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My family used to go to Grand Isle at least 4 to 5 times a year. I grew up in French Settlement Louisiana. My favorite memories of Grand Isle is when we would stay on the beach, my sister and I would bury the other one in the sand. And I remember one time when we got our dad to put up the tent close to the water and then the next morning we were almost in the water because the tide came in. When I had my on family I also took them to Grand Isle and I couldn't wait to bury my kids in the sand. They had so much fun as well as I, it brought back such great childhood memories that I hope to take my grandchildren to Grand Isle to create their own family memories. Grand Isle is and has always been my favorite place, it is my Cajun Riviera.
I grew up going to Grand Isle a lot, my Daddy, with the help of my older brothers, built a camp there. In Aug 1961, my parents let my sister and I and a few friends go to the camp by oursleves. I was in college, my sister had already graduated from college and was teaching. On the first day we went to go to the store to get food and we were stopped by this handsome young man in uniform who was from New Mexico-the Army from Camp Leroy Johnson in N O, was having maneuvers there and a heavy piece of equipment had gotten stuck in the sand-he was stopping traffic so they could get another piece of equipment to move it. He invited us to come back that afternoon-there were bleachers set up on the beach for the public. Of course we went. He saw us and introduced us to another Army guy who was from Tex-and the rest was history. We had a double wedding 3 months later, my husband passed in 2011 after 49 yrs and 2 mos of marriage and my sister and her Army guy are still married after 53 yrs of marriage. Thank you Grand Isle!
Grand Isle means so much to me. Being there gives me such peace. Mainly, because I'm always there with my best friend of many years. We enjoy walks on the beach, long talks, seafood, music and just being together. Usually, years pass before we can spend time together since I no longer live in Louisiana. Lisa and I have actually spent way many more years apart than together. My family moved away from Thibodaux after living there only 2 1/2 years. I have always missed that perfect little town and its perfect people. Being at Grand Isle for a week or so, with Lisa and bringing our families together is just so amazing!! Lots of fun and lots of sun at the Island...you just can't beat that!! When we are together on the Island...life is beautiful!!
We kicked our volleyball off of our boat FLIPPER in October thinking it might make it to the Keys or Cuba with the note-
To Fidel From Mike with a phone number on it. We made the Port Aransas newspaper 3 months later! 377 miles in 60 days!
The wrong way!
We camped at the park every "long weekend" my shift working dad had during the summer. Hard core tent camping. Great family time! Dad was a helluva fisherman and he passed it to his kids. Many a sandwich hit the sand when he'd get into a school of speck and yelled for us all. Still love Grand Isle, Dad is gone now, but I know he's with us every trip we make there. My kids and grand kids have the fever now!
TARPON RODEO 1989 - A girlfriend and I went to Grand Isle to enjoy the rodeo and party with friends down by the marina. We boarded the HARD HEAD where lots of our friends were gathered to celebrate everything GRAND ISLE, when this guy walked up to me, handed me a beer, and shortly thereafter introduced me to his friends as THE THIRD LOVE OF HIS LIFE! Of course, I thought he was drunk and crazy! But I ran into him again around Gretna and in December 1989 we began a long term relationship. We married in May 1999. That's a TARPON RODEO I'll never forget! Luckiest day of my life!
