Caribbean Tourism

Beaches

Guadeloupe has excellent beaches for swimming, mostly between Gosier and St-François on Grande Terre. Petit Havre is popular with its small coves and reefs offshore. Here are mostly fishermen and locals and a small shed selling fish meals and beer.


The best is at Ste-Anne where the fine white sand and crystal clear water of a constant depth of 1.5 metres far from shore make idyllic bathing; the Plage du Bourg in town is ideal for young children, the Plage de la Caravelle is excellent with access only through the Club Med. About 2 km from the town is the Plage de Bois Jolan, reached down a track, where the water is shallow enough to walk to the protecting reef. Further E are good beaches at St-François and the 11-km road to Pointe des Colibris skirts the Anse Kahouanne with lots of tracks going down to the sea; sand is limited but there are snorkelling possibilities.

On the N coast of the peninsula is Plage Tarare, the island’s only nude bathing beach where there is a good restaurant by the car park. It is not a good place for women to arrive unaccompanied. Plage de l’Anse à la Gourde has good sand and is popular with campers at weekends. More deserted beaches can be found on the NE of Grande Terre.

On the leeward coast of Basse-Terre are some good beaches. S of Pointe Noire on the W coast is Plage Caraïbe, which is clean, calm and beautiful, with restaurant Le Reflet (helpful owners), picnic facilities, toilets and a shower. A small, black sand beach, La Grand Anse, just W of Trois Rivières, has a barbecue and drinks (expensive) on the beach and a shower and toilets (which do not always work). In the NW, La Grande Anse, 30 mins walk N of Deshaies, is superb and undeveloped with no hotels, golden sand but no snorkelling except round a large rock where the current is quite strong. Body surfing is good when the waves are big. Camping sites in the area and a beach restaurant at the S end with charcoal-grilled chicken and rice. There are several snack bars half way along the beach, serving sandwiches and drinks. On Sun local people sell hot créole food quite cheaply. The beaches on the N coast of Basse-Terre can be very dangerous and at Plage de Clugny there are warning signs not to swim as there have been several drownings.


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