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.

Located on the eastern coast of the island of Grande-Terre, 2.6 miles northeast of Saint-Francois, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. It's often said that Baie Sainte Marie is perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Most other beaches in Guadeloupe may be just as beautiful, but are usually more cramped because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

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, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You'll find the waters off-shore to be fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

If you happen to prefer beach days that provide a calm environment, then think about trying out Baie Sainte Marie; it is located in a more natural section of Grande-Terre.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Baie Sainte Marie on the South East coast of Grande-Terre; it's located near attractions like Golf de St-Francois, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you want to learn more about the history of Guadeloupe, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Domaine de Zevallos, which is one of the closest historical attractions to Baie Sainte Marie.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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 nearest region of Grande-Terre to Baie Sainte Marie is Dubedou. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is just three and a half miles from the shore, meaning it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. Dubedou is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

There is a fairly wide assortment of resort and hotel options to choose from in the area surrounding Baie Sainte Marie. The most convenient of which are listed 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

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Baie Sainte Marie; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is La Porte des Indes. The restaurant offers a menu of Indian cuisine.

The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

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 who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Baie Sainte Marie.

Another location you might enjoy is Anse Champagne, located only a short distance away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Anse Kanouanne could provide more action, and is closer to other popular destinations. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the south.

You might also want to visit Plage du Helleux, located three miles away.

While Guadeloupe has many alluring attractions, Baie Sainte Marie is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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