Bois Jolan

If you prefer the rustic nature of a natural beach not shaped by resorts and crowds, this is the beach for you. Protected by a barrier reef, the waters are calm, while the shore remains quiet and rugged during the week. Locals like this beach, so it can be crowded on weekends.

Positioned on the island of Grande-Terre, 1.0 mile east-northeast of Ste. Anne, Bois Jolan is on the South coast of the island, You might want regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. If there's one beach that appeals to a large rage of visitors, it's Bois Jolan, since it's fun and active, but not usually over-crowded. If you need more activity than you'll find on Guadeloupe's quiet, secluded beaches, dut don't want to be overwhelmed by crowds of hotel guests, Bois Jolan is worth a visit.

How to Access The Beach

If you travel east of Downtown Sainte-Anne there will be a roundabout on the national road, then follow the paved road until you reach the dirt road. Two parking lots lead to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Deep blue waters wash ashore these dark brown shores, which are lined by palm trees and brush.

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 equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South coast of Grande-Terre; the area is home to other attractions such as Casino de la Marina, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Le Maison du Crabe Museum, one of the closest museums, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Bois Jolan
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casino de la Marina Casino 6.4 E Grande-Terre
Rhum Damoiseau Tour Distillery 6.8 N Grande-Terre
Rhums Damoiseau Operating Distillery 6.8 N Grande-Terre
Domaine de Zevallos Historical Site 6.9 NE Grande-Terre
Le Maison du Crabe Museum Museum 7.0 N Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The closest region of Grande-Terre to Bois Jolan is Ste. Anne. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is just a mile from the beach, which means it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. This region of Guadeloupe is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers trying to find a room close to the beach shouldn't find it very tough, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You will find the closest hotel booking options by viewing those shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Bois Jolan
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Village Club Sainte-Anne 0.1 mi. SW Resort
Club Med - La Caravelle 0.9 mi. W Resort
Hotel Eden Palm -- -- Hotel
La Toubana Hotel Spa 2.3 mi. WSW Resort
Village De Sainte Anne 2.9 mi. E Hotel
Hotel Amaudo 3.4 mi. E Hotel
Hôtel Petit Havre 3.9 mi. WSW Hotel
Hôtel Club Manganao 5.2 mi. E Resort
Le Golf Marine Hotel -- -- Hotel
Résidence Les Boucaniers 6.8 mi. E Hotel


Although this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you're prepared to drive or bike a few miles. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Eden Palm Restaurant, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Bois Jolan
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Eden Palm Restaurant (33) 05 90 88 48 48 Creole, French Informal -- --
Le Grand bleu 59 5 90 88 25 78 Creole, French Informal 2.3 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Grande-Terre, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You may also enjoy Pointe des Salines, located five miles away.

Of course, Guadeloupe has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but taking a swim at Bois Jolan is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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