I love Grand Isle, I am Uruguayan and last time my son saw the ocean was 2003, he was 2 years old.... And then finally we went to Grand Isle after mmmm...I think 8 years ... Like you can see was really really cold but he said "do not worried mom THIS IS THE PARADISE".... I think the same and my daughter does not know about beaches ... For her beach= Grand Isle
Also for them was first time they saw dolphins . I love Grand Isle and my family too.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD IS GRAND ISLE.LOUISIANA.I HAVE BEEN GOING THERE FROM THE AGE OF 9 OR 10 AND IM NOW 55.I GREW UP GOING WITH MY FAMILY ALL THROUGH MY CHILDHOOD.THERE WAS FIVE GIRLS AND SOMETIMES THREE STEP-BROTHERS AT DIFFERENT TIMES THROUGH THE SUMMERS.WE ALWAYS RENTED A POP UP CAMPER AND HAD THE BEST WEEKENDS ON THE BEACH.MY MAMA,AND STEPDAD,MY SISTERS DONNA,DOREEN,DEANNA,AND DELINDA,MY STEP BROTHERS WERE JOEY EDDIE AND ALBERT.WE ALWAYS STAYED ON ELMERS ISLAND.A FEW TIMES WE STAYED AT THE STATE PARK.THOSE WERE SOME OF THE BEST SUMMERS GROWING UP WITH MY FAMILY ON ELMERS ISLAND CAMPING OUT.IN 1990 I MET MY HUSBAND AND WE STARTER TAKING TRIPS TO GRAND ISLE ON WEEKENDS AND VACATIONS.WE CAMPED OUT A LOT ON ELMERS ISLAND.IT BECAME OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO CAMP.THROUGH THE YEARS WE STAYED AT SHADY REST COTTAGES,THE SAND PIPPER INN AND THE BREAKERS INN.IN 1997 MY HUSBAND HAROLD GLEN GUILLIAMS WERE MARRIED ON ELMERS ISLAND JUNE 1ST 1997.IT WAS A BLAST THEN WE CAMPED ON ELMERS FOR 15 DAYS STRAIGHT.WAS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES WE HAD.WE CONTINTUED TO GO FOR YEARS UNTILL MY HUSBAND HAD A HEART-ATTACK.HE CAME A FEW MORE TIMES WITH ME.WE ALWAYS SPOKE OF LIVING ON THE ISLAND WHEN HE HAD RETIRED.MY DAUGHTER-IN -LAW AN I TOOK SEVERAL VACATIONS AND MY SISTER -IN -LAW AND EVEN MADE A TRIP A FEW YEARS AGO WITH MY MOTHER.MY HUSBAND PASSED IN OCTOBER OF 2012 AND WE NEVER GOT TO MOVE AS WE HAD PLANNED.I HAVNT BEEN ABLE TO RETURN SINCE 2012.I REALLY MISS THE ISLAND.AS I SAID ITS MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORD GOD WILLING I WILL RETURN AGAIN BEFORE HE TAKES ME TO HEAVEN.
Well for me it started about 17 yrs ago. My partner and I set out on a road trip and somehow ended up on la 1 and the rest is history. Rode until the island ended. Turned around and ended up at elmers island. I ended up catching a ted fish by the bridge...with zebco....my partner is from virgin islands...no fishing poles there. Needless to say went to shop and got a pole for her and rest is history. We stayed at waterfront edge where Mrs June showed us hot spots to fish on island as well as Mr Joe at gulfstream. We now have a camp on carminada pass where our neighbors are wonderful. Locals are like our family. For me other than tiger stadium...there's no place I'd rather be.
I visit GI several times a year. In August I brought my family down and we had a great time. See my blog post for complete details (many others also). Love GI!
Coming from a poor family and having a afterthat did not fish iI made it to adult hood before my first at age 21. It was a business trip with Austin Packing company when I was with a food broker that handled their 3 pigs sausage. My first trip to the Island and saltwater fishing. It was a fun and exciting trip and Iwould love to say it was love at first sight, but iI surprised my emotions because as a newly web I new it was not a life style I could afford. Years later when my son was 12 years old and I had a comfortable income I stumbled upon a business card for a fishing guide and decided to treat my young son. Arriving on the Island brought back my memory of that first trip and with luck it was a wonderful day with full boxes of fish and days of smiles on my boys face. Within weeks we owned a boat and have explored the waters from Golden Meadow to the Island weekly for the last 25 years. The Island and surrounding not only provided me with many days of personal pleasure, it has served as a bonding point for a father and son. May we all realize what a jewel we have and take steps to save it for all the sons and daughters for future generations!
