Baie Sainte Marie

Baie Sante Marie is a natural bay tucked away on the eastern coast of Guadeloupe. Free of a lot of traffic, the beach is a good one for anyone looking for some privacy. Additionally, while not the roughest waters on the island, the waves here can get sizable, making water sports a fun option, as long as you bring the equipment yourself.

Positioned on the island of Grande-Terre, 2.6 miles northeast of Saint-Francois, You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying very close. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like Guadeloupe. While Baie Sainte Marie might be a little more trouble to reach, it allows you to relax without being bothered by the noise of the crowds.

How to Access The Beach
Getting to Baie Sainte Marie can be difficult. Those wishing to go will need to navigate a maze of dirt roads twisting through rural Guadeloupe and through the forest. An ATV, or at least a car capable of off-roading, is essential.

Amenities and Ambiance

Surrounded by a dense forest, the bay appears to be etched just slightly into the coast. Luckily, the forest cuts off pretty neatly, so there is little actual vegetation on the beach. With nothing in the immediate area, the beach is a quiet and free of many people.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Baie Sainte Marie brings guests an idyllic and peaceful retreat, thanks to the fact that the region surrounding the beach is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the South East coast of Grande-Terre; the area is home to other attractions such as Golf de St-Francois, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Guadeloupe, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Domaine de Zevallos, which is one of the closest historical attractions in the neighborhood of Baie Sainte Marie.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Baie Sainte Marie
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Golf de St-Francois Golf Course 2.0 SW Grande-Terre
Casino de la Marina Casino 2.6 SW Grande-Terre
Domaine de Zevallos Historical Site 4.3 WNW Grande-Terre
Le Maison du Crabe Museum Museum 7.9 WNW Grande-Terre
Musée Edgar Clerc Museum 8.0 NW Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The closest part on Grande-Terre to Baie Sainte Marie is Dubedou. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is only three and a half miles away, so you needn't use up an entire day here. Dubedou is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of lodgings within a car's reach. A list of the closest choices have been displayed in the table below.

Accommodations near Baie Sainte Marie
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Plantation Resort 1.7 mi. WSW Resort
Le Meridien La Cocoteraie -- -- Hotel
Golf Village Hotel 2.0 mi. WSW Resort
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf 2.2 mi. SW Hotel
Résidence Les Boucaniers 2.3 mi. SW Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf -- -- Hotel
Hôtel Club Manganao 3.9 mi. SW Resort
Hotel Amaudo 5.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Village De Sainte Anne 6.0 mi. WSW Hotel
Village Club Sainte-Anne 9.0 mi. WSW Resort

Food

When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the nearest places to eat is La Porte des Indes. The restaurant serves Indian cuisine.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown below.

Restaurants near Baie Sainte Marie
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Porte des Indes (059) 021-3087 Indian -- 1.9 mi. W
La Varangue (866) 559-3821 International Informal -- --
Le Birdy (059) 088-4187 French Fine Dining 2.0 mi. SW
Au Widdy’s (069) 030-7011 Creole Informal 2.2 mi. SW
Le Cosy (059) 083-1163 French Informal 2.3 mi. SW
L'O (059) 083-1621 French Informal 2.3 mi. SW
Le Mabouya dans la Bouteille (059) 021-3114 Mediterranean Informal 2.5 mi. SW
I.Pâtes (069) 074-1341 Italian Informal -- --
Iguane Café (059) 088-6137 African, Asian, Creole Informal -- --
L'Arobas (059) 088-7377 Creole Very Casual -- --
La Petite Crêperie (059) 090-2840 French Informal -- --
Le Métis Café (069) 053-8150 Caribbean, French Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Baie Sainte Marie doesn't suit their tastes.

Another location you might enjoy is Anse Champagne, situated just a short distance away. Others might prefer Anse Kanouanne, which could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other popular destinations. It's located one and a quarter miles to the south.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Plage du Helleux, located not a great distance away, meaning a quick ride in a taxi is a solid choice.

Guadeloupe has plenty to offer its visitors, and Baie Sainte Marie is just one of the many options.

 

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