Anse a l'Eau

Tucked away in a cove with gentle and clear waters, the only explanation of why this beach isn't crowded is that its pretty far from any city. Nonetheless, any travel who makes the drive to get to Anse a l'Eau will be rewarded with a secluded beach with plenty of sand and only the occasional other visitor to share it with.

Situated on the island of Grande-Terre, 3.6 miles north of Saint-Francois, You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying in the immediate vicinity. There are advantages to visiting a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; secluded parts of the coast like Anse a l'Eau are perfect for getting away from it all.

How to Access The Beach
While a bit of a drive, you can follow relatively well traveled roads all the way to the beach. However, the roads are in the rural area of the island and are often unmarked, so be sure to pick up a road map and plan your way ahead of time. Once there, you will be able to park right off the road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Anse a l'Eau is a natural beauty. While you will not find the bright white and smooth sand of some of the tourist hot-spots, the sand here is still light and soft. The waters also offer a nice mix, calm near the shore, but rougher just outside the horseshoe like coast. Beyond the coast, the Atlantic stretches East until hitting Africa, making the beach a perfect place to catch an unobstructed view of the sunrise.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to see the underwater world.

If you find that you prefer sunny days which bring guests a quiet enclave, then maybe head on over to Anse a l'Eau; it's found in a more rural part of Grande-Terre.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the South East coast of Grande-Terre. It is close to Domaine de Zevallos, which is one of the attractions in the region.

If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Le Maison du Crabe Museum, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse a l'Eau
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Domaine de Zevallos Historical Site 2.3 W Grande-Terre
Golf de St-Francois Golf Course 3.4 S Grande-Terre
Casino de la Marina Casino 3.6 S Grande-Terre
Le Maison du Crabe Museum Museum 5.7 WNW Grande-Terre
Musée Edgar Clerc Museum 5.8 WNW Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The closest section of Grande-Terre to Anse a l'Eau is Dubedou. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is only a mile and a half away, so a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This area of Guadeloupe is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Beach-goers will find a fairly good range of accommodation options to choose from in the area surrounding the beach. The closest of which are listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Anse a l'Eau
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Plantation Resort 2.8 mi. S Resort
Golf Village Hotel 3.2 mi. S Resort
Le Meridien La Cocoteraie -- -- Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf 3.6 mi. S Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf -- -- Hotel
Résidence Les Boucaniers 3.7 mi. S Hotel
Hôtel Club Manganao 4.5 mi. SSW Resort
Hotel Amaudo 5.6 mi. SW Hotel
Village De Sainte Anne 5.9 mi. SW Hotel
Village Club Sainte-Anne 8.8 mi. SW Resort


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest restaurants is La Porte des Indes. The restaurant has a menu featuring Indian food.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Anse a l'Eau
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Porte des Indes (059) 021-3087 Indian -- 2.7 mi. S
La Varangue (866) 559-3821 International Informal -- --
Le Birdy (059) 088-4187 French Fine Dining 3.4 mi. S
Au Widdy’s (069) 030-7011 Creole Informal 3.6 mi. S
I.Pâtes (069) 074-1341 Italian Informal -- --
Iguane Café (059) 088-6137 African, Asian, Creole Informal -- --
L'Arobas (059) 088-7377 Creole Very Casual -- --
La Petite Crêperie (059) 090-2840 French Informal -- --
Le Métis Café (069) 053-8150 Caribbean, French Very Casual -- --
Le Zagaya (059) 088-6721 Caribbean Informal -- --
L’Assiette Gourmande (059) 088-9619 French Informal -- --
Regal Pizza (059) 023-1559 Italian Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Grande-Terre, so Anse a l'Eau is just one of your options.

You might also enjoy Anse Champagne, located a brief car or taxi trip away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Baie Sainte Marie is just right. It's found two and a half miles to the southeast.

Another option worth considering is La Porte d'Enfer, which is an additional nearby Guadeloupe destination. Set in a beautiful natural environment of limestone cliffs and protected waters, La Porte d'Enfer is an idyllic beach destination.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Guadeloupe, but Anse a l'Eau is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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