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.

Located on the island of Carriacou, Sandy Island is on the West edge of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches on Grenada. While Sandy Island may be a bit off the beaten path, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Sandy Island offers a calm and relaxing environment, especially since the surrounding area is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


Sandy Island is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the West coast of Carriacou. The Carriacou Museum is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is one of a number of popular spots in the area.

If you're intrigued by Grenada's history, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For instance, some visitors enjoy Old Sugar Mills Hillsborough, which is easily reached by taxi.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Island
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Dover Ruins Historical Site 4.3 ENE Carriacou

Cities and Towns

Sandy Island is very close to Hillsborough, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. The closest town to Sandy Island is Hillsborough, which isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for those who want to see more of the area.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may meet guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of places to stay within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient choices have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Sandy Island
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Grand View Hotel -- -- Hotel
Ade's Dream 2.4 mi. E Hotel
Hotel Carriacou Laurena 2.4 mi. E Hotel
Green Roof Inn 2.8 mi. E Hotel
Bogles Round House 3.2 mi. ENE Cottages
Bayaleau Point Cottages 4.8 mi. E Cottages


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you dine at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Lambi Queen Restaurant and Bar. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. Many guests rave about their barbecue and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Sandy Island
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Lambi 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
SeaWave Sports Bar (473) 443-7317 Caribbean Very Casual 2.3 mi. E
Slipway Restaurant (473) 443-6500 Caribbean, International Informal -- --
Ocean Terrace 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 3.1 mi. ENE

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Sandy Island doesn't suit their tastes.

Vacationers may also want to visit Paradise Beach, located one and a quarter miles away.

Perhaps Sandy Island is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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