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 edge of the island of Grande-Terre, 4.6 miles east of Saint-Francois, You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Point Tarare stands out because it's the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in Guadeloupe may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Point Tarare, but are usually more crowded since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. Point Tarare has been a clothing-optional beach since 1964.

If you happen to go for coasts which grant a tranquil experience, then you will want to try Point Tarare; it's located within a less urban sector of Grande-Terre.

What's Nearby


Point Tarare is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the South East coast of Grande-Terre. Golf de St-Francois is one of the attractions close-by.

If you're intrigued by Guadeloupe's history, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For instance, nearby is Domaine de Zevallos, which is one of the closest places of historical significance in the area surrounding Point Tarare.

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 region of Grande-Terre to Point Tarare is Dubedou. This location is just six miles from the shore, which means it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. Dubedou is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent number of hotel rooms within driving distance. A few of the more convenient possibilities are seen in the table below.

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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Point Tarare; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Le Birdy is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has a menu featuring French food. The restaurant is not far away, so a quick car or cab ride is a good option.

Nearby restaurants are provided 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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Grande-Terre, so Point Tarare is just one of your options.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Anse Champagne, situated a short taxi ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Anse de la Gourde. You'll find it a half mile to the west-northwest.

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

Guadeloupe has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by Point Tarare is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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