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 should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. When you need to spend the afternoon away from tourist-filled hotspots, you might really enjoy an afternoon at Anse a l'Eau.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

If you usually enjoy beaches that bring guests a quiet environment, then a good choice for you is Anse a l'Eau; it's tucked away in a less urban area of the region.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Anse a l'Eau is on the South East coast of Grande-Terre. It is near Domaine de Zevallos, which is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Le Maison du Crabe Museum. This museum is relatively near Anse a l'Eau, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 nearest section of Grande-Terre to Anse a l'Eau is Dubedou. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is just a mile and a half from the beach, meaning it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. This region in Guadeloupe is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of places to stay which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient possibilities can be viewed in the following list.

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


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is La Porte des Indes. This restaurant has Indian food.

A few nearby dining options are shown below.

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 more fantastic beaches besides Anse a l'Eau on Grande-Terre.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Anse Champagne, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Baie Sainte Marie offers more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located two and a half miles to the southeast.

Another location you may want to try 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.

There's plenty to see and do in Guadeloupe, and Anse a l'Eau is just one of the many options.


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