Isle is one of the world's 10 best kept sportsmen's secret's!
Isle is located at the the southern end of Lafourche and Jefferson
Parishes. It is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, Caminada Bay and
Barataria Bay. It is accessible by Louisiana Highway 1 along Bayou
Lafourche and crosses Caminada Pass to the western end of the island.
And no passport is needed to escape to this laid back sun kissed
island where people prefer to take it slow and take pleasure in
fishing and outdoor activities.
you are planning to visit Grand Isle. And expect to find a 20 story
luxury Hotel, or Museum of Fine Arts, Opera house, or Theater, you
are going to be more disappointed then 'Ponce de Leon' when he failed
to find the "Fountain of Youth."
Isle is better suited to the sportsmen and the adventure seeker
instead of the pampered leisure traveler. The primary activity for
visitors to Grand Isle is fishing.
people may envision an island off the Louisiana coast as a island
with a hot steaming jungle on it, with unbearable days and nights.
This might be true of some islands in the area of the Bahamas or the
Caribbean. But this is not true of Grand Isle. Grand Isle is a
subtropic island that enjoys the best of the tropical and temperate
zones. Warm pleasant summers, very mild and peaceful Winters. Oak
trees and Banana trees grow on the island. Many people who live on
Grand Isle year round plant summer and winter garden's. Grand Isle
has played a special role in the culture and history of Louisiana for
more than 300 years. The history of
Grand Isle is filled with pirate
the pirate days, the only flourishing trade was the notorious
operations of Henry Morgan and then Jean Lafitte. Since then,
however, business has been mostly centered around the seafood fishing
industry, offshore oil rig activity, and the annual influx of island
seekers ready for fishing, swimming, and sunbathing and enjoying life.
Isle is not just any remote island on the Gulf coast, it is a real
community, with stores, restaurants. And it has been rated as one of
the top ten fishing spots in the world.
recreation is the standard for sportsmen who come to Grand Isle. There are endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in and around Grand Isle.Sportsmen
who come to Grand Isle have a enjoyable time regardless of whether
they come during the summer season or the winter months - there are
advantages to each of the seasons!
Isle is a sportsmen's paradise, a year round treasured getaway for
sportsmen and adventure seekers. Grand Isle is often called
Louisiana's jewel, by fishermen. Grand Isle is a barrier island off
the Louisiana coast. A beach ridge created by the action of the waves
of the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Isle serves as a breakwater between the
Gulf of Mexico and the network of inland channels that connect to the
bayou tributaries of the Mississippi River.
is no other island like Grand Isle. Grand Isle is isolated enough to
be private and modern enough to offer comfort and conveniences. Aside
from spending time at the beach, many visitors enjoy a particular
lifestyle or activities such as the Nightlife.
you are coming to Grand Isle to fish, you will find out why several
of the world's best charter captains decided to settle in the Grand
Isle area. Over 280 species of fish are known to make their home in
the surrounding waters of Grand Isle. Grand Isle is a dream come true
for sportsmen, whether for a weekend getaway or a long vacation.
Brown pelicans dive into the water. Seagulls appear to float on the
wind above the shore. Crabs nimbly scamper out of reach of the
children chasing them with their nets.
beach that grace's Grand Isle is seven miles long. You can avoid the
crowds at the east and west end's of the island and enjoy the rest of
the Grand Isle shoreline by yourself. Here and there a few humans
walk or play on the beach, watching the waves surfing onto shore and
feeling their daily worries trickle away. This is a typical day on
the beach at Grand Isle. While most vacation destinations boast of pristine beaches and gorgeous, warm waters, Grand Isle lives up to its reputation.
seasons offer different types of fishing. For example, speckled
trout fishing is good year round, but the best times are spring
and summer. Hot Redfish action along the surf occurs in fall and
winter, while night flounder gigging is
best during the warmer months on incoming tides. For those with a
boat, however, the fishing menu can be endless.
Isle is also the launching point for excellent
deep sea fishing adventures.
Just six miles offshore of Grand Isle is the world's largest manmade reef.
after year, fishermen from Michigan and Maine, from Canada,
California and the Carolina's, settle comfortably into accommodations
to savor the bounty of Grand Isle. You too can experience one of the
world's ten best fishing spots which is also home to thousands of
migratory birds from North and South America.
Isle is host to a variety of different bird species, and bird
watching enthusiast come from all over to observe the twice a year
trans gulf migratory birds that congregate on Grand Isle before
continuing their journey. There are also a vast number of year round
bird species that have drawn many a photographer to Grand Isle.
most of the year, Grand Isle with mild temperatures and clear
weather, is a leisurely place. Each season brings new delights and
added pleasures waiting to be explored. All four seasons on Grand
Isle are beautiful.
on Grand Isle.
blooms abound. Guava bushes release their delicate white flowers.
Down a shaded lane, you catch sight of a bunting. Later, above the
yellow and purple Louisiana irises, you spot the flickering crimson
of a tanager.
finds you on 'the Old Fishing Bridge' soaking up the rays and
admiring the speckled trout you've
caught. Night time is the eternal dilemma. Should you cook your catch
or go to one of the island's restaurants for the freshest oysters
you've ever tasted? You split the difference and do both.
on Grand Isle.
weekends bustle with fishing rodeos. You bring your boat or charter
a boat with friends you made the year before, and experience the
thrill of fishing around the oil rigs or Artificial
Reefs in the Gulf of
Mexico. Another day, you fish the back bays and canals that
criss-cross the nearby marshlands,
share the abundant fresh blackberries, guava and persimmon with
tropical birds accustomed to the sweet, delicious fruit. You climb
the observation tower at the state park for a breathtaking view from
the island's eastern end clear across the Barataria Pass to Fort
Livingston on the neighboring island, Grand Terre. That night you
enjoy the island's night life at any one of Grand Isle's lounge's.
