Anse du Vieux Fort

Located all the way to the north of West Guadeloupe, Anse du Vieux Fort offers a compromise between a tourist hot-spot and a secluded beach. While popular, Anse du Vieux Fort is in a more residential and more quiet part of the island, and the mood definitely passes over to the beach, where visitors come for a nice stroll, refreshing swim, or a warm nap on the sand.

Located on the northern edge of the island of Basse-Terre, 1.3 miles west of Plessis Nogent, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just another pleasant piece of the coast, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Guadeloupe. While Anse du Vieux Fort might be a little harder to reach, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

How to Access The Beach
The north coastal highway of N-2 has an left turn you can take right before entering Plessis Nogent that will take you to Anse de Vieux Fort.

Amenities and Ambiance

The waves at Anse du Vieux Fort are a bit more rough than other beaches in Guadeloupe, which has helped pound the sand into the smooth flat surface it is today, making it a great place for a walk. Further, while the road is right off the main road, it is protected by a wall of trees that help block out views and noises of civilization. So other than the few amenity offering buildings on the beach, Anse du Vieux Fort has the appearance of a private, natural beach.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. There are a lot of dining experiences to be had in Guadeloupe, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Guadeloupe's famous street food along the way.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere.

This beach does have its own picnic facilities, making dining here even less of a hassle.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Anse du Vieux Fort because there are public restrooms. It's also good to know that you will have access to chairs and umbrellas, so guests hoping for some respite from the sun will not be disappointed. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to see the underwater world.

One of the more serene beaches, Anse du Vieux Fort and its choice of amenities are a hit among tourists that that are looking to spend some time away from the crowded beaches, since it happens to be hiding in a laid-back area. Thus sweating to locate an open comfort at Anse du Vieux Fort is not a thing you will have to do very often, despite what time of the day you get there.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Travelers will find Anse du Vieux Fort on the North coast of Basse-Terre. It is near some interesting sites like Notre Dame des Larmes, which is among the attractions in the vicinity.

If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Ecomusée CréoleArt, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse du Vieux Fort
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Notre Dame des Larmes Historical Site 2.6 SW Basse-Terre
Jardin Créole Botanical Garden 3.6 ESE Basse-Terre
Ecomusée CréoleArt Museum 4.2 SSE Basse-Terre
Jardin Botanique de Deshaies Botanical Garden 4.4 SW Basse-Terre
Distillerie Reimonenq Operating Distillery 4.9 SE Basse-Terre

Cities and Towns

The nearest region on Basse-Terre to Anse du Vieux Fort is Plessis Nogent. This location is just one and a quarter miles from the beach, which means it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. Plessis Nogent is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Visitors will find a pretty nice assortment of accommodation options to pick from in the area that encircles Anse du Vieux Fort. The most accessible of which can be seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Anse du Vieux Fort
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Langley Resort Hotel Fort Royal 1.7 mi. W Hotel
Caraibes Royal 1.7 mi. W Hotel
The African Regent Hotel 2.3 mi. ESE Cottages
Caraib Bay Hotel 3.2 mi. SW Lodge
Tendacayou 3.9 mi. SW Lodge
Le Rayon Vert 5.9 mi. SW Hotel

Food

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Anse du Vieux Fort; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest restaurants is Le Boobooj’s. The restaurant has Caribbean cuisine. Many guests rave about their salads.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Anse du Vieux Fort
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Boobooj’s -- Caribbean Very Casual 2.1 mi. WSW
Green Kafé (059) 021-4034 Creole Very Casual 3.1 mi. SW
Koté Lagon (069) 097-3743 Creole Very Casual 3.1 mi. SW
Le Karacoli (059) 028-4117 Creole Very Casual 3.1 mi. SW
The Red Fish (059) 028-4272 Caribbean, French Informal 3.9 mi. SW
La Table du Poisson Rouge (059) 022-6050 French Informal 4.0 mi. SW
Le Banana’s (069) 057-2740 Creole Very Casual -- --
La Savane (059) 091-3958 American, French Informal 4.0 mi. SW
Le Coin des Pecheurs (059) 028-4775 Creole Very Casual 4.0 mi. SW
Le Mahina (059) 088-9538 Creole Very Casual 4.0 mi. SW
L’Amer (059) 068-3030 Creole Very Casual 4.0 mi. SW
Passion Créole (059) 091-8175 Creole Very Casual 4.0 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Basse-Terre, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also enjoy Bas-du-Fort, situated 19 miles away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might enjoy people watching at La Plage de Cluny. It's found three quarters of a mile to the northeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit Ane des Lles, located a quarter mile away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Guadeloupe, and Anse du Vieux Fort is just one of the many options.

 

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