriacou Reefs and Wrecks Two Tank Dive
All dives are full service - this means that you will be set up with your equipment and guides will take it to the boat for you - all you need to do is dive and enjoy! For the morning dives, meet up at the dive center at 8:45am to complete paperwork and establish equipment needs. The boat then leaves from the beach in Hillsborough at 9am. You will dive on two different sites, with the surface interval spent on the boat. Each of the dive sites has something special. The experienced dive guides know how to find amazing creatures! The regular wildlife encounters include nurse sharks, stingrays, morays, octopuses, squid, barracudas, jacks and snappers. The dive time is usually around 50 minutes per dive, depending on depth and air consumption. You will then return to the dive center at 1pm, just in time for lunch!
10-Day, 16-Dive Scuba Tour in Grenada
Discover the best scuba diving in Grenada at the Lumbadive Diving Center, a PADI 5-Star Dive Resort oin Carriacou, specializing in small groups diving tours. With 3 dedicated PADI instructors on the staff, you can be sure to receive the best service during every dive!In this dive and stay package you will enjoy 9-night accomodation at the Mermaid Beach Resort and 16 dives at various dive sites on the island. During your week in paradise you will discover new diving destinations and experience untouched underwater nature in the warm and calm Caribbean waters of Grenada. Enjoy beautiful dive sites, pristine water, untouched reefs, diversified schools of fish and lots of flora.The specifically designed dive boats go out to a choice of over 30 dive sites on a daily basis. Most dive sites are within a 5-10 minute boat ride from the dive center. The typical schedule is 2 dives in the morning, and optionally 1-2 dives in the afternoon. Night dives are available on request. Set on Hillsborough, beach front, the Mermaid Beach Hotel is the most recent hotel in the area and boasts the most spectacular view on Mabouya and Sandy Island! The hotel features a sandy beach, a well-stocked bar, airy restaurant and a range of comfortable rooms and suites. Breakfast will be provided each morning at the resort.