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.

Situated in the vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, Ilet a Cochons is on the South West coast of Grande-Terre. You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. It's