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 think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just another pleasant piece of the coast, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Guadeloupe. While Ilet a Cochons may be a little more difficult to reach, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.
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 won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Ilet a Cochons because there are public restrooms. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas, so visitors seeking relief from the sultry island sun will not go leave unhappy. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.
Tucked away, Ilet a Cochons as well as its availability of comforts will most likely be a popular choice among visitors looking to find a place away from the busy beaches, since it happens to be located inside a peaceful part of Pointe a Pitre. With this in mind, failing to acquire an unused service at the beach is not a thing you will have to go through when coming to the beach, despite what time it is.
Beachgoers will find Ilet a Cochons on the South West coast of Grande-Terre; the area hosts attractions such as Place de la Victoire, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.
If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Schoelcher Museum. This museum is located a mile and a half to the north, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.
If you can't wait to see as many of Guadeloupe's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.
|Place de la Victoire||Park||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|
Pointe A Pitre is the closest town and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Pointe A Pitre is a quick trip away, maybe two miles (three kilometers).
The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.
You'll find a good amount of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient possibilities are seen in the following list.
|Hôtel Fleur d’Epée||1.1 mi.||E||Resort|
|HÃ´tel Village Soleil||1.2 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Saint John Perse||2.4 mi.||N||Hotel|
|Le Rotabas||3.7 mi.||N||Hotel|
Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you try a local restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Zoo Rock Cafe. The restaurant serves both Creole and French dishes on the menu. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.
The table below lists nearby dining options.
|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|
|(059) 082-0294||French||Very Casual||0.6 mi.||ENE|
|(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|
|(059) 028-2488||African||Very Casual||--||--|
|(059) 021-2359||French||Informal||0.7 mi.||ENE|
Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Ilet a Cochons on Grande-Terre.
If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Bas-du-Fort, found just a short distance away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might like Ilet du Gosier. It's located three miles to the east-southeast.
Travelers may also want to consider Pointe des Salines, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a quick ride in a taxi will get you here pretty easily.
Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Guadeloupe, but Ilet a Cochons is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.
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