Anse Saint Jacques

This long cove cuts into Guadeloupe as if it were trying to form a river, in a feature that locals call Porte d'Enfer, or Gate of Hell. With a long journey for the water before finally making it back into open water, Anse Saint Jacques makes a perfect place for enjoying calm waters.

Located on the island of Grande-Terre, 4.4 miles east of Anse-Bertrand, You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. A surprisingly wide range of visitors end up loving Anse Saint Jacques; it's not too far off the beaten path, plus it's rarely crowded. If you want to avoid Guadeloupe's highly secluded beaches, but don't want to be inundated with noisy crowds, this beach is right in the middle.

How to Access The Beach

If visitors take D-122 towards the Northeast coast, they are sure to find the Porte d'Enfer formation. Once the cove is found, the beach is just a manner of following the water.

Amenities and Ambiance

The physical geography of the cove is truly unique. The cliffs make a long but narrow path to the ocean that makes for a one of a kind photograph opportunity.

Consider using this beach's picnic tables, which are perfect for setting up your carry-out food, or just lounging under the sun.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Anse Saint Jacques. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

Beach-goers who hope to enjoy the amenities provided here shouldn't worry; Anse Saint Jacques is found in an area which is not often visited by crowds. As such, the availability of certain amenities shouldn't be negatively affected.

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. It is near Beauport Pays de la Canne, which is just a cab ride away, and it is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Gratel, one of the closest museums, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Anse Saint Jacques
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Beauport Pays de la Canne Historical Site 7.0 SW Grande-Terre
Gratel Museum 7.3 SW Grande-Terre
Le Parc Paysager de Petit Canal Park 8.0 SSW Grande-Terre
Monument to Liberty Monument 8.0 SSW Grande-Terre
Musée Edgar Clerc Museum 12.3 SE Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The nearest area of Grande-Terre to Anse Saint Jacques is Massioux. This interesting part of Grande-Terre is just two miles from the beach, which means it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. This area of Guadeloupe is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's often visited by visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.


While this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you are prepared to venture a little out of the way. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Château de Feuilles, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Anse Saint Jacques
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Le Château de Feuilles (059) 022-3030 Creole, French 4.6 mi. W Grande-Terre

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on Grande-Terre besides Anse Saint Jacques.

Vacationers may also want to visit Anse Laborde, which is located reasonably close-by, so a short cab ride can take you where you want to go. Surf enthusiasts and experienced locals enjoy the tumultuous surf at Anse Laborde.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Guadeloupe, and Anse Saint Jacques is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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