Sandy Island


Sandy Island, off the west side of Hillsborough Bay, is a favorite daytime destination for snorkelers and sailors. It’s a tiny postcard-perfect reef island of glistening sands surrounded by turquoise waters. Water taxis run from Hillsborough (US$10 per passenger round trip, 15 minutes). Be clear about when you want to be picked up – as the island takes only a couple of minutes to walk around, and has little shade, a whole afternoon can tick by very slowly.

Snorkelers take to the shallow waters fronting Sandy Island, while the deeper waters on the far side are popular for diving.

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1. Paradise Beach

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2. Beausejour Bay

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3. Carriacou Museum

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This small, community-run museum has a limited yet nonetheless interesting array of Carib artifacts plus displays on African heritage and the colonial era.

4. Anse la Roche

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5. White Island


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6. Mang Beach

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8. Chatham Bay

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