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 should think about stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. A surprisingly wide range of visitors end up loving Anse Saint Jacques; it's not too far off the beaten path, plus it's never really too crowded. If you want to avoid Guadeloupe's highly secluded beaches, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, this beach might be the perfect spot to spend a few hours.

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.

Whether you're eating lunch or just a snack at, you'll appreciate the available picnic tables.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

the area surrounding Anse Saint Jacques is not exactly a tourism capital. Thus struggling to obtain an unoccupied amenity or service while at the beach is not something you will be forced to do regularly, no matter what time it is.

What's Nearby


Set on the North West coast of Grande-Terre; the area is home to other attractions such as Beauport Pays de la Canne, which is seven miles to the south west.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Gratel (one of the closest to Anse Saint Jacques) offer an entertaining diversion 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 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 section of Grande-Terre to Anse Saint Jacques is Massioux. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is just two miles from the coast, so a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. Massioux is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Anse Saint Jacques is not located near many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller lodgings in the area.


Though this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you're willing to drive or bike a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Château de Feuilles, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

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

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Anse Saint Jacques doesn't suit their tastes.

You may also want to consider Anse Laborde, located four miles to the west. 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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