Anse des Chateaux

Located on a long point, Anse des Chateaux is the easternmost beach on mainland Guadeloupe. Its unique location means that even with its small cove, the beach is bombarded by high winds and waters rougher than most on the island; making it top spot for surfers on the island.

Situated on the island of Grande-Terre, 6.7 miles east of Saint-Francois, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. It's often said that Anse des Chateaux is the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in Guadeloupe may provide just as many amenities as Anse des Chateaux, but tend to be more crowded since they're near some of the most popular hotels.

How to Access The Beach
The Highway D-118 actually ends at the beach, and is the best way to get there. If you drive yourself, there is ample parking. Just be sure to bring your own food and drinks, you will not find much here nor in the surrounding area.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach is clear of any amenities or vegetation, making it not much more than a stretch of sand. As you head out into the ocean, you'll be faced with waves and choppy waters that are fun to swim in. However, this is not a beach to swim too far out in, as it is not too far from open seas and currents can be dangerous.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here.

Visitors who plan to use the amenities extended here need not worry; Anse des Chateaux happens to be situated in an area which is not as popular among tourist. Taking that into consideration, pay little attention what part of the day you decide to come, since there's a minimal possibility you'll be required to race with any other guests who might need access to the conveniences that are there.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South East coast of Grande-Terre. Golf de St-Francois is one of a few attractions in the region.

Historical attractions like Domaine de Zevallos offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Anse des Chateaux, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Guadeloupe's past, without straying too far from the coastline.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse des Chateaux
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Golf de St-Francois Golf Course 6.0 W Grande-Terre
Casino de la Marina Casino 6.7 W Grande-Terre
Terre-de-Bas Lighthouse Lighthouse 6.9 SE None
Domaine de Zevallos Historical Site 9.0 WNW Grande-Terre
Le Maison du Crabe Museum Museum 12.7 WNW Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The nearest section on Grande-Terre to Anse des Chateaux is Dubedou. This destination is just eight miles from the shore, so it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. Dubedou is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand 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 nearby, but it's often visited by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent number of hotels within a car's reach. Some of the closest options are seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Anse des Chateaux
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf 6.1 W Hotel
Le Meridien La Cocoteraie 6.1 W Hotel
La Plantation Resort 6.1 W Resort

Food

You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat near this coast, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Anse des Chateaux.

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, Degrat could provide more action, and isn't far from other popular destinations. You'll find it a quarter mile to the south-southwest.

You may also want to consider Plage du Helleux, located within the range of a cab.

Perhaps Anse des Chateaux is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.

 

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