Partying in Petite Martinique
Sunday 27th May 2012
Distance run: 10 nmiles
As it would only take a couple of hours to get to Petite Martinique, we had a late breakfast and a lazy morning – so lazy in fact that we nearly didn’t get ourselves moving at all! Eventually we lifted the anchor around 1430 and headed out of the bay and around the west of Carriacou to Petite Martinique a couple of miles off its north-west coast. From several miles off we could hear the boom-booming of loud music and wondered where it was coming from, but it became abundantly clear as we neared the island that it was coming from the beach we were aiming to anchor off! This weekend being a public holiday, the locals were partying, so we dropped the anchor, lowered the rib, and went ashore to join them! Petite Martinique is a tiny island, and we suspected that a large proportion of the inhabitants were on the beach, together with a constant stream of people arriving from Carriacou in open fishing boats! It was a real family affair and the locals were very friendly and welcoming.
Petite Martinique is part of the tri-island nation of Grenada, with Carriacou. Islanders enjoying their beach party on Petite Martinique (Petit St Vincent in background)