When I was a little girl in 1981 & 1982, my family moved from Illinois onto the island. My dad worked offshore and it was just me and my mom most of the time while he was working. Because I wasn't old enough to be in school at the time, most days were spent exploring the island, usually barefoot. I remember the feel of the old seashell streets on my feet and running through the tall grasses to play tag in the old cemetery. I remember dodging the spiderwebs in the palm trees. I remember when the beach didn't have the big hill and you could see the camps just steps from it. I remember fishing off of the old fishing bridge that used to be the old highway, and going with my grandma to the library that used to be just around the curve from the marina when getting onto the island.
But, in 1982 my parents moved to Houma and eventually Cut Off before relocating back to Illinois in 1987. Years went by and I got married and had kids of my own. I often spoke of the island to my husband and shared my barefoot tales with my children. In October of 2013, after about 30 years since I first lived there, my husband and I decided to take our kids there. My husband hadn't ever been to Louisiana, let alone the island, and I was excited for him to see what I had been talking about all those years, and interested to see if my memory of the island was as romantic in reality.
Although the small towns lined along the bayou had changed some, and the road to get there different, once getting on the island, I couldn't believe how much I remembered about the island. A lot of the houses I remember were gone, due to storms and age. The fishing bridge was different. The seashell streets were just asphalt. The library moved. The beach was different. Yet, the essence of the island remained unchanged. The people were warm and gracious. The pace laid back and easy. The food still awesome. We all loved it so much, we made it back two additional times, just recently this past Christmas and New Year's Eve. Best of all, I was able to make contact with an estranged family member who I was unsure was still alive, and he was. This really made the island no longer a vacation spot, but really made it home again.
Almost everyone I know has never heard of Grand Isle. Those who know we've been there a few times ask why we would keep going back there instead of going to Florida or somewhere more "exciting" or "exotic". I simply say, "It's home". It's where I was for a short time as a child, but somewhere I've never forgotten. More importantly, I feel blessed to have taken my children there, to have given them the memories I had when I was young. To them it is new, but for me, I'm home again.
So alot of people thought the BP spill in 2010 was devastating which it was, but that's when I met the love of my life!!! I just started bartending at the old Beach Club then switched to the famous Arties Sports Bar. My now fiance (which im still getting used to saying) was working for The Response Group. After a year of knowing one another I asked him to go to a Crossfade concert that was in Houma. And that was the night he asked me to be his girlfriend!!! We have been through lots of trials and tribulations but had the best 4 years I could've ever imagined with him. So on Easter morning he planned for just us to go fishing in Grand Isle, which we didnt catch anything. But we went onto the old bridge to fish. As we decided to move to another fishing spot, I was hooking my line up and Brian was calling my name and as I turned around there he was down on one knee with THE RING!!!! I was so shocked of what was happening. And of course I said yes!! We kissed and hugged and then there were some guys with their kids near us yelling if we just got engaged. We said yes and people started clapping for us. I just thought screw the fishing, lets go tell the family. It was a great way to start a new chapter in our life with the idea of how he proposed. To me he couldn't have done it better. And now to be with the greatest man ever is just amazing. Grand Isle is our place where we met and fell in love and instead of "We'll always have Paris," "We'll always have Grand Isle! !!!
Our family had a camp on Grand Isle from late fifties to middle sixties. The memories there are so precious to me. We had great times swimming, fishing, and crabbing on the island. Great times with family and friends make me happy to recall. No tv or cell phones just the warm breezes of lazy summer days that went by too fast. Wish I could recall all of them.
Last year, as of 2014, I caught a 4 foot blacktip shark. We were fishing somewhere near Mendicant Island (Near Queen Bess Island.) We saw a fin and it was not a porpoise for sure. It didn't show it's tail like a porpoise did and would not show any other part of it's body (except it's fin.) My dad cast over where it was heading. We were using a popping cork and a mullet head. Then, the cork jerked down! I reeled and got the shark right by the boat. Then he got hung in the anchor, broke my pole, and swam off.
Ray & I built a house there, lived there for 10 yrs. With Heart problems we sold our home there and moved nearer Drs & Hospital.
Now we visit G.I. occasionally and travel in our Camper and stay at the State Park. Would love to reestablish on G.I.
