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.
Located on the eastern side of the island of Grande-Terre, 3.6 miles north of Saint-Francois, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; beaches less-traveled like Anse a l'Eau make great places to spread out and relax.
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.
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, restrooms will not be available here. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.
If you choose sunny days which offer an angelic haven, then a good choice for you is Anse a l'Eau; it's back within a much quieter sector of the region.
Anse a l'Eau is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South East coast of Grande-Terre. Domaine de Zevallos is one of the local attractions.
Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but some visitors find that museums like(one of the closest to Anse a l'Eau) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new side of Guadeloupe's history.
Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.
|Domaine de Zevallos||Historical Site||2.3||W||Grande-Terre|
|Golf de St-Francois||Golf Course||3.4||S||Grande-Terre|
|Musée Edgar Clerc||Museum||5.8||WNW||Grande-Terre|
The nearest section on Grande-Terre to Anse a l'Eau is. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is only a mile and a half from the coast, which means it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. Dubedou is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.
The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may see guests from smaller lodgings in the area.
You'll find a good amount of hotels within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient choices have been displayed in the following list.
|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|
|Le Golf Marine Hotel||--||--||Hotel|
|Hôtel Club Manganao||4.5 mi.||SSW||Resort|
|Hotel Amaudo||5.6 mi.||SW||Hotel|
|Hotel Eden Palm||--||--||Hotel|
One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to try a local restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Guadeloupe's specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest restaurants is La Porte des Indes. This restaurant has a menu featuring Indian cuisine.
The table below lists places to eat near this beach.
|La Porte des Indes||(059) 021-3087||Indian||--||2.7 mi.||S|
|Le Birdy||(059) 088-4187||French||Fine Dining||3.4 mi.||S|
|Au Widdy’s||(069) 030-7011||Creole||Informal||3.6 mi.||S|
|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||--||--|
|(069) 053-8150||Caribbean, French||Very Casual||--||--|
|L’Assiette Gourmande||(059) 088-9619||French||Informal||--||--|
Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Anse a l'Eau doesn't suit their tastes.
If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Anse Champagne, located a brief car or taxi trip away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Baie Sainte Marie may be just what you're looking for. It's located two and a half miles to the southeast.
You may also want to consider La Porte d'Enfer, one of the many great Guadeloupe beach sites. Set in a beautiful natural environment of limestone cliffs and protected waters, La Porte d'Enfer is an idyllic beach destination.
While Guadeloupe has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at Anse a l'Eau is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.
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