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 think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Guadeloupe. While Anse de la Gourde may be a little harder to reach, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

Amenities and Ambiance

There is also a snack bar here. You may also have the option to order lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Those who want to dine by the water will appreciate that there are picnic tables available.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some 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.

Anse de la Gourde is in an area which is not exactly a tourism capital. With this in mind, the availability of certain amenities shouldn't be negatively affected.

What's Nearby


Anse de la Gourde is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South East coast of Grande-Terre; the area is home to other attractions such as Golf de St-Francois, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Guadeloupe, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Domaine de Zevallos, which is one of the closest historical attractions in the vicinity of Anse de la Gourde.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones 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
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 closest region on Grande-Terre to Anse de la Gourde is Dubedou. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is only five and a half miles from the beach, so a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. This region in Guadeloupe is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. Anse de la Gourde is not located near many major hotels, but you may see guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Beach-goers will find a decent selection of lodging options to choose from near the beach. The most convenient of which have been listed in the table that follows.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Guadeloupe's specialty dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Birdy. This restaurant serves delicious French cuisine. The restaurant is pretty nearby, so hailing a cab will get you there hassle-free.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

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

There are other beaches on Grande-Terre you might like besides Anse de la Gourde.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Anse Champagne, found a quick car or cab ride away. On the other hand, Point Tarare offers more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a half mile to the east-southeast.

Another location you may want to try is Plage du Helleux, located four and a half miles away.

Maybe Anse de la Gourde is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Guadeloupe offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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