Beaches in Guadeloupe

Adorned by stunning sands and crystalline waters, Guadeloupe is home to some amazing beaches

 

Many travelers will tell you the beaches are the main reason they visit the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

...find perfect surf and sand almost everywhere...

 

The area's coastline is bordered by warm, turquoise-blue waters, and many of its shores are shaded by majestic, lush palm trees. Here, the trade winds blow softly, providing cooling breezes against the balmy tropical weather of the region. The country of Guadeloupe is truly a beach connoisseur's dream come true. Proving the beauty of the beaches on the island, Guadeloupe's Plage de la Malendure was voted as one of the "Top 10 Beaches We Love" by the Weather Channel in 2011.

Exploring the Coast

The sands of Guadeloupe's beaches range from exotic ebony to dazzling white. Some shores, like those found on the island's leeward side, boast golden brown sands, while others have pebbly shores edged by green grass near the mangroves. Towering cliffs stand like fervent watchmen along west-end beaches, and the shallow waters, where fishermen frequent, are home to gorgeous coral formations that are teeming with fascinating marine life. The beaches at Salako are wonderfully sandy and have lush palm trees that provide refreshing shade from the island sun. So whether you're visiting the beaches on the island's Atlantic coast, where big waves crash against superb sands, or the black sands of Basse Terre, all of Guadeloupe's beaches share two commonalities: the same crystal-clear waters and their charming beauty, which makes this country's coastline a one-of-a-kind destination for your next Caribbean retreat.

On the southern shores of Grand-Terre, the beaches face the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, which are warmer and generally calmer than those of the Atlantic, particularly in the sheltered water of the lagoons. West of Basse Terre, you'll find a cornucopia of beaches, where the sands are like sugar in the south, and gradually get darker as you travel to the north point. Heading east of Basse Terre, the beaches get more sporadic and scattered.

There are both natural as well as man-made beaches on the island, the majority of which are open to the public. Guadeloupe's public beaches are free, but vacationers may have to pay a fee for parking at some of the beach lots. The facilities at the island's free beaches, unlike the hotel beaches, are limited. So, you might not have the luxuries of changing and shower areas. If your beach doesn't offer the facilities you need for your afternoon beach outing, check with neighboring hotels or resorts, who generally welcome non-guests to rent their facilities, such as beach towels and chairs, for a small charge.

A lot of hotel beaches are man-made, especially at Bas du Fort. Hotel beaches offer vacationers a chance to enjoy plenty of beach activities, and many of these resort-beaches are built directly into the sea. So you can partake in aquatic activities like snorkeling, diving, wind surfing, and much more. And while you're making a splash in these warm salty waters, you'll find that a lot of beaches on Guadeloupe have sheltered waters, making it possible for safe, casual swimming. Although the waters along Guadeloupe's beaches are generally safe, beachgoers should always be cautious while swimming at sea.

The Area's Beaches

You will discover several beaches to consider visiting in the area. Whether you prefer being around other people, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you can find a beach that appeals to you. For more detail concerning a single beach you can click on the names of the ones you are interested in.

La Desirade Beach

La Grande-Anse: La Grande-Anse is a beach of rough seas which isn't ideal for leisure swimming, but excellent for body surfing.

A second alternative for beach-goers to consider is Anse de St-Anne. Travelers will not even have to leave the city to reach the beach; all they have to do is drive (or walk) south. Drivers will be able to choose from a variety of parking options.

Creole Beach: There is a water sports center on-site, so Creole Beach's visitors can enjoy an array of activities in and on the surf, as well as traditional swimming and sunbathing. The Creole Beach Hotel bar provides tasty drinks to cool guests down on hot days.

Check this table if you want more information.