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My father in law showed me grand island for the first time 10 years ago aim not going to lie I fell in love with it . Last year I entered the September red fish Roido and I caught the biggest one last year 2015 39. 9 pounds it was great . The grand isle people welcomed me and my wife with open arms . On Sunday's we go to church down on the isle, then try to get a few hours of fishing in before going back home . Grand island is the place to go to relax , to enjoy friends with , even bring my family and grand kids to enjoy the weekend . Thanks for having us the people of grand isle.
I visited your wonderful island in Dec of 2014. I took care of my father the last 4 months of his life. [died 11-04-2014] It was the house we built after a tornado took the one I grew up in, and seriously injured my mom.[passed 1-14-2014] tornado 11-17-2013. After two years of Hell I needed to kick back in the worst way. Stress level was to the MAX. I knew it was an off season for fishing but that was ok,.I needed to get away from the destruction of my home town and let things settle down in my mind. Grand Isle was the perfect place. The people were so friendly we found a place to do laundry on Christmas Day then the owner came in and gave us our Quarters back, sweet girl! Then we went crabbing and fishing not much bit that afternoon but had a blast with the crabs, as we don't have them up here. I hope to be able to visit during the hot fishing season,... someday. But the time I spent there is a ''Grand'' memory and the stress relief I was able to get was even better. Thanks again for your wonderful town and the great time We had hope to visit again soon.
Grand Isle is one of my favorite places to visit and kayak fish. The people, the area and the community are truly special. Here's a short blog post and a video I made.
ME &My Family had the best Family Vacation last year with the best Saltwater Fishing around. Could you please send me your 2017 Visitors Guide&Fishing Information in the mail to my address which is 221 Nicholas Ave in Staten Island,New York,10302.Thank You.
In the first half of 1956 I worked as a Payroll Clerk in the District Office of Humble Oil & Refining Company located in Grand Isle, Louisiana (GILA for short). I was very young then & I have fond memories of my time in Grand Isle. I spent my leisure time on the beach, at T Man's Bar, the movie theater, & at the lone restaurant that was there at that time. One isolated memory I have from the movie theater is of the film breaking & the dozen or so people who were in the theater hollering impatiently for the movie to come back on, & the lady projector operator hollering back at the crowd to "keep your shirts on".
Does an oil company still have an office there? If so, which company? (Humble Oil & Refining Company was replaced years ago by Exxon.)
Are there any old timers left there that remembers life in that time period? I'd love to get some feedback.
Hello everyone, my name is Jamey Haddock. I often think of Grand Isle. The unfortunate catastrophic event of Hurricane Katrina brought my National Guard unit (251st MP Co) to your quaint little Island. Our unit had just returned from overseas duty in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in the spring of 2005. I had taken a new job upon our return and was in training not long after being home. I remember those August days watching the events unfold daily leading up to landfall. Two days after Katrina made her way ashore, we got the call. Our MP (Military Police) Unit was packing up to fly to New Orleans, so we did just that. Not long after landing, we were moved out to a Parrish (and I cant remember which one) and eventually settled in on a community center. We made that our Operating Base. Im still not sure where the order came from, but my Platoon was to travel each day by convoy to Grand Isle and help in anyway possible. I was the Platoon Leader at the time. One of the things I remember the most is how the people surronding that community center took us in and made us feel at home. Of course our Unit was self-supporting in regards to food, fuel and other commodities, but there was always a special meal for us at least once a day. The folks in the community provide us gumbo, shrimp boil and more. It was great! Like I said, my Platoon of MPs were traveling to Grand Isle each day to work on anything we could. Some of my soldiers cleared debris. Some of the troops worked in the grocery store (I cant remember the name) to help clear our all the sediment of the passing surge. Some of us helped to cover open tombs in the cemetery. Part of the Platoon worked and helped in the eventual Red Cross distro center. There were so many things going on I cant remember them all. I can honestly say that the people of Grand Isle were so humble and hard working. They didn't drop their heads and wait for others to make the moves. These folks on the Island rolled their sleeves up and took the bull by the horns. It was very impressive to roll in at the Fire Department each morning. This is where we would start each day. We recieved the requests for where we were needed and took it on like a mission. I think we spent almost two weeks on the Island. The experience me and my troops had there will continue to impact our lives for many many years Iam sure. One day I want to come back down and visit you guys and see how the Island looks back in its beautiful state.
