Sandy Island: A Hidden Gem

When going on vacation, you can’t go wrong choosing a tropical location. Places like Hawaii, St. Lucia, Bahamas, St. Maarten or Anguilla. The people, the food, the beaches and the weather just can’t be beat.

One place that brings all these elements together is what we like to call, “a Hidden Gem.” Sandy Island is a spectacular place in Anguilla. Just a 10 – 15 minute boat ride from Sandy Ground. Known as the getaway of the stars; you will love Sandy Island! Come on…if Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, Shaquille O’Neal and Sandra Bullock come there to chill and relax; you know it must be a special place.

It is quite possibly the most beautiful place one will ever visit.  A popular off island getaway, Sandy Island offers visitors a sensational tropical experience.  It’s far away enough for that quintessential Robinson Crusoe feeling, yet close enough to stay connected to the mainland.

Michael Jordan’s Private Jet Lands in St. Maarten

People travel from all over the world to experience this amazing piece of heaven. Once you arrive on the island, you can relax on the sand or you can head over to the bar and order one of their remarkable drinks.

If you are ready to eat, don’t worry. Their grilled to order menu is one to die for. Fresh lobster, shrimp, crayfish and snapper. The restaurant has many tables to enjoy, so you won’t feel crowded. As many guest love to sit around and talk or play card games.

There are other activities you can engage in as volleyball, snorkeling or just perfecting your sun tan. Make sure you check with the locals to ensure the island is open as many times it is rented out for private parties. Even Hollywood has found its way to Sandy Island.  ABC’s popular show, “The Bachelor” taped a few shows there.

Every year, the island is renewed by forces of nature.  Hurricanes, tropical storms and severe wave action all play a part in reshaping the island. Don’t be surprised if the island looks a little different each time you visit.

Sandy Island opened in 1984.  With just a little make shift shack for shade, a traditional drum-pan barbecue grill and a cooler stocked with cold beer; the island’s 2 man staff entertained boat loads of hungry sun and sea worshippers for many years.  The island was and still is used as the backdrop for many weddings, movies, TV commercials, photo shoots and music concerts.  In 1995, the island was completely washed away by Hurricane Luis.  In 1999, Hurricane Lenny brought new sand deposits and a shipwreck.  Since then, the road forward has been a labor of love and transformation. In 2007, the restaurant was rebuilt.  In 2008, Hurricane Omar renovated the small island.  In 2010, Hurricane Earl made his modifications.  Hurricane Gonzalo and Erika followed in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Today, Sandy Island remains even more beautiful. 

If you happen to be in the area in November, check the dates for “Livin’ In The Sun,” a one of a kind music experience. Each year, they bring the best DJs and artists to perform for three days. It’s usually held the fourth weekend. The atmosphere for “Livin’ In The Sun” is perfect; a mixture of locals and visitors makes this event one of the best in the Caribbean.

If you haven’t planned your next getaway, we would highly suggest checking out this region of the world. You can’t go wrong. Along with this little hidden gem, the region is just spectacular. Who knows, you just might run into Michael Jordan or another star!

Have you found a hidden gem during your travels? We would love to hear about it. Share in the comments below or share on our Facebook page. We love to travel and learn about new places. Uncovering these gems makes us happy, so share with the GLM community.

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