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.
Sandy Island is only accessible by boat, though mooring is no longer allowed. There are buoys just off shore.
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.
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, 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.
|The Carriacou Museum||Museum||2.3||E||Carriacou|
|Carriacou Ruins||Historical Site||4.0||NE||Carriacou|
|Ningo Well||Historical Site||4.0||ENE||Carriacou|
Sandy Island is near, 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.
|Grand View Hotel||--||--||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. 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.
|(473) 443-7841||Caribbean||Very Casual||1.1 mi.||SE|
|(473) 443-8162||Caribbean||Very Casual||2.2 mi.||S|
|(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|
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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