Whilst on our two week trip to Grenada my girlfriend and I fancied a trip to the Island of Carriacou (which if you like relaxation we would thoroughly recommend). Finding somewhere to stay on the Island using the internet is limited and as we wanted to get beyond the capital of Hilsborough. We decided we would journey south by bus and stay at Tyrell bay. We tried to book online (by leaving emails) for Scrapers Bayview Cottages but as we didn't get any response we phoned from Grenada. It was only when we arrived that we found out why we hadn't had any joy from emails. The place is wonderfully untouched by technology. It is a really relaxing place to be and as soon as you realise that you are on holiday to chill - not to get stressed about things that really don't matter, life becomes wonderful. We walked to there from Paradise Beach (the beach is beautiful and it took approx half hour to walk to Tyrell Bay).
Scrapers Bayview cottages are on the left as you walk into the centre of the bay. I don't know why but I expected them to be much larger (there are two small cottages adjacent to the shop where the owners live). On arrival we found a very sweet girl holding the fort. She called for her mum who speaks in a wonderfully rich caribbean voice which is quite musical. She is a lovely woman and you quickly realise (if you haven't already on arrival on Carriacou) that life here is stress free and easy. The whole Island just relaxes you and makes you realise how stupidly fast we live in the UK. This is real Caribbean living as it's supposed to be; Un-fussed, friendly, slow and refreshing. The cottage we had cost $60US and I should point out that we tried firstly to pay by credit card (before we were told that the card machine hadn't worked for some time) and then by EC (Grenadan currency). Things became quite farcical as they clearly hadn't had anyone paying with anything other than dollars and no-one knew quite how much they should charge. The thing about this place is that nothing seems to matter and it's quite fun if you can relax and stop your modernistic urges to get stressed and worked up. We eventually agreed on a rate and everyone was happy. The cottage was perfect for what we wanted and there was even a kitchen to cook in if you felt that way inclined. With a few excellent local restaurants in Tyrell Bay I would strongly recommend exploring what they have to offer rather than cook in doors. We walked right to the end of the bay and ate in the Lazy Turtle which was lovely (good food). We walked by all the other restaurants in Tyrell Bay and they all looked very welcoming and enticing in their own way.
The bedroom was perfectly comfortable (the bed particularly so). The shower was cool (and the integral electrical heater dodgy) but as the air was warm it didn't seem to matter.
You are free to come and go as you please and we enjoyed our stay.
Tyrell Bay is a nice place to Chill, like the rest of the Island, it is an easy and friendly place to be where people genuinely seem happy to see you. The busss come right down to Tyrell Bay so you can hop on anytime you want to see another part of the Island.
Definitely make the time to come to Carriacou and explore as much of it as you can - it's beautiful and very relaxing. It even makes Grenada look rushed.