Information on the Visit Grand Isle page includes a calendar with festival dates, local restaurants, fresh local seafood, and things to do like fishing.
|Independent Mardi Gras Parade||Mar 3||Starts at the corner of Blackberry & Highway 1, 1:00 p.m.|
|Easter Sunrise Service||April 21||Artie’s – Beach Side Deck|
|Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration 2019||April 12-14||Grand Isle Multiplex|
|Historical Home Tours||April 13||Grand Isle Multiplex|
|Cruisin’ the Beach “Grand Isle Style” Car & Bike Show||May 4||Tarpon Pavillion, 4500 Hwy 1|
|Serenity by the Sea||May 3-5||Grand Isle School|
|8th Annual Cruising the Beach Car Show||May 4-8||Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion|
|ABC Rodeo||May 17-18||Sand Dollar Marina|
|Stan Brock Black and Gold Classic||May 17-18||Bridge Side Marina|
|Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo||May 25-26||Bridge Side Marina|
|Island Wide Garage Sale||May 25|
|Memorial Day||May 27|
|E.D. White Rodeo||May 25||Sand Dollar Marina|
|New Orleans Electric Association Fishing Rodeo||May 30th-June 1||Sand Dollar Marina|
|Swollfest Fishing Rodeo 2019||June 5-8||Sand Dollar Marina|
|LA Pipeliners Association Fishing Rodeo||June 21-22||Sand Dollar Marina|
|Creole Classic Fishing Tournament||June 21-22||Bridge Side Marina|
|Wounded War Heroes Rodeo||June 28-29||Bridge Side Marina|
|Annual Fireworks and Band||July 6||Bridge Side Marina|
|Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) Fishing Rodeo||July 18-20||Sand Dollar Marina|
|Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo 2019||July 25,26,27||Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion Sand Dollar Marina|
|Mike Bourgeois “Big Daddy” Memorial Rodeo||Aug 3||Bridge Side Marina|
|Defrene Building Rodeo||Aug 17||Bridge Side Marina|
|Ride the Bull Kayak Fishing Rodeo||Aug 24||Bridge Side Marina|
|57th Grand Isle Original Redfish Rodeo||Aug 30-Sept 1||Bridge Side Marina|
|Caminada Redfish Rodeo||Sept 27-29||Sand Dollar Marina|
|Ladies Fishing Rodeo||Oct 12-13||Bridge Side Marina|
|Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Program||Dec 2||Grand Isle Community Center|
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.
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.
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!
A relaxing restaurant that serves seafood platters, prime steaks, pasta dishes, and has a full bar.
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.
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.