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VR Movie of Harvey Vale and Tyrrel Bay, located on the southwestern corner of Carriacou
When the image first loads and becomes viewable, you are looking east back up the jetty towards shore. Directly across the road that runs perpendicular to the jetty, is the Shell fuel depot, the only one on Carriacou. Just to the left of the jetty's entrance (as viewed from here) is the second highest peak (955 feet) on Carriacou, Chapeau Carré.
As you pan to the right, and more to the southeasterly direction, you can see the beautiful clear water and clean sandy beachfront lined by guesthouses, restaurants, and shops, and a grocery store.
More to the south provides a good view of Tyrrel Bay and numerous ships that often park there when sea travelers decide to drop anchor and stay awhile. During the rainy and hurricane seasons (June through November) the number of ships grow significantly. I believe this is partly due to the known fact that hurricanes rarely come through this part of the Caribbean, even though we are located well inside of 'Hurricane Alley.' The last storm to actually hit Carriacou was Janet, back in the mid 1950s. Thus, Carriacou is often considered a safe haven for sea travelers seeking shelter during storm season. In addition, not to far from here is a well sheltered deep water cove. I will try to point it out a little further down on this page.
As you spin around to look west and out over the end of the jetty, you can see a couple of more ships tied up. This jetty is often used if the one in Hillsborough is not accessible due to rough seas or too much traffic. I understand that a customs official is often on duty here to 'aid' those desiring to bring goods into Carriacou.
On around to the northwest you can see the sharp peak of Mt. St. Louis at 586 feet. Just to the inside and in front is a mangrove area that actually encloses a natural deep water cove. It is about a half a mile from here, and is where some captains take their ships when a large storm is threatening to come thorough.
Continuing to the right shows a few other small speed boats that are used to provide services to tourist as water taxis, fishing, and casual sailing. During the tourist off season, the owners will often use them to fish by using reels or fish pots, or dive for lobsters.
Harvey Vale is a lovely seaside community
and resort area. You must see it in person to appreciate it fully.
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