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 regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Do you dream of finding a beach tucked into an untouched part of town? Many visitors seek a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; less popular beaches like Point Tarare allow you much more room to spread out and feel comfortable.

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, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. Point Tarare has been a clothing-optional beach since 1964.

Point Tarare offers a calm and peaceful experience, due to the fact that the region surrounding the beach is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach 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.

If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Musée Edgar Clerc, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The closest attractions are found 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
Domaine de Zevallos Historical Site 6.9 WNW Grande-Terre
Terre-de-Bas Lighthouse Lighthouse 8.8 SE None
Musée Edgar Clerc Museum 10.7 WNW Grande-Terre
Rhums Damoiseau Operating Distillery 10.8 WNW Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The closest region of Grande-Terre to Point Tarare is Dubedou. This friendly part of Grande-Terre is only six miles away, so a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This region in Guadeloupe is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Point Tarare is not located near many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent amount of hotel rooms within driving distance. A few of the more convenient possibilities are seen in the following list.

Accommodations near Point Tarare
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Cocoteraie 3.8 W Hotel
Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf 4.1 W Hotel
Le Vallon 4.2 W Villa complex


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is La Petite Crêperie. This restaurant serves delicious French cuisine. They also specialize in crepes. The restaurant is pretty nearby, so a short taxi ride is a good option.

A few nearby dining options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Point Tarare
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Petite Crêperie (059) 090-2840 French Informal 3.9 mi. W
L'Arobas (059) 088-7377 Creole Very Casual 4.0 mi. W
Au Widdy’s (069) 030-7011 Creole Informal 4.0 mi. W
Le Zagaya (059) 088-6721 Caribbean Informal 4.1 mi. W
Le Métis Café (069) 053-8150 Caribbean, French Very Casual 4.1 mi. W
I.Pâtes (069) 074-1341 Italian Informal 4.2 mi. W
Le Mabouya dans la Bouteille (059) 021-3114 Mediterranean Informal 4.3 mi. W
Restaurant 619 (069) 072-1301 Caribbean Informal 4.5 mi. W
La Porte des Indes (059) 021-3087 Indian -- 4.8 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on Grande-Terre you might like besides Point Tarare.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Anse Champagne, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Anse de la Gourde may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a half mile to the west-northwest.

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

Perhaps Point Tarare is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, Guadeloupe offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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