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 island of Basse-Terre, 1.3 miles west of Plessis Nogent, You might want whether or not you are staying nearby. This beach isn't just another pleasant afternoon distraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Guadeloupe. While Anse du Vieux Fort may be a little bit out of the way, visiting this beach instead of a more crowded one could make your experience less stressful.

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.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Anse du Vieux Fort at all, it's worth a try. Each country in the Caribbean has its own style of cuisine, and Guadeloupe is no different. One of the most convenient, and relaxing spots to enjoy the local fare is right next to the coast. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Guadeloupe's famous street food along the way.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option.

Travelers can take advantage of the available picnic tables, which are great for lunches or as a home base for your belongings.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Anse du Vieux Fort. You will also be pleased to find umbrellas and chairs, so visitors hoping for a break from the hot sun will not be disappointed. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

Off the beaten path, Anse du Vieux Fort plus its availability of amenities and services are likely to be a hit among visitors that that are looking to enjoy some time free of the busy beaches and crowded shores as it is located inside a peaceful part of Guadeloupe. Because of this, don't fret about what time you visit, since there is very little chance that you have to deal with the hassle of other beach-goers who might need access to the conveniences that are available.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Anse du Vieux Fort is on the North coast of Basse-Terre. It's located near Notre Dame des Larmes, which is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Ecomusée CréoleArt (one of the closest to Anse du Vieux Fort) offer an entertaining diversion and help share a different side of Guadeloupe.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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 closest region of Basse-Terre to Anse du Vieux Fort is Plessis Nogent. This location is just one and a quarter miles from the beach, meaning a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. Plessis Nogent is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient options are 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

If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Le Boobooj’s. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean food. They have become well-known, however, because of their salads.

A few nearby dining options are listed in the following table.

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, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Basse-Terre, so Anse du Vieux Fort is not your only option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Bas-du-Fort, found 19 miles to the southeast. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that La Plage de Cluny is just right. It's located three quarters of a mile to the northeast.

Another location you may want to try is Ane des Lles, which is located a quarter mile away.

There's plenty to see and do in Guadeloupe, and dropping by Anse du Vieux Fort is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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