Visit Grand Isle

Information on the Visit Grand Isle page includes a calendar with festival dates, local restaurants, fresh local seafood, and things to do like fishing.

2018/2019 Calendar

Event Date More Info
Independent Mardi Gras Parade Feb 28  Starts at the corner of Blackberry & Highway 1, 1:00 p.m.
Paddle Palooza Kayak Tournament Mar 10 Bridge Side Marina
 Grand Isle Rotary Club Wildgame Cookoff Mar 31 Grand Isle Multiplex
Easter Sunrise Service April 1 Artie’s Sports Bar on the deck over looking the Gulf at 7:30 a.m
Migratory Bird Festival April 12-14 2019 Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion
Art Exhibition April 20-22  Grand Isle Library
Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration April 20-22  Grand Isle Multiplex
Historical Home Tours April 22 Grand Isle Multiplex
Grand Isle Alumni Softball Tournament April 27-28  Grand Isle Ball Field
Serenity by the Sea May 4, 5, 6 Grand Isle School
7th Annual Cruising the Beach Car Show May 5 Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion
Grand Isle Alumni Washboard Tournament May 12 Grand Isle Multiplex
ABC Rodeo May 17-19 Sand Dollar Marina
Stan Brock Black and Gold Classic May 18-19 Bridge Side Marina
Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo May 25-27 Bridge Side Marina
Island Wide Garage Sale May 26 Grand Isle Community Center
E.D. White Rodeo May 26 Sand Dollar Marina
New Orleans Electric Association Rodeo Rodeo May 31,June 1-2 Sand Dollar Marina
Casa of LaFourche June 2 Bridge Side Marina
OMSA Rodeo June 3 Bridge Side Marina
Swollfest Fishing Rodeo June 7-9 Sand Dollar Marina
LA Pipeliners Association Fishing Rodeo June 22-23 Sand Dollar Marina
Creole Classic Fishing Tournament June 22-23  Bridge Side Marina
 Wounded War Heroes Rodeo June 29-30 Bridge Side Marina
Annual Fireworks and Band @ 10:00 p.m July 7 Bridge Side Marina
Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) Fishing Rodeo July 13-14  Sand Dollar Marina
 SLHS Cheerleader July 21 Bridge Side Marina
Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo July 26-28 Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion Sand Dollar Marina
Mike Bourgeois “Big Daddy” Memorial Rodeo Saturday Aug 4 Bridge Side Marina
3rd Annual Bow Fishing Rodeo Aug 11 Bridge Side Marina
Dufrene Building Rodeo Aug 18 Bridge Side Marina
Calmwater’s GOPRO Film Festival Aug 24 Bridge Side Marina
Ride the Bull Kayak Fishing Rodeo Aug 25 Bridge Side Marina
56th Original Grand Isle Original Redfish Rodeo Aug 30, Sept 1-2 Bridge Side Marina
Caminada Redfish Rodeo Sept 21-23 Sand Dollar Marina
Ladies Fishing Rodeo Oct 5-6 Bridge Side Marina
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting  Program Dec 8 Grand Isle Community Center

 Restaurants

Yum’s
3059 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Mon – Sat 7:00 a.m. – approx 8:00 p.m. and Sun 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

I recommend the service at this cozy, casual family restaurant. The family who owns and runs Yum’s really cares about their customers in their own special way. The restaurant serves daily plate lunch specials, fresh local seafood, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads.


Jo Bob’s Gas and Grill
3365 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open 7 days 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This little grill restaurant is located inside the Conoco gas station. They have great hamburgers, poboys, chicken tenders, pizza, famous Natchitoches meat pies (very tasty experience of Louisiana food), jambalaya, and gumbo. Jo Bob’s Gas and Grill has a little dining area inside and outside under the building, but we usually like to take our food to-go and eat at some of the more picturesque spots on the Island or even at the Inn or Cottages.


Starfish Restaurant 
3027 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 8 or 9:00 p.m.

Locally owned, Starfish is a cozy, casual food spot. They serve fried seafood as well as dinner plates and sandwiches. I recommend their fresh, never frozen flame broiled and grilled hamburgers, daily lunch specials, and fresh & hot beignets and funnel sticks!


Lighthouse Restaurant 
3039 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Wed, Thurs & Sun 5 pm – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 5 pm – 10 pm Closed Mon & Tues

A relaxing restaurant that serves seafood platters, prime steaks, pasta dishes, and has a full bar.


Moran’s Restaurant 
27900 Hwy 1, Port Fourchon
Open Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-9pm Closed Sun & Mon

One of the best dining spots in the area. Everything on the menu is honestly good! Moran’s is known for their seafood crepes and prime steaks. The ambiance is pure Louisiana with lots of Louisiana Cypress and a true Louisiana feeling in their decor and service.


Hurriance Hole 
1851 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Tues-Thurs 5 pm – 9pm, Fri & Sat 5 pm – 10pm, Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm. Closed Monday.

They offer a stylish, intimate setting, and serve seafood dishes made only from the freshest ingredients. Their dishes, such as blackened shrimp guacamole and Asian grilled tuna, are sure to please!

 

Fresh Local Seafood

Camardelle’s Seafood 1018 Hwy 1 Grand Isle 985-787-3222. Hours vary. Call ahead of time when you’re on the way to the island so they have what you would like; they will save it for you if you call but if not they may run out, its fresh after all!

The Cheniere, a little stop on the highway just before you get to Grand Isle bridge on the right, offers fresh boiled crawfish (gotta love ’em!), as well as live crawfish and crabs that you can boil at Blue Dolphin Inn & Cottages! We provide gas burners and pots for your boiling experience. FYI, you should plan on heading to Sureway Supermarket on the Island to pick up your cooking needs including shrimp and crab boil, lemons, garlic, corn, and new potatoes.


Dean Blanchard Seafood  195 Cypress Lane, Grand Isle 985-787-3464 Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm. Closed Sunday.

This terrific slice of life is where you can buy fresh shrimp that were caught in the last few hours and pay amazingly low prices for them. Experienced people bring their coolers and take these lovely shrimp back home to cook or freeze. We just show up when we want to cook them for dinner! Super friendly people and definitely an experience in true cajun life….

 

Catch Your Own

Fish from one of the piers (see Fishing Page), from the beach, your boat or even one of our kayaks. We have fish cleaning and cooking facilities for use free of charge for our guests.

Things to Do

Relax at The Inn and Cottages with views of the beach, play at the beach, go fishing, go to the Butterfly Dome, visit the Grand Isle State Park, tour Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, go kayaking in the gulf, take a boat ride, or drive 107 miles northeast to New Orleans and experience the historical city of jazz music.