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 island of Grande-Terre, 3.9 miles east of downtown St. Francois, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. This beach isn't just another pleasant afternoon distraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Guadeloupe. While Anse de la Gourde may be a little harder to reach, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

Amenities and Ambiance

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You may also have the option to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, so you can save your picnic lunch from the sand.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. During the weekends, Anse de la Gourde can get pretty crowded since everyone is welcomed at this incredible beach.

Hidden away, Anse de la Gourde with its offering of conveniences are a safe choice among guests that that are looking to escape from the busy beaches, since it is situated within a quiet region. With this in mind, the availability of some facilities likely won't be decreased.

What's Nearby


Found on the South East coast of Grande-Terre; it will be near other attractions like Golf de St-Francois, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're intrigued by Guadeloupe's history, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One attraction of this sort is Domaine de Zevallos, which is one of the sites of historical significance which can be visited in addition to Anse de la Gourde.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse de la Gourde
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Golf de St-Francois Golf Course 3.5 W Grande-Terre
Domaine de Zevallos Historical Site 6.5 WNW Grande-Terre
Terre-de-Bas Lighthouse Lighthouse 9.2 SE None
Musée Edgar Clerc Museum 10.3 NW Grande-Terre
Rhums Damoiseau Operating Distillery 10.3 WNW Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The nearest section on Grande-Terre to Anse de la Gourde is Dubedou. This location is only five and a half miles away, so it shouldn't take too long to make a visit. Dubedou is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can appeal to visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of hotels within driving distance. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the table below.

Accommodations near Anse de la Gourde
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Cocoteraie 3.4 W Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf 3.7 W Hotel
Le Vallon 3.8 W Villa complex


If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is La Petite Crêperie. This restaurant serves delicious French cuisine. They also specialize in crepes. The restaurant is fairly close, so hailing a cab is a convenient way to get there.

Nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Anse de la Gourde
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Petite Crêperie (059) 090-2840 French Informal 3.5 mi. W
L'Arobas (059) 088-7377 Creole Very Casual 3.6 mi. W
Au Widdy’s (069) 030-7011 Creole Informal 3.6 mi. W
Le Zagaya (059) 088-6721 Caribbean Informal 3.7 mi. W
Le Métis Café (069) 053-8150 Caribbean, French Very Casual 3.7 mi. W
I.Pâtes (069) 074-1341 Italian Informal 3.8 mi. W
Le Mabouya dans la Bouteille (059) 021-3114 Mediterranean Informal 3.9 mi. W
Restaurant 619 (069) 072-1301 Caribbean Informal 4.1 mi. W
La Porte des Indes (059) 021-3087 Indian -- 4.4 mi. W

Other Beaches

Anse de la Gourde is just one of many beaches you can visit on Grande-Terre.

You might also enjoy Anse Champagne, situated a short taxi ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Point Tarare. It's found a half mile to the east-southeast.

You may also enjoy Plage du Helleux, which is located not a great distance away, which means a quick ride in a taxi is a solid choice.

There's plenty to see and do in Guadeloupe, so visiting Anse de la Gourde is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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