A trip to Grenada wouldn't be complete without a visit to Carriacou. This was my second time on the Island and having learned a lesson from my first visit 5 hours really isn't enough time to truly experience the Island (Check out Jay Eatz's first visit to Carriacou here: www.jayeatz.com/blog/so-youre-hungry-in-carriacou). I booked a Tobago Cays excursion with Isle of Reefs Tours and although possible during a day trip to Carriacou some of the extras we got to do would have been dropped off the itinerary. In order to maximize our time in Carriacou and squeeze in the excursion and some time at Paradise Beach the following day we knew an overnight stay was in order. After some searching online for a hotel in Carriacou, the Mermaid Hotel really seemed to fit our needs.
The Mermaid Hotel located in Hillsborough, the largest town in Carriacou. Everything you could possible need is located within a 5 minute walk. Grocery store, pharmacy, bars and restaurants, even better yet the Mermaid Hotel is also home to the Callaloo Restaurant & Bar. Another bonus is if you are arriving by ferry you can walk to the hotel (no taxi needed).
An even better way to arrive is by speed boat like we did, dropped right off beach front. The only downfall is suitcase wheels struggle in the sand.
We were greeted and promptly checked in. We decided to go with the standard room, queen bed which included breakfast for $107 USD. The room was very spacious, equipped with AC and a TV, a mini fridge, a comfy bed and an amazing glass shower with rain head and jets. Although we were not in an ocean view room the sounds of the sea drifted us off to sleep.
The Mermaid Hotel also has a breathtaking beach just steps from the rooms. As they say location, location, location.
The Mermaid Hotel is also perfectly situated to capture a Carriacou sunset.
Here are a few more views from the Mermaid hotel.
When we checked out of our room we had a few hours until the ferry departed for Grenada so we went to Paradise Beach. We were able to keep our luggage in the manager's office while we were at the beach and picked it up before heading to the ferry. Our stay at the Mermaid in was excellent. Thinking back on this trip 36 hours is still not enough time to experience Carriacou. Next time we visit Grenada we will allocate more time in the trip to spend on Carriacou and will definitely be staying at the Mermaid Hotel.