Anse Pistolet

Between two rocky cliffs is a soft sandy beach known as Anse Pistolet. This beach, while a little far from the main tourist areas of Guadeloupe, is well known for its many activities. Rougher than average waves in some areas mean good fun for surfers and body-boarders, while calm lagoon like waters in other places make it great for wading.

Situated on the island of Grande-Terre, 3.5 miles northeast of Anse-Bertrand, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Anse Pistolet stands out because it's the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in Guadeloupe may be just as beautiful, but are usually more cramped since they're near some of the most popular hotels.

How to Access The Beach

The northern highway in East Guadeloupe, D-122 has several dirt roads that extend North that will help you reach Anse Pistolet. These roads, however, are inconsistent and often not maintained, so be sure to tread carefully and bring a vehicle that is made for rough roads.

Amenities and Ambiance

The long arching beach offers visitors plenty of room to spread out, while the wall of trees and cliffs give an exotic impression to the whole cove.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Anse Pistolet offers visitors an idyllic and tranquil experience, in part because the surrounding region is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North West coast of Grande-Terre; the area hosts attractions such as Beauport Pays de la Canne, which is a brief cab ride away.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Gratel, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Guadeloupe. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse Pistolet
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Beauport Pays de la Canne Historical Site 7.0 SW Grande-Terre
Gratel Museum 7.1 SW Grande-Terre
Le Parc Paysager de Petit Canal Park 8.5 S Grande-Terre
Monument to Liberty Monument 8.7 S Grande-Terre
Musée Edgar Clerc Museum 14.0 SE Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The closest part of Grande-Terre to Anse Pistolet is Pressec. This destination is only two and a half miles from the shore, meaning it shouldn't take too long to make a visit. This area of Guadeloupe is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Anse Pistolet is not located near many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.


Though the area surrounding Anse Pistolet isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you are willing to venture a little out of the way. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Le Château de Feuilles, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

Restaurants near Anse Pistolet
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Le Château de Feuilles (059) 022-3030 Creole, French 3.7 mi. SW Grande-Terre

Other Beaches

Grande-Terre has several beautiful beaches, so Anse Pistolet is not your only option.

You might also enjoy Arawak Beach, another place which offers ample opportunities to relax. Visitors to Guadeloupe will find Arawak Beach to be captivatingly beautiful with its tropical palms and protected waters. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Anse Fontaine is just right. You'll find it five miles to the south west.

You may also want to consider Anse Saint Jacques, located a mile and a half away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Guadeloupe, but Anse Pistolet is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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