Ilet a Cochons

Located right across Pointe-a-Pitre, this beach offers wonderful views of the city without all of the crowds. Guests will be free to claim there spot in the sand and spread out, while the playful can go out in the water. History buffs are treated to an extra bonus, as the beach and island was once a settlement that was eventually abandoned for the mainland. With a variety of options, anyone making the trip across the bay will be treated to this remote beach hidden in plain sight.

Located in the vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, Ilet a Cochons is on the South West coast of Grande-Terre. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying very close. This isn't just another pretty beach, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like Guadeloupe. While Ilet a Cochons may be a little more difficult to reach, visiting this beach instead of a more crowded one could make your experience less stressful.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach stretches across the entire coast of Ilet a Cochons, so as the coast turns and twists, so does the beach. In some areas you will find the forests more invasive and in other places you'll find smooth soft sand, while in other place you might not find sand at all.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Ilet a Cochons. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas here, so guests hoping for a place to relax in the shade will get their wish. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

the immediate vicinity around Ilet a Cochons is not exactly a tourism capital. Taking that into consideration, fighting to obtain an open amenity while at the beach is not a scenario that you will have to go through when arriving at the beach, in spite of what the time is when you get there.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Ilet a Cochons on the South West coast of Grande-Terre; the area is home to other attractions such as Place de la Victoire, which is a mile and a half to the north.

If you want to mix some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Schoelcher Museum, a lovely museum found a mile and a half to the north, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Ilet a Cochons
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Place de la Victoire Park 1.5 N Grande-Terre
Schoelcher Museum Museum 1.5 N Grande-Terre
Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Historical Site 1.6 N Grande-Terre
St John Perse Museum Museum 1.7 NNE Grande-Terre
Chemins de Mangrove Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.5 N Grande-Terre

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Pointe A Pitre, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Ilet a Cochons, Pointe A Pitre isn't far off, maybe two miles (three kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a decent number of hotel rooms within driving distance. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Ilet a Cochons
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hôtel Fleur d’Epée 1.1 mi. E Resort
Hotel Village Soleil 1.2 mi. E Hotel
Hôtel Victoria Palace 1.7 mi. N Hotel
Residence Marifa 2.3 mi. NNE Hotel
Saint John Perse 2.4 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Matic -- -- Hotel
Le Rotabas 3.7 mi. N Hotel


When you're starving for a midday meal, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. Zoo Rock Cafe is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both Creole and French menu items. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Ilet a Cochons
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Zoo Rock Cafe (059) 090-7777 Creole, French Very Casual 0.6 mi. ENE
Le Plaisancier (059) 090-7153 Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. ENE
Des Saveurs et Des Mots (059) 082-0294 French Very Casual 0.6 mi. ENE
Asian Pirate (059) 068-4038 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Very Casual 0.6 mi. NE
Côté Jardin (059) 090-9128 French Informal 0.7 mi. ENE
Red Sails (069) 060-2330 American Very Casual 0.7 mi. ENE
Seaberry (059) 068-3338 Caribbean Informal 0.7 mi. ENE
Al Dente (059) 023-5266 Italian -- -- --
Aux Artistes -- Creole Very Casual -- --
Le Gondwana (059) 028-2488 African Very Casual -- --
Pam Pam -- French Very Casual -- --
Bistrot Zen (059) 021-2359 French Informal 0.7 mi. ENE

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Ilet a Cochons on Grande-Terre.

You might also enjoy Bas-du-Fort, located within a mile or so. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might like Ilet du Gosier. It's found three miles to the east-southeast.

Another location you may want to try is Pointe des Salines, which is located six and a half miles away.

Ilet a Cochons could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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