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 near the heart of the island of Carriacou, Sandy Island is on the West coast of the island, You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying nearby. It's often said that Sandy Island is perfect for escaping the hustle of Grenada's urban areas. Many of the other beaches on Grenada may be just as pretty, but tend to be more crowded since they're near some of the most popular hotels.

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, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

If you usually desire beaches that offer those who visit a tranquil experience, then you should enjoy Sandy Island; it is hidden away within a much quieter section of the region.

What's Nearby


Sandy Island is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the West coast of Carriacou. It is close to Canute Calliste Art Gallery, which is situated one and a quarter miles to the south-southeast, and it is one of a few area's attractions.

To some, beaches and museums may seem an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like The Carriacou Museum (situated fairly close-by) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help visitors understand Grenada's interesting past.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available on Grenada. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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 exploring the city is a convenient option. The closest town to Sandy Island is Hillsborough, which is a fairly rural area, but it can be an interesting destination for those wishing to get a better feel for the area.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's often visited by visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a fairly wide assortment of hotels and resorts to pick from in the area around Sandy Island. The closest of which can be seen in the following table.

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


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Off the Hook is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean food. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's not far off the beach at all.

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 Sandy Island is just one of your options.

Travelers may also want to consider Paradise Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

You may find that Sandy Island is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, Grenada offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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