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.

Positioned on the island of Grande-Terre, 4.6 miles east of Saint-Francois, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. If you plan to sunbathe or take a nap on a fairly secluded beach, you should venture a little farther from the city, and a little closer to 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 here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface. Point Tarare has been a clothing-optional beach since 1964.

Point Tarare offers a calm and serene getaway, in part because the surrounding area is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the South East coast of Grande-Terre; the area is home to other attractions such as Golf de St-Francois, which is one of the closest attractions.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but many travelers find that museums like Le Maison du Crabe Museum (one of the closest to Point Tarare) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a new way to experience Guadeloupe's culture.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, 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 closest section of Grande-Terre to Point Tarare is Dubedou. This location is just six miles from the coast, which means a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This area in Guadeloupe is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Vacationers will find a pretty good selection of resort and hotel options to choose from in the area surrounding Point Tarare. The closest of which can be viewed 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
Le Golf Marine Hotel -- -- 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
Hotel Eden Palm -- -- Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Point Tarare; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Le Birdy is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has French cuisine. The restaurant is not very far off, so a short taxi ride is a good option.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown 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

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

Another location you might enjoy is Anse Champagne, located a short taxi ride away. On the other hand, Anse de la Gourde could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's found a half mile to the west-northwest.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Plage du Helleux, located five miles to the west.

Guadeloupe has a lot to offer its visitors, but a trip to Point Tarare could end up a family favorite.


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