Sandy Island

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In 2004, Sandy Island was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan, and in response Grenada designated the island a nature reserve. Now, the spot is famed for its marine life, bird watching, and of course, it's beach where snorkeling is popular.

Positioned on the island of Carriacou, Sandy Island is on the West coast of the island, You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. For a change from the usual crowded beach spots, you should consider visiting Sandy Island.

How to Access The Beach

Sandy Island is only accessible by boat, though mooring is no longer allowed. There are buoys just off shore.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach on Sandy Island exists as an inverted crescent, scooping out into the ocean rather than into the island as is common in the creation of bays. The beach features white sand and bright blue waves, with coconut trees lining the shore.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

If you tend to prefer coasts which provide a calm enclave, then think about trying out Sandy Island; it is found within a more rural part of Carriacou.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West coast of Carriacou; the area hosts attractions such as Canute Calliste Art Gallery, which is one and a quarter miles away.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like The Carriacou Museum (found two and a half miles away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view Grenada's traditions and culture.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Island
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Canute Calliste Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.2 SSE Carriacou
The Carriacou Museum Museum 2.3 E Carriacou
Old Sugar Mills Hillsborough Historical Site 3.2 E Carriacou
Carriacou Ruins Historical Site 4.0 NE Carriacou
Ningo Well Historical Site 4.0 ENE Carriacou

Cities and Towns

Sandy Island is near Hillsborough, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Cities near Sandy Island include Hillsborough, which is a fairly rural area, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those looking to check out the local scene.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it can attract guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent number of lodgings within a car's reach. A list of the closest choices are seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Sandy Island
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Grand View Hotel -- -- Hotel
Hotel Laurena -- -- Hotel
Green Roof Inn 2.8 mi. E Hotel
Silver Beach Cottages -- -- Cottages
Bogles Round House 3.2 mi. ENE Cottages
Bayaleau Point Cottages 4.8 mi. E Cottages


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Off the Hook. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Sandy Island
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Off the Hook (473) 443-7841 Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. SE
Oyster Beds -- -- -- 1.3 mi. S
Lambie Queen Restaurant and Bar (473) 443-8162 Caribbean Very Casual 2.2 mi. S
Lazy Turtle (473) 443-8322 Caribbean Very Casual 2.2 mi. S
Patty's Deli (473) 443-6258 American -- 2.3 mi. E
Laurena’s Restaurant and Bar (473) 443-8333 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Slipway Restaurant (473) 443-6500 Caribbean, International Informal -- --
Green Roof Inn Restaurant (473) 443-6399 International Informal 2.7 mi. E
La Playa Beach Bar and Bistro (473) 410-4216 American Very Casual 2.8 mi. E
Bogles Round House (473) 443-7841 Caribbean, Contemporary Fine Dining 3.2 mi. ENE

Other Beaches

Carriacou has several beautiful beaches, so Sandy Island is just one of your options.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Paradise Beach, located within a couple of miles.

While Grenada has many alluring attractions, Sandy Island is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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