Grenada: Hog Island, Uninterrupted

Visiting Hog Island during the week is like purchasing a private island at the bargain price of $20 EC per head. For the cost of roundtrip boat passage from the fishing village of Woburn to the island, you could find yourself blissfully undisturbed on this tiny L-shaped strip of beach. That’s a pretty sweet deal in my book.

I heard all about the epic-ness of Hog Island from an enthusiastic Grenadian I met on Grand Anse beach. He promised a big lime, BBQ and beers at Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar. I was looking forward to experiencing the hype first hand but when Captain Sperry’s fishing boat touched ground there were only two people there and they made a swift departure within 5 minutes of our arrival.

Hog Island, Grenada
A view from one end of the beach on Hog Island.

As it turns out, my friend on the beach forgot to mention one pretty significant detail – the island only comes to life on Sundays.

Every other day of the week it’s a ghost town. So there we were, my father and me, with an island all to ourselves.

Little did I know that Hog Island at rest – completely empty and eerily serene – was everything I didn’t know I needed.

Hog Island, Grenada.
A makeshift structure right at the L-shaped portion of the beach on Hog Island.

Rustic. Unpretentious. Rugged. And a little wild. It lacks all the amenities I’ve grown accustomed to while playing the role of Professional Beach Bum – no chairs to rent, no bar staff walking around taking drink orders, no lifeguards, no restrooms, and barely enough of that powdery white sand for you to lounge on without the water creeping up and licking your toes – but, strangely enough, those things would have felt out of place. Hog Island is a place you go to appreciate it’s simplicity.

Luckily, where it falls short in the frills department, it makes up for in function. As a part of the Woburn Clark’s Court Bay Marine Protected Area, the island has been equipped with just enough infrastructure for visitors to have a safe, clean, and fun time – picnic tables, BBQ pits, makeshift swings, a hammock that could easily fit two and an a wooden structure that serves as Roger’s Bar with bare shelves I imagine are usually well stocked on Sundays. The perfect elements for a day trip with a group of friends or family.

Hog Island, Grenada
Some of the amenities on Hog Island with Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar in the background.

Now, what do you need to know to enjoy this little slice of heaven?

When to go

Monday to Saturday, if you want it all to yourself. Sunday, if you’re looking for a good party scene.

How to get there

Boat: You can hire a boat for $20 EC per person from the jetty in Woburn. The process is very informal but you can ask for Sperry, as that’s the captain who took us there and back safely.

Walking: There’s a bridge in Mt. Hartman that will take you from the mainland to the island. It’s closed to vehicular traffic at the moment, but if you’re up for it you can make the 30 minute journey on foot – over the water and along the trail that will take you through the bushes and right on to the beach. (NB: It is not advised that you make this walk alone.)

What to bring

Bring food/snacks and drinks, especially if you plan on spending a significant portion of the day there. There’s absolutely no source for either on the island, unless Roger’s is open. There’s a bare-minimum bar at the jetty in Woburn where you can pick up some beers, soft drinks and a few snacks. If you plan to BBQ then coals and the required utensils are a must. In the end I didn’t need it but I wouldn’t have complained if I had a beach mat with me. The picnic tables make it convenient for you to play games like cards and dominoes so again, if you’re spending the day there pack other items to occupy your time. Regardless of how long you’re going though, be sure to pack garbage bags so you can leave the island just as you found it.

A deserted Hog Island embodies the spirit of #puregrenada, in my opinion. So if you have time, and you’re not opposed to ‘roughing it’ for a bit, I highly recommend this excursion be included in your itinerary while you’re visiting Grenada!

Check out this short home video of my Hog Island trip.

Have you ever been to Hog Island? Whether it was on a Sunday or otherwise, share what your experience was like in the comments!

 

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An island all to yourself? Yes please! Hog Island during the week is the perfect escape if you're vacationing in Grenada!

 

 

17 Comment

  1. Marvin Imamshah says: Reply

    What a nice discovery. Never heard of Hog Island before now until now. Would like to see how it comes alive on Sunday and definitely do the bridge! Enjoyed reading this alot. Have you ever been to a place called Canouan?

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks Marvin! Next time I’m in Grenada I’m definitely going to check out the Sunday scene!

  2. Althea Sylvester says: Reply

    Your description was so vivid I felt the experience.

  3. We plan on going here someday. Great tips! luv the vid =). Looks like such a nice and peaceful place. I can’t believe the US bombed them…..smh

  4. Like Robinson Caruso! I was thinking maybe Gilligans Island 🙂 Hog Island looks wonderful for a relaxing day out, I wonder do they have accommodations on the island? I bet Sundays would be a blast to go!

  5. Ah this makes me want to pack my bags and enjoy the tranquility of Hog Island! I think you went at the best time when you had the whole place all to yourself!

  6. Agnes says: Reply

    Would like to go there right now! Lovely island. Nowadays it is so hard to find a place that is not full of tourists. This would be a nice getaway from all the masses to enjoy some peace and quiet 🙂

  7. neha says: Reply

    Lovely island. It looks so serene. I would love to catchup with some lazy days and sleep here.

  8. Looks like a very peaceful island. Hope it doesn’t get overrun by tourists anytime soon!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I absolutely hope so as well!

  9. Wow! Ive never heard of Hog Island. How cool that you basically had a private island to yourself. I would love to go. Those beaches look marvelous, so relaxing.

  10. Small island, but so beautiful! In my opinion, you were very lucky to have the island only for you and your dad. I think you really enjoyed it this way. Btw, I love how you described the whole experience, it made me feel as if I was there with you 🙂

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thank you so much! It was a great experience and I’m glad you enjoyed my retelling of this adventure 🙂

  11. Grenada looks awesome! I was thinking about it for our honeymoon as a possibility! Hog Island definitely speaks my language with the tranquility to relax!

  12. Emily says: Reply

    I thought this was going to be the island filled with pigs! I’m glad to see that it’s another hog island with much more serenity! 🙂

    Beautiful photos and informative write up… thank you!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Lol easy mistake! But this island doesn’t have any actual pics 🙂 Thanks for the great feedback!

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