A Southern Slice of Heaven: Camping on Grand Isle, Louisiana

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The sun rises while brown pelicans glide over rolling waves. The sand mattress of the gulf shore provides a bed fit for a king. Camping on Louisiana’s Grand Isle may be a hidden gem for now, but the word is getting out and a visit to this barrier island is a must for curious campers.

Located about two hours from New Orleans, Grand Isle is a unique escape for a weekend outside of the city. An island with a history of pirates, powerful hurricanes and rebuilding, the 1,500 residents stand resilient and the 12,000 annual visitors enjoy beaches, seafood and abundant wildlife. Visitors can pitch their tent on the sandy shores or bring their RVs to the plentiful sites with an ocean side view.

Four camping areas exist on Grand Isle giving travelers plenty of options when picking a site. No matter the choice, visitors can expect access to long stretches of quiet beaches for friends and family to enjoy.

Grand Isle State Park:
Here, there is the option for a large wooded campground which includes 49 sites and RV hookups for campers looking for a little more luxury. Heading in with a tent? Beachside sites equipped with fire rings will keep visitors cozy against the gulf breeze.

Island House RV Park:
Situated in the center of Grand Isle, owners Lanny and Michelle maintain a welcoming island vibe for people passing through. With a fish cleaning station, RV hookups and laundry facilities, visitors may just want to call this home for a bit.

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Landry’s Camper Hookups:
Primarily a site for RV travelers, this gulfside location gives campers the opportunity to enjoy gulf sunsets and have easy access to local dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Ricky’s Motel and RV Park:
Fishing fanatics are frequent guests at Ricky’s due to their private pier and knowledge of local fishing spots. Sites come with picnic tables, wireless internet and electrical hookups to give you all of the amenities to stay in touch with your day to day needs. If a break from the tent or RV is needed the motel offers respite and an opportunity to get one’s hot shower fix.

After soaking in the view from the tent or RV an abundance of activities await. Get out there and explore.

Birding
From Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican, to herons and egrets, bird watchers flock to Grand Isle to set their sites on hundreds of species of birds that live in the area. Lucky visitors may even catch the fall out – a natural phenomenon causing a mass of birds to descend from the sky and take shelter in the trees during a thunderstorm. Check out areas such as Grand Isle beach and the Oak-Hackberry Forest, among others, to get your bird on.

Fishing
Cast your lines offshore from the campground beach, the Old Fishing Bridge or a chartered deep sea boat to catch a bounty of sea creatures found in the Gulf waters. Stare out into the water long enough and fishermen may catch a glimpse of dolphins breaching across the horizon. Not a fisherman? Enjoy the local bounty at one of Grand Isle’s friendly restaurants.

Beach Combing
A sunset walk along the beach can reward visitors with beautiful seashells that will give a glimpse of what lies beneath the waters. The peace and quiet that comes with the territory on Grand Isle will give any beach lover an appreciation for its serenity. 

Beloved by locals, Grand Isle may be off the radar for many visitors, leaving its rustic beauty to be discovered by those willing to dig in a little deeper into Louisiana’s camping paradise. Whether planning next year’s vacation or road tripping across the country, the beachside camping should top traveler’s lists for a tranquil treat.

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