Anse de Sable

As one of the few grey beaches on Guadeloupe, Anse de Sable is popular among sightseers, especially those who enjoy seeing unique beaches. However, and perhaps luckily, as most visitors are on the lookout for white sand, Anse de Sable is rarely crowded, complimented further by its large size. Another draw of the beach is its rougher waters, a big plus for surfers tired of calm tropical waters.

Located near the middle of the island of Basse-Terre, 5.4 miles north of Capesterre, Anse de Sable is on the East edge of the island, You might want to drop by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. It's often said that Anse de Sable is the ideal location for escaping the hustle of Guadeloupe's urban areas. Most other beaches you'll come across in Guadeloupe may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Anse de Sable, but are usually more crowded because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

How to Access The Beach

Anse de Sable is in a mainly residential section of the island, though is easily reached by car. The main road in Plage de St. Clair that heads Southeast will take you right to the beach's main entrance which has plenty of space for parking.

Amenities and Ambiance

As the grey sand stretches along the coast, visitors will not come across much, save trees and rocks.

Travelers can take advantage of the available picnic tables, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. It's also good to know that you will have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors hoping for a shaded area to relax in will get their wish. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Tucked away, Anse de Sable and its availability of amenities and services will likely be a hit for anyone that plan to be free from all the other tourists, since it happens to be situated inside a calm area. This means that regardless of what part of the day you decide to come, since there's very little possibility that you need to deal with other tourists who will be needing access to the amenities and services that can be found here.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Basse-Terre; it will be near other attractions like Aux Milles Fruits, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to The Bitasyon. It's not far from the shores at Anse de Sable, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse de Sable
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Aux Milles Fruits Fruit and Tree Nut Farm 0.3 W Basse-Terre
Moreau Falls Waterfall 2.3 W Basse-Terre
Distillerie Montebello Operating Distillery 4.2 NW Basse-Terre
Distillerie Montebello Tour Distillery 4.2 NW Basse-Terre
Karukera Distillery Operating Distillery 5.1 S Basse-Terre

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Pointe A Pitre, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Anse de Sable, Pointe A Pitre is found maybe eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may meet visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient choices have been displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Anse de Sable
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hôtel Fleur d’Epée 6.9 NNE Resort
Mahogany Hotel Residence 7.0 NE Resort
La Creole Beach Hotel 7.1 NE Hotel


There aren't any restaurants in the vicinity of this coast, so it would be a good idea to plan a picnic for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Basse-Terre has many nice beaches, so Anse de Sable is just one of your options.

Another location you might enjoy is Anse Sarlassone, located a quick car or cab ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Petit Bourg is just right. It's located three miles to the north-northwest.

You might also want to visit Anse Salee, which is located nine miles away.

You may find that Anse de Sable is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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