Point Tarare

This clothing-optional beach can only be reached after a short and easy hike. At the top of the trail, a small cafe serves cool drinks and light snacks in the shade for guests.

Located on the eastern side of the island of Grande-Terre, 4.6 miles east of Saint-Francois, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. When you need to spend the afternoon away from tourist-filled hotspots, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit Point Tarare.

Amenities and Ambiance

The shores of Point Tarare are some of the most pristine on the island, but you won't find any shade at this sandy hot spot. Located about 45 minutes from from Gosier, this beach has a tranquil atmosphere ideal for some relaxing sun bathing.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. Point Tarare has been a clothing-optional beach since 1964.

If you happen to choose shores that grant a peaceful environment, then you will want to try Point Tarare; it is hidden away within a much quieter area of Grande-Terre.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South East coast of Grande-Terre. It is near Golf de St-Francois, which is one of a few popular spots in the area.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Guadeloupe, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Domaine de Zevallos, which is one of the closest destinations of historical interest near Point Tarare.

If a visit to the Point Tarare isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Point Tarare
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Golf de St-Francois Golf Course 3.9 W Grande-Terre
Casino de la Marina Casino 4.6 W Grande-Terre
Domaine de Zevallos Historical Site 6.9 WNW Grande-Terre
Terre-de-Bas Lighthouse Lighthouse 8.8 SE None
Le Maison du Crabe Museum Museum 10.6 WNW Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The nearest part of Grande-Terre to Point Tarare is Dubedou. This location is only six miles away, so a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. Dubedou is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may encounter visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings within driving distance. Some of the closest choices are displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Point Tarare
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Plantation Resort 4.0 mi. W Resort
Le Meridien La Cocoteraie -- -- Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf 4.1 mi. W Hotel
Golf Village Hotel 4.1 mi. W Resort
Résidence Les Boucaniers 4.2 mi. W Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf -- -- Hotel
Hôtel Club Manganao 5.8 mi. W Resort
Hotel Amaudo 7.6 mi. W Hotel
Village De Sainte Anne 8.0 mi. W Hotel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Le Birdy is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has a menu featuring French food. The restaurant is not far away, so a short taxi ride will get you there hassle-free.

Nearby restaurants are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Point Tarare
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Birdy (059) 088-4187 French Fine Dining 3.9 mi. W
Au Widdy’s (069) 030-7011 Creole Informal 4.0 mi. W
La Varangue (866) 559-3821 International Informal -- --
Le Cosy (059) 083-1163 French Informal 4.1 mi. W
L'O (059) 083-1621 French Informal 4.1 mi. W
La Porte des Indes (059) 021-3087 Indian -- 4.2 mi. W
Le Mabouya dans la Bouteille (059) 021-3114 Mediterranean Informal 4.3 mi. W
I.Pâtes (069) 074-1341 Italian Informal -- --
Iguane Café (059) 088-6137 African, Asian, Creole Informal -- --
L'Arobas (059) 088-7377 Creole Very Casual -- --
La Petite Crêperie (059) 090-2840 French Informal -- --
Le Métis Café (069) 053-8150 Caribbean, French Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach on Grande-Terre will have lots of options besides Point Tarare.

You might also enjoy Anse Champagne, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Anse de la Gourde. It's found a half mile to the west-northwest.

Another location you may want to try is Plage du Helleux, which is located five miles away.

Guadeloupe has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Point Tarare or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Guadeloupe even more memorable.


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