PS- Thanks again to those who traveled up to Tennesse and put on the biggest and best cajun cookin' I have ever partaken. This was the best thanks you all could have ever given, cause we like to eat in Tennessee!!!
Major (R) Jamey Haddock, Tennessee Army National Guard
Every weekend earl and me would go to grand isle. Whether we would go out with Doc Kennedy or fish in the shallow waters it was the best time of our lives. Now that we are in our older years we want more than anything to make our final trip to grand isle. It probably will take us two days where it used to take an after work adventure. Earl is nearing 80 and this is something I have to make happen. Leon was our deckhand. So many wonderful memories there. We will be back hopefully soon. Our last venture! Love the people. Love the atmosphere. I can't wait!
When I was 12 my Mother remarried and we moved from Tacoma,Wa. to Houma,Louisiana. Reason being Step Father worked on the riggs in the gulf.Well the marriage did not last long before he moved on and we were there not knowing many or the area to well.So my Mom took a job at the Ramada Inn as a hostess she ended up meeting so many friendly people. I remember someone inviting us for a weekend to Grand Isle for camping. I remember my Mom smiling so much that weekend which I had not seen from her in a long time. The people were so friendly and it was so beautiful that we ended up coming back many times in the next five years before moving back to Washington.
I just want to say Thank Y'all for putting that smile back on Mom's face. I am now 58 and Mom passed in 2009 but I will never forget the awesome time I had with my Mom there!
Greetings from Nebraska!
We recently had the opportunity to spend several days with you all down on the island - it was absolutely beautiful, and we so enjoyed everyone's hospitality. It wouldn't take much to convince us to become full time residents.
My son desperately wanted to get hooked into a 'real' fish this year after losing some of his enthusiasm for catching blue-gill at our local pond. We came to Grand Isle as part of our photography business, and had the opportunity to get out on the pier one calm afternoon. Being from Nebraska, we've done our fair share of fishing from the shoreline, so being up above the action was great fun - a couple of hardhead, a cute little drum, and a few stolen baits later, we'd already spent several hours up there laughing and talking to the exceedingly polite residents who ventured out to see the ocean. My son was standing by his pole as we all pointed out dolphins on the horizon when, just like in the movies, the pole bent in half, the drag whined, and the line took off. It was unlike anything that he'd ever experienced and for a long moment he just stood there watching it - absolutely transfixed. Only when the pole threatened to fly off into the ocean, did he grab it and lay into the biggest fish that he'd ever had on. It was worth every moment of the drive down to you guys to see he and the fish fight for bragging rights. From way up on the pier, we caught glimpses of the fish in the water - fins and splashes and ominous stretches where it disappeared entirely. In the end, Nick landed a 31" red drum, by far his largest fish, and without a doubt his favorite fishing experience ever. (And he's done a lot of fishing that kid.)
We'll be back again in January to create photographs and promotional cinema for a local realtor and charter company, and wanted to see if you all would be interested in having us do the very same for Grand Isle itself. We'd love to put together some stunning images for your website and publications, and create a fully customized cinema(s) for you to use throughout the year as you let folks know just how beautiful it is on your shores (activities, events, lodging, and more). We've done this all over the world this year - a dozen countries and twice as many states, but we keep being drawn back to you guys.
Feel free to take a peek at some of our work below, and if you're interested and making your website, publications, and promotions really stand out, we'd be happy to talk about the possibilities.
All of our best!
Troy, Heather, and Nick (the twelve-year old über-fisherman)
A few years ago, my husband and I decided to take a family vacation. We searched a few places before settling on Grand Isle. I'm honestly greatful we did. My kids were able to experience the ocean for the first time and we made some amazing family memories. We would definitely come here again.