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Grand Isle, Louisiana is a barrier island in the Gulf Coast in Jefferson Parish about 50 miles south of New Orleans. It is about 8 miles long and up to mile and a half wide. Prevailing currents and weather activity has caused it to expand and contract as it slowly drifts eastward toward Grande Terre. It has a resident population of about 1,500 which grows to 20,000 in the Summer months.

 

Grand Isle has been a popular summer getaway since the late 1800's and renowned for its fishing and crabbing and the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Off its waters you can catch blue fin tuna, red snapper, flounder, yellow fin, Spanish mackerel and much more . The famous writer Lafcadio Hearn who lived in New Orleans from 1877 to 1887 called Grand Isle "...the prettiest island in the gulf." Nearby Grande Terre was a base for the famous pirate, Jean Lafitte. Grand Isle comes from the French for ' big island.'

 

 

 

 

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