The last full weekend of every July sportsmen come from all over, to
the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.
a clear summers day, you can see the beautiful sparkling sand
meeting up with the clear Gulf waters that are often freckled with
sunbathers, boaters, and surf anglers.
Isle is one of the few places that you can cruise slowly down the
highway, on a light breezy evening and enjoy the smell of heavily
seasoned boiling crabs at various camp sites along the roadsides.
Some of the occupants can be seen inside their screened in porches,
with spread newspapers for tablecloths, wreaking havoc on these tasty critters.
any quiet night, soon after sunset, when the lapping waves of the
Gulf of Mexico can be heard rustling with Grand Isles sandy
beach, you can see the days catch being cleaned at one of the fish
cleaning stations at certain boat docks.
is not uncommon during summer months, like July and August, to see
people along the beach catching hampers of crabs with little effort.
In fact, successful Grand Isle crabbing doesnt even require
fancy crab traps or nets.
just bring two sticks of appropriate length to drive into the sandy
sea bottom near the beach. Between the two sticks, a 20 ft. or so
length of twine is tied with 2 ft. drop lines every three feet apart.
To the ends of the drop lines a chicken neck is tied for bait.
20 minutes the drop lines are carefully lifted out of the water one
at time with a landing net under the bait. As the bait clears the
water, the crabs fall into the net.
the crabs have been collected in the net, the net is emptied into an
ice chest or bucket.
the crabs are running good, the lines can be checked every five
minutes or less.
Isle has a rare combination of natural beauty. Part of Grand Isle's
charm is its live oak trees and Banana trees. It's not only the
beauty but also the pleasant climate, variety of seafood, and the
beautiful sunsets of Grand Isle that makes Grand Isle perfect for a
Sea fishing offer a variety of big game fishing for Wahoo, sailfish,
dolphin fish, kingfish and marlin, to name
just a few. Giant tarpon weighing in at more than 100 pounds come in
close to the beaches and inlets during the summer.
June to mid August last minute weekend bookings for hotel or motel
rooms are hard to find. It is advised to make reservations one or two
months ahead of time (or you might happen to find a last minute cancellation).
For the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo it is
strongly advised to make reservations six months to a year ahead of time.
on Grand Isle.
days grow shorter. The crowds thin out. Flowering vines and straw
flowers rim the beach.
in hand, you wade out into the night waters to catch flounder.
Plentiful redfish, speckled and
white trout lure you to the surf.
water game fishing is also excellent: Almaco
Snapper. Black Sea Bass.
Runner, Bonefish, Cero
Mackerel, Cobia, Jolthead
Snapper, Dolphin, Fantail
Snook, Gag, Gray
Mackerel, Marlin, Palometa,
Snapper, Red Grouper, Red
Porgy, Red Snapper, Rock
Sea Bass, Sailfish, Vermilion
Snapper, Weakfish, White
Grunt, Yellowfin Grouper, Yellowmouth
Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper,
Isle natives and sportsmen will tell you this is the time of year
the island takes on a special charm.
quiet moments you marvel at the abundant doves, the majestic Ibises,
Egrets, Cranes and Herons. You smile at the Terns and Kingfishers,
playing and squabbling like young children.
on Grand Isle.
slips in hardly a notice; very mild and peaceful. Old friends
return, visitors from the north who stay longer enjoying the climate
and special winter rates.
and Canadian Geese have come back, too. Hunting for shells on the
beach has never been better. Yahoo Travel has ranked Grand Isle Louisiana as one of America's 10 Best Winter Beach Retreats.As
always, fishing is spectacular.
Isle was famous for fishing long before offshore rigs became magnets
for American Shad, Tarpon, Grouper, Tuna, Barracuda, Wahoo, Cobia,
Pompano, Greater Amberjack and more. You charter-fish the deep
waters, or bring your own boat and fish the back bays and canals that
criss-cross the nearby marshlands.
the evening you enjoy friendly gatherings at one of Grand Isle's
restaurants. You plan to return next year and wish it wasn't months away.
the trip to Grand Isle, the land of Jean Lafitte, is a scenic drive
down Louisiana highway One. Shrimp boats, churches, homes, sugar cane
fields and beautiful prairie marsh teeming with wildlife can be seen
along this highway. You can watch a pair of huge white egrets perform
a mating dance/flight, see a mother marsh-hen with her young along
the roadside, or spot that big fish breaking the surface of the water.
on Grand Isle, enjoy bird watching you will spot one of the many
resident or migratory birds, crabbing, swimming, sun bathing,
fishing. You can go souvenir or shell hunting. Dine at one of the
fine restaurants or sandwich shops. If quiet, shaded lanes are to
your liking, a walk through the wooded areas of the island will
surprise you. Tucked away in the trees are beautiful homes, some over
100 years old. Stop to visit over a fence with residents and get the
history of the homes and the island, and island life in general. When
thinking about living on Grand Isle you conjure up images of endless
beaches and lazy afternoons in a hammock. A relaxed style of life
that is envied worldwide.
maybe you might try your hand at pirate treasure hunting, who knows
you might be the one who finds the Lost Spanish Treasure barge.
you visit and experience the delights offered by Grand Isle
Louisiana, you will then appreciate why it is called "Grand Isle".
is the way Grand Isle is perceived to those who have shared her
abundance, year after year. It is as much a part of Louisiana living
as red beans and rice and Barq's root beer. It is the "Cajun
Bahamas" of Louisiana and the natives would have it no other way.
Isle', the mere name says it all!
are looking foreword to seeing you soon on Grand Isle