Grenada’s tiny island
Petite Martinique is the smallest of the three islands that constitute Grenada (Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique). It has no affiliation with Martinique other than having been first inhabited by an individual originally from Martinique, who gave it its name. This small island is a total of 486 acres and has one main road. It is unique, in more than its diminutive size.
As we approached our anchorage for Petite Martinique, beautifully maintained, brightly colored, professional fishing vessels filled the harbor. There were no sailboats. A few joined us over the days we spent there, but the island is decidedly not a cruiser’s destination. The Grenadine islands affiliated with St. Vincent are very close by and highly preferred by cruisers. Sadly, St. Vincent requires a several month quarantine for any visiting dogs. We and Duhkxy will not be visiting anytime soon.
Fishing and boat building constitute the most significant industries in Petite Martinique and by our observations, the island appears to be thriving.
Petite Martinique is home to approximately 1000 human inhabitants, and notably, a large population of goats.
Homes are beautifully maintained and often landscaped, as well.
|This inviting building, affiliated with the home shown above, is a bar, unfortunately not open when we passed by.
Educational facilities include pre-primary and one Roman Catholic secondary school. Otherwise, children take a boat to school in the neighboring island, Carriacou.
A small strip of beach was home to a number of water birds, but unlike many of the islands we have visited, did not appear to be used by locals for socializing or bathing. It was poorly maintained with respect to rubbish and litter affording a poor introduction to this otherwise charming island.
We walked the length of the island along its main road were rewarded with welcoming smiles and lovely views.
We were surprised to see the dogs in Petite Martinique to be both small, and diverse in breed. On other islands we have visited, the dogs are often mid-size and uniformly handsome mutts.
Graveyards in Petite Martinique, as well as other nearby islands we have visited, are small, informal, and interspersed with other private properties.
Petite Martinique was lovely to visit and interesting in its many unexpected differences relative to its sister islands.
From Petite Martinique we have headed back to the main island of Grenada to see what we can see, see, see.