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Nautical Exfoliation

Careenage means the process of scraping a boat clean, and that's what used to happen here. Boats were raised from the sea on a 'screw dock' for that very purpose and there's still one in situ, one of the last left in the West Indies.

It's a historic spot that's popular with tourists, with plenty of interesting warehouse buildings, bars, restaurants and shops geared to visitors, arranged around both sides of the dock. The best way to see the Careenage is from the water, to get a sense of how it worked and its significance. You can take a tour that goes right into the old dock.

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