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.

Located on the northern side of the island of Grande-Terre, 3.5 miles northeast of Anse-Bertrand, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Travelers in search of a tranquil, secluded setting should venture a little farther from the city, and a little closer to Anse Pistolet.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Anse Pistolet offers a calm and relaxing enclave, thanks to the fact that the region surrounding the beach is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Anse Pistolet on the North West coast of Grande-Terre; the area hosts attractions such as Beauport Pays de la Canne, which is not too far from this coast, and can be reached in a taxi.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Gratel. This museum is relatively near Anse Pistolet, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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 nearest region of Grande-Terre to Anse Pistolet is Pressec. This location is only two and a half miles away, which means it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. This part of Guadeloupe is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may meet visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.


While you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you're prepared to venture a little farther away. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Château de Feuilles, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

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

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 many beaches, and Anse Pistolet is just one option.

Another location you might enjoy is Arawak Beach, an additional spot which provides plenty of time for relaxation. Visitors to Guadeloupe will find Arawak Beach to be captivatingly beautiful with its tropical palms and protected waters. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Anse Fontaine is just right. It's located five miles to the south west.

You may also want to consider Anse Saint Jacques, located within a short distance.

Maybe Anse Pistolet is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Guadeloupe offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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