Beaches In Guadeloupe
Name Location Island Coast
Ane des Lles 1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Plessis Nogent Basse-Terre North
Anse Accul Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South
Anse Bertrand 0.4 mi. West of Central Anse-Bertrand Grande-Terre North West
Anse Canot 1.5 mi. North of Central Saint Louis Marie-Galante North West
Anse Chalet 0.6 mi. North of Central Saint Louis Marie-Galante West
Anse Champagne 0.9 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre South East
Anse Crawen 1.3 mi. East of Central Grand Anse Terre-de-Haut West
Anse Devant 1.7 mi. East of Central Grand Anse Terre-de-Haut West
Anse Duquery 6.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre South East
Anse Feuillard 8.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante East
Anse Fontaine 1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Anse-Bertrand Grande-Terre North West
Anse Kanouanne 2.0 mi. East of Central downtown St. Francois Grande-Terre South East
Anse Laborde 1.0 mi. North of Central Anse-Bertrand Grande-Terre North West
Anse Lavolvaine 2.3 mi. South West of Central Anse-Bertrand Grande-Terre North West
Anse Loquet 2.0 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre South East
Anse Pistolet 3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Anse-Bertrand Grande-Terre North West
Anse Riffiet 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre North
Anse Rodrigue 2.9 mi. East of Central Grand Anse Terre-de-Haut South East
Anse Saint Jacques 4.4 mi. East of Central Anse-Bertrand Grande-Terre North West
Anse Salee 4.0 mi. South West of Central Capesterre Basse-Terre South East
Anse Sarlassone 0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Capesterre Basse-Terre South East
Anse St Sauveur 2.8 mi. South West of Central Capesterre Basse-Terre South East
Anse Taliseronde 8.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante East
Anse Tillet 1.8 mi. North of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre North
Anse Vinaigri The vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
Anse Vinty 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Plessis Nogent Basse-Terre North
Anse a l'Eau 3.6 mi. North of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre South East
Anse al Jacques Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
Anse al'Ecu 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Gros Cap Grande-Terre North West
Anse de Mays 0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Saint Louis Marie-Galante West
Anse de Nogent 0.3 mi. North of Central Plessis Nogent Basse-Terre North
Anse de Sable 5.4 mi. North of Central Capesterre Basse-Terre East
Anse de St-Anne Ste. Anne, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South
Anse de l'Eglise 3.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Saint Louis Marie-Galante North
Anse de la Gourde 3.9 mi. East of Central downtown St. Francois Grande-Terre South East
Anse des Chateaux 6.7 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre South East
Anse des Muriers 0.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Grand Anse Terre-de-Bas East
Anse du Belley Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South
Anse du Grand Bas Vent 1.7 mi. North of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre North
Anse du Grand Marigot 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Capesterre Basse-Terre South East
Anse du Mont The vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
Anse du Petit Bas Vent 1.6 mi. North of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre North
Anse du Souffleur 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Port-Louis Grande-Terre North West
Anse du Vieux Fort 1.3 mi. West of Central Plessis Nogent Basse-Terre North
Arawak Beach 0.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Le Moule Grande-Terre South East
Baie Sainte Marie 2.6 mi. Northeast of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre South East
Bas-du-Fort The vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
Bois Jolan Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South
Callinago Beach Gosier, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
Creole Beach The vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
Degrat Grande-Terre Grande-Terre South East
Grande Anse 0.4 mi. East of Central Terre-de-Haut Terre-de-Haut East
Ilet a Cochons 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Pointe A Pitre Grande-Terre South West
Ilet du Gosier Gosier, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
La Coche 2.5 mi. South West of Central Terre-de-Haut La Coche North West
La Desirade Beach 2.3 mi. South West of Central Desirade Island Desirade Island South West
La Grande-Anse 1.7 mi. South West of Central Deshaies Basse-Terre North
La Plage de Cluny 2.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Deshaies Basse-Terre North
La Porte d'Enfer 1.6 mi. North of Central Dubedou Grande-Terre East
Le Moule 0.7 mi. East of Central Le Moule Grande-Terre South East
Les Pompierres 0.8 mi. North of Central Terre-de-Haut Terre-de-Haut North
Petit Bourg Basse-Terre Basse-Terre East
Petite Havre The vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South
Petite-Anse 4.5 mi. Southeast of Central Marie-Galante Marie-Galante South East
Plage Caravelle Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
Plage Leroux 4.0 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre North West
Plage de Folle Anse 2.1 mi. South West of Central Saint Louis Marie-Galante West
Plage de la Malendure 1.7 mi. South of Central Mahaut Basse-Terre North
Plage des Amandiers 0.6 mi. East of Central Plessis Nogent Basse-Terre North
Plage des Caraibes 1.3 mi. North of Central Mahaut Basse-Terre North
Plage du Helleux Saint-Francois, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South East
Point Tarare 4.6 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre South East
Point du Nord 2.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Desirade Island Desirade Island East
Pointe des Salines Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South
Pont-Pierre Beach 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Terre-de-Haut Terre-de-Haut North East
Raisins Clairs 0.3 mi. South West of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre South
Salako Beach Gosier, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre South West
Terre-de-Haut 11.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Saint-Francois -- North West

If you are looking for a wider variety of attractions beyond this category, you should find others. You can read this extended discussion which is all about even more attractions if you're interested in learning some more details.

Guadeloupe has so many beaches along its shores, you'll find perfect surf and sand almost everywhere you go on the island. 

 

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