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.

Located just outside the heart of 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 to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities should pay a visit to Bois Jolan. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it's not totally secluded either.

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. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South coast of Grande-Terre. It's located near Casino de la Marina, which is among the popular spots in the area.

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 places of historical significance in the neighborhood of Bois Jolan.

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 nearest section on Grande-Terre to Bois Jolan is Ste. Anne. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is only a mile from the coast, which means a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. This region in Guadeloupe is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a fairly popular vacation area, it typically isn't much of a challenge to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. For those looking to find a place that's near the beach, the table below lists the accommodations 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 the area surrounding Bois Jolan isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you are willing to venture a little farther away. Eden Palm Restaurant is one of the closest eateries, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Bois Jolan on Grande-Terre.

Vacationers may also want to visit Pointe des Salines, located reasonably close-by, meaning a quick ride in a taxi will get you here pretty easily.

Guadeloupe has a lot to offer its visitors, but Bois Jolan is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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