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 want to drop by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Those planning on making a stop at this beach will be able to escape the city's bustle without having to wander too far from civilization.

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.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Anse Saint Jacques. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

the area right around Anse Saint Jacques is not exactly a tourism capital. Taking that into consideration, sweating to find an unoccupied comfort at the beach is not a scenario that you will have to go through very often, despite what the time is when you get there.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Grande-Terre. It is close to Beauport Pays de la Canne, which is seen seven miles away, and it is one of the the area's interesting attractions.

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 a fun learning experience and help share a different side of Guadeloupe.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be 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 closest region of Grande-Terre to Anse Saint Jacques is Massioux. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is only two miles from the coast, which means it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. Massioux is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.


Although this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you're prepared to venture a little out of the way. Le Château de Feuilles is one of the closest eateries, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

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

There are other beaches on Grande-Terre you might like besides Anse Saint Jacques.

You may also enjoy Anse Laborde, located not too far away, which means a short cab ride is a solid choice. Surf enthusiasts and experienced locals enjoy the tumultuous surf at Anse Laborde.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Guadeloupe; then again, a trip to Anse Saint Jacques could end up a family favorite.


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