This popular beach on the southeast point of Guadeloupe may be far from the cities, but it is a top choice for many visitors. The long beach is home to some minor waves, with most of the larger ones breaking up a bit further off the coast. This makes it great for swimming and boogie boarding, though surfers should head a bit more south for their beach.
Located on the island of Grande-Terre, 3.9 miles east of downtown St. Francois, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just beautiful, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like Guadeloupe. While Anse de la Gourde may be a little bit out of the way, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.
The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically operate along this coastline.
One of the most useful amenities are the picnic facilities.
Please note that public restrooms are not available. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. During the weekends, Anse de la Gourde can get pretty crowded since everyone is welcomed at this incredible beach.
Off the beaten path, Anse de la Gourde with its availability of comforts are likely to be a good choice for tourists that that are looking to escape the crowds, since it happens to be situated inside a laid-back area. Thankfully, because of this you will generally find all facilities open to use, not having been scooped up by others.
Beachgoers will find Anse de la Gourde on the South East coast of Grande-Terre; this area boasts other attractions such as Golf de St-Francois, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.
If you want to mix some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting, one of the closest museums, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.
Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.
|Golf de St-Francois||Golf Course||3.5||W||Grande-Terre|
|Domaine de Zevallos||Historical Site||6.5||WNW||Grande-Terre|
The nearest area on Grande-Terre to Anse de la Gourde is. This destination is just five and a half miles away, so it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. This section in Guadeloupe is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.
The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.
Visitors will find a fairly good range of hotel and resort options to pick from near Anse de la Gourde. The most convenient of which are listed in the following table.
|La Plantation Resort||3.6 mi.||W||Resort|
|Le Meridien La Cocoteraie||--||--||Hotel|
|Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf||3.7 mi.||W||Hotel|
|Golf Village Hotel||3.7 mi.||W||Resort|
|Le Golf Marine Hotel||--||--||Hotel|
|Hôtel Club Manganao||5.4 mi.||W||Resort|
|Hotel Amaudo||7.2 mi.||W||Hotel|
|Hotel Eden Palm||--||--||Hotel|
If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Le Birdy. This restaurant has a menu featuring French cuisine. The restaurant is not far away, so a quick car or cab ride will get you there hassle-free.
Nearby dining options are shown below.
|Le Birdy||(059) 088-4187||French||Fine Dining||3.5 mi.||W|
|Au Widdy’s||(069) 030-7011||Creole||Informal||3.6 mi.||W|
|Le Cosy||(059) 083-1163||French||Informal||3.7 mi.||W|
|(059) 083-1621||French||Informal||3.7 mi.||W|
|La Porte des Indes||(059) 021-3087||Indian||--||3.8 mi.||W|
|(059) 021-3114||Mediterranean||Informal||3.9 mi.||W|
|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||--||--|
Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Grande-Terre, so if Anse de la Gourde doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.
If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Anse Champagne, situated a quick car or cab ride away. More active guests, though, may be interested in Point Tarare, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it a half mile to the east-southeast.
Travelers may also want to consider Plage du Helleux, located four and a half miles away.
Perhaps Anse de la Gourde is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Guadeloupe you might like.
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