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 should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. You will usually find quite a number of places to throw down a towel, since the area surrounding the beach is not stuffed with visitors.

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.

Restrooms are available at Bois Jolan. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Bois Jolan is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South coast of Grande-Terre; it will be near other attractions like Casino de la Marina, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

Historical attractions such as Domaine de Zevallos provide a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Bois Jolan, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Guadeloupe, without straying too far from the coastline.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest 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 section of Grande-Terre to Bois Jolan is Ste. Anne. This interesting part of Grande-Terre is just a mile from the beach, meaning it shouldn't take too long to make a visit. This section of Guadeloupe is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because this beach is in a fairly popular tourist destination, it is not usually very tough to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. If you are hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows the options closest to Bois Jolan.

Accommodations near Bois Jolan
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Village Club Sainte-Anne 0.1 mi. SW Resort
La Caravelle 0.9 mi. W Resort
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
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf -- -- Hotel
Résidence Les Boucaniers 6.8 mi. E Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf 6.9 mi. E Hotel


Although you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you're prepared to venture a little out of the way. One of the nearest restaurants is Eden Palm Restaurant, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

A few nearby dining options are included in the following table.

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

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach on Grande-Terre will have lots of options besides Bois Jolan.

Another location you may want to try is Pointe des Salines, located five miles to the west-southwest.

Guadeloupe offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Bois Jolan offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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