Grand Isle Beach (Grand Isle State Park)

Sandy beach
725X+VR Grand Isle, LA, USA
207 miles from Lake Charles, LA
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
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Beach amenities

  • AccessibilityEasy beach access
  • WiFiWireless internet available
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

The city speed limit is 50! Careful not to get pulled over!

Amazing what a two hours’ drive from the city can do! The park, which is really a giant beach, is definitely one of the best beaches near New Orleans for a short getaway. The gates are closed at around 9 PM, so plan your arrival earlier than that! 

Bring your own tent if you are not interested in renting any of the vacation homes - most days you are allowed to camp right on the beach and start bonfires. Beach camping sites are around $20 to $30 depending on the spot you pick. The facilities and the beach itself are really clean. There are public showers, bathrooms, a laundry and they even provide WiFi.

If staying for a few days make sure to bring everything you might need, as there’s only one grocery store nearby. That includes warm clothing as it gets really chilly during nights, although it can get hot as hell during the daytime. Mosquitoes are a problem so bring a repellent, too. 

Besides sunbathing, you can go for other activities like fishing and hiking. Enjoy the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival in April, if you are around. What else? Crabbing, bird-watching, and taking perfect Instagram-worthy sunset pictures. Amazing wild fauna - dolphins (who are swimming really close!), crabs, dragonflies, butterflies, lots of different birds. You can find more information about the park and the beach on the official website.

What we loved

  • Fishing experience
  • Surfing!
  • Wildlife: dolphins were amazing! 🐬
  • Romantic sunsets and energizing sunrises
  • Friendly campers
  • The spirit. This place has a soul!

Driving Time

  • 2 hours 10 minutes from New Orleans, LA
  • 2 hours 55 minutes from Baton Rouge, LA
  • 4 hours 25 minutes from Jackson, MS

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Visitor questions:

Question: Hi! ☺ My fiance & I are really interested in going to grand isle soon. I can't find info online for what I need. We don't need a house rental, being it's just the 2 of us, & I'm ok with "roughing it" a little (I think 😂) So, I'm thinking maybe just bringing a tent would be ok..BUT..when I wake up I'd definitely want some water & that available on the beach here for campers? Honestly, I've never gone I'm sorry If this is a dumb question...if water & electricity aren't available, can you advise on something small & inexpensive we could rent? Thanks so much! ☺
Asked by Bridget almost 5 years ago
Answer: Dear Bridget, thanks a lot for your question! The Grand Isle State Park Beach offers two main options for campers. You can either stay at one of the 14 unimproved tent camping sites on the beach which have neither water nor electricity (price: from $18 per night Plus Tax and Transaction Fee), or at one of the 45 premium pull-through sites featuring electrical and water hook-ups (price: $33/night, Fri-Sat; $30/night, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept; $25/night, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar Plus Tax and Transaction Fee). You can book a campsite. Make a reservation in advance since it's high season now, and many people come to Grand Isle for a beach vacation. You can also rent a hotel or a room near the beach but the prices start from $130-$140 per night. Unfortunately, the prices are far from being reasonable due to the fact that it is high season now. To sum it all up, camping is not only the cheapest but also the most romantic variant for the two of you! If you want to camp with comfort and especially if it is going to be your first camping experience, we recommend you to choose a premium campsite, which is slightly more expensive than an unimproved one. At any rate, it's up to you to decide! Wish you an enjoyable beach vacation!

Grand Isle Beach (Grand Isle State Park) videos

Grand Isle State Park Slideshow
A short interesting video with pictures of the park and the beach
Grand Isle Beach Aerial Survey
An amazing Grand Isle State Park flyover video

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Grand Isle, Louisiana 725X+VR Grand Isle, LA, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: June 9, 2021