10 (Almost) Secret Caribbean Islands

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Pirate hideouts and pink-sand beaches. Local culture untouched by cruise ships and crowds. This is the Caribbean the world doesn't yet know. Far off the mainland, floating in endless expanses of deep blue sea, find 10 secret islands that are practically perfect for escapists, adventurers, and vacationers who simply don't want to be found.


Carriacou, Grenada

Carriacou ("carry-a-coo") is actually the largest of the Grenadines, its 13 square miles a unique meld of sugar-mill ruins and humble fishing villages. Its origins as a fishing island are woven into its contemporary fabric: Traditional methods of boat building are still practiced on the beaches, and its regatta draws sailors from all over the Caribbean each August, with sailing contests, live music, and donkey and crab races ashore. While English is the official language, locals often speak a distinctive French patois, a testament to how intact the island's indigenous traditions are. Tyrell Bay sees the few yachts that dock at Carriacou (many from nearby Mustique), but much of this hilly green Grenadine is untouched by tourist life.

Where to Stay: For true seclusion, the trio of cottages at Kim and Sue Russell's Bogles Round House are faultless in their unspoiled setting and quirky architecture. In the main building, a long seat uses a whale's jawbone as its base, and by design, the entire property is built without a single straight line.

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