Avoid all of the crowds of the city and plan to visit the beach at Bas-du-Fort, where the beaches are hardly ever crowded. This is one of the best places to stay if you'd like to be near but not in the capital city, and it is conveniently located near the international airport.
Set in the vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, 1.3 miles west-northwest of Gosier, Bas-du-Fort is on the South West coast of Grande-Terre. You might want to drop by whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, may really like a visit to Bas-du-Fort. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it's not quiet or boring either.
You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. There are many types of dining experiences in Guadeloupe that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be a particularly memorable one. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Guadeloupe's famous street food along the way.
Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You may also have the option to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.
This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration. Because Bas-du-Fort is a hot tourist area, this beach may not be as tranquil as some of Guadeloupe's other oceanfront properties.
Bas-du-Fort is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South West coast of Grande-Terre; the area hosts attractions such as Fort Fleur D'Epee A Musee, which is one of the closest attractions.
If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Musee du Costume et Tradition, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.
Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.
|Fort Fleur D'Epee A Musee||Historical Site||0.4 mi.||NNE||Grande-Terre|
|Musee du Costume et Tradition||Museum||1.2 mi.||E||Grande-Terre|
|Aquarium de la Guadeloupe||Aquarium||1.3 mi.||ESE||Grande-Terre|
|The Bitasyon||Museum||1.3 mi.||ESE||Grande-Terre|
The nearby town of Pointe A Pitre is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the shore, Pointe A Pitre is a quick trip away, maybe two miles (three and a half kilometers).
The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.
You'll find a reasonable selection of hotels within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the following list.
|Canella Beach||0.4 mi.||S||Hotel|
|Mahogany Hotel Residence||0.5 mi.||S||Resort|
|La Creole Beach Hotel||0.5 mi.||S||Hotel|
|Karibea Beach Resort Gosier||0.6 mi.||SSE||Resort|
|La Maison Creole||--||--||Hotel|
|Auberge de la Vielle Tour||1.0 mi.||ESE||Hotel|
When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Les Fourneaux de Saint Félix. The restaurant serves both Creole and French cuisines.
The table below lists nearby restaurant options.
|Les Fourneaux de Saint Félix||(059) 090-1602||Creole, French||Fine Dining||0.6 mi.||S|
|05.90.908576||Caribbean||Very Casual||0.7 mi.||W|
|Table de Bacchus||0590 84 36 43||Creole||Very Casual||--||--|
|(059) 090-9676||Italian||Very Casual||0.8 mi.||W|
|Gosier Restaurant & Bar||(590) 590-8787 ext. 72||Creole||Fine Dining||1.0 mi.||ESE|
|(059) 090-7300||Creole||Very Casual||1.2 mi.||W|
|Coco Kafé||(059) 093-6302||Caribbean||Very Casual||--||--|
|Fast Grill||(059) 091-2741||American||Very Casual||--||--|
|La Kaz à Loulouz||(059) 084-6455||Creole||--||--||--|
|La Langouste des Iles||(059) 084-8228||Creole||Fine Dining||--||--|
|(059) 021-8626||French||Very Casual||--||--|
|Safari Pizza||(069) 047-9279||Italian||Very Casual||--||--|
Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Grande-Terre besides Bas-du-Fort.
If the exciting vibe at Bas-du-Fort is one of the features you love, think about checking out Ilet du Gosier, a spot with the same type of electricity. It is located a mile and a half to the southeast. Catch a ferry boat to Illet du Gosier, where you can enjoy excellent snorkeling. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might find what you want at Creole Beach. You'll find it just a short distance away.
You might also want to visit Pointe des Salines, which is located four and a half miles away.
Maybe Bas-du-Fort is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.
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