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.

Situated on the island of Carriacou, Sandy Island is on the West edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close. Sandy Island is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's the ideal location for escaping the hustle of Grenada's urban areas. Many of the other beaches you'll come across on Grenada may provide just as many amenities as Sandy Island, but are usually busier because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

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, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

If you usually favor beaches that bring guests a serene environment, then think about trying out Sandy Island; it is located in a much quieter section of Carriacou.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the West coast of Carriacou. It is close to Canute Calliste Art Gallery, which is located one and a quarter miles away, and it is one of the attractions in the region.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting The Carriacou Museum, a lovely museum found not a great distance away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be 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 very close to Hillsborough, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town to Sandy Island is Hillsborough, which isn't a congested area, and it will be a nice day out for guests wanting to scope out the local scene.

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may meet guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Visitors will find a good variety of accommodations to choose from in the area around Sandy Island. The closest of which are shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Sandy Island
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Grand View Hotel -- -- Hotel
Hotel Laurena -- -- Hotel
Ade's Dream 2.4 mi. E 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

Food

When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Off the Hook. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

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 -- --
SeaWave Sports Bar (473) 443-7317 Caribbean Very Casual 2.4 mi. E
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 if Sandy Island doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another location you may want to try is Paradise Beach, located one and a quarter miles to the southeast.

Maybe Sandy Island is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.

 

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