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 coast of the island of Basse-Terre, 1.3 miles west of Plessis Nogent, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in Guadeloupe. While Anse du Vieux Fort may be a little more trouble to reach, it allows you to relax without being bothered by the noise of the crowds.

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.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around Guadeloupe, but did you know that some of Guadeloupe's best dishes aren't served in restaurants at all? Many visitors, in fact, would sooner enjoy lunch on the sand, than lunch at a full-service restaurant. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

There is also a concession stand available.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

Anse du Vieux Fort does have public restrooms for your convenience. Additionally, you will have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors looking for some respite from the sun will not be disappointed. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

One of the more serene beaches, Anse du Vieux Fort plus its available conveniences will most likely be a popular choice for anyone hoping to spend some time away from the busy beaches, as it is hiding within a laid-back part of Guadeloupe. With that fact in mind, sweating to obtain an unoccupied amenity or service here is not a scenario that you will have to do when coming to the beach, no matter what time of the day you get there.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on the North coast of Basse-Terre. It is near Notre Dame des Larmes, which is one of the attractions in the vicinity.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but many travelers find that museums like Ecomusée CréoleArt (one of the closest to Anse du Vieux Fort) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new side of Guadeloupe's history.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. 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 closest region on Basse-Terre to Anse du Vieux Fort is Plessis Nogent. This friendly part of Basse-Terre is only one and a quarter miles from the beach, so you needn't use up an entire day here. This part of Guadeloupe is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Though there aren't many places to stay nearby, the closest ones are shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Anse du Vieux Fort
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Langley Resort Hotel Fort Royal 1.7 W Hotel
La Sucrerie Du Comte 2.3 ESE Cottages
Caraib Bay Hotel 3.2 SW Lodge

Food

If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Le Boobooj’s. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their salads.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

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
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
Pizzeria Gwada'Yolo (059) 083-4337 Italian Very Casual 4.0 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach on Basse-Terre will have lots of options besides Anse du Vieux Fort.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Bas-du-Fort, situated 19 miles away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, La Plage de Cluny may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it three quarters of a mile to the northeast.

Travelers may also want to consider Ane des Lles, which is located within a short distance.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Guadeloupe, and dropping by Anse du Vieux Fort is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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