La Grande-Anse

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

Located on the northwestern coast of the island of Basse-Terre, close to Deshaies, You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Guadeloupe's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but you'll find La Grande-Anse to be a little calmer than most, making it just the right spot for vacationers who aren't fond of huge throngs of tourists.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach at La Grande-Anse is made up of calm blue waters and grand palm trees which create a wonderful exotic ambiance on this big beauteous beach. The sands at this beach slope steeply into the water, so take head when heading out to sea.The road leading to the southern end of the beach is long and very rocky and, although the rocks are small, be prepared for a bumpy ride. The road to the north, in contrast, is considerably shorter.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. On the opposite side of the great tourist area on Guadeloupe, La Grande-Anse Beach is not as developed, and therefore it is also never as crowded.

La Grande-Anse brings guests an idyllic and tranquil enclave, thanks to the fact that the region surrounding the beach contains little build-up and is free of urbanization.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find La Grande-Anse on the North coast of Basse-Terre. It's located near Notre Dame des Larmes, which is among the favorite local destinations.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ecomusée CréoleArt. This museum is relatively near La Grande-Anse, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near La Grande-Anse
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Notre Dame des Larmes Historical Site 0.9 E Basse-Terre
Jardin Botanique de Deshaies Botanical Garden 1.5 SSW Basse-Terre
Ecomusée CréoleArt Museum 4.7 ESE Basse-Terre
Parc Aquacole de Guadeloupe Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.8 SSW Basse-Terre
Jardin Créole Botanical Garden 5.5 E Basse-Terre

Cities and Towns

The closest part on Basse-Terre to La Grande-Anse is Cafeiere. This friendly part of Basse-Terre is only a mile from the beach, so it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. Cafeiere is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers will find a fairly good variety of accommodation options to choose from in the area surrounding La Grande-Anse. The closest of which are shown below.

Accommodations near La Grande-Anse
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Caraib Bay Hotel 0.4 mi. SE Lodge
Tendacayou 1.1 mi. S Lodge
Caraibes Royal 1.7 mi. NNE Hotel
Langley Resort Hotel Fort Royal 1.9 mi. NNE Hotel
Le Rayon Vert 3.0 mi. SSW Hotel
The African Regent Hotel 4.6 mi. E Cottages
Le Domaine du Rocher Noire 9.5 mi. S Cottages


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to visit an area restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, within a reachable distance. One of the nearest places to eat is Le Karacoli. The restaurant serves delicious Creole food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood. A major perk of this restaurant is that it's only a short walk away.

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

Restaurants near La Grande-Anse
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Karacoli (059) 028-4117 Creole Very Casual 0.0 mi. N
La Table du Poisson Rouge (059) 022-6050 French Informal 1.0 mi. S
Le Banana’s (069) 057-2740 Creole Very Casual -- --
La Savane (059) 091-3958 American, French Informal 1.0 mi. S
Le Coin des Pecheurs (059) 028-4775 Creole Very Casual 1.0 mi. S
Le Mahina (059) 088-9538 Creole Very Casual 1.0 mi. S
L’Amer (059) 068-3030 Creole Very Casual 1.0 mi. S
Passion Créole (059) 091-8175 Creole Very Casual 1.0 mi. S
Pizzeria Gwada'Yolo (059) 083-4337 Italian Very Casual 1.0 mi. S
The Red Fish (059) 028-4272 Caribbean, French Informal 1.1 mi. S
Le Boobooj’s -- Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. NNE
Le Rayon Vert (059) 028-4323 Creole -- 3.0 mi. SSW

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on Basse-Terre you might like besides La Grande-Anse.

You may also want to consider Anse Riffiet, located less than a mile away.

You may find that La Grande-Anse is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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