Anse de la Gourde

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 eastern coast of the island of Grande-Terre, 3.9 miles east of downtown St. Francois, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying nearby. 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 bit off the beaten path, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

Amenities and Ambiance

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

One of the most useful amenities are the picnic facilities.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites. During the weekends, Anse de la Gourde can get pretty crowded since everyone is welcomed at this incredible beach.

Tucked away, Anse de la Gourde and its amenities are a hit among anyone hoping to find a place away from the crowded beaches, as it is situated in a calm area. Because of this, it doesn't matter the part of the day you come, as there's little chance you'll have to race with other guests who might want access to the amenities found here.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This pleasant stretch of sand known as Anse de la Gourde is on the South East coast of Grande-Terre; the area hosts attractions such as Golf de St-Francois, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Le Maison du Crabe Museum. This museum is relatively near Anse de la Gourde, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse de la Gourde
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Golf de St-Francois Golf Course 3.5 W Grande-Terre
Casino de la Marina Casino 4.2 W Grande-Terre
Domaine de Zevallos Historical Site 6.5 WNW Grande-Terre
Terre-de-Bas Lighthouse Lighthouse 9.2 SE None
Le Maison du Crabe Museum Museum 10.1 WNW Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The nearest region on Grande-Terre to Anse de la Gourde is Dubedou. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is just five and a half miles from the coast, meaning a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This region of Guadeloupe is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a good number of hotel rooms within a car's reach. Some of the closest options have been displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Anse de la Gourde
Hotel Distance Direction Type
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
Résidence Les Boucaniers 3.8 mi. W Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf -- -- Hotel
Hôtel Club Manganao 5.4 mi. W Resort
Hotel Amaudo 7.2 mi. W Hotel
Village De Sainte Anne 7.6 mi. W Hotel

Food

When you start craving an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is Le Birdy. This restaurant offers a menu of French cuisine. The restaurant is fairly close, so a brief car or taxi trip is a convenient way to get there.

The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Anse de la Gourde
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Birdy (059) 088-4187 French Fine Dining 3.5 mi. W
La Varangue (866) 559-3821 International Informal -- --
Au Widdy’s (069) 030-7011 Creole Informal 3.6 mi. W
Le Cosy (059) 083-1163 French Informal 3.7 mi. W
L'O (059) 083-1621 French Informal 3.7 mi. W
La Porte des Indes (059) 021-3087 Indian -- 3.8 mi. W
Le Mabouya dans la Bouteille (059) 021-3114 Mediterranean Informal 3.9 mi. W
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 -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Grande-Terre besides Anse de la Gourde.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Anse Champagne, found a brief car or taxi trip away. On the other hand, Point Tarare offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to nearby attractions. You'll find it a half mile to the east-southeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit Plage du Helleux, which is located four and a half miles away.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Anse de la Gourde could end up a family favorite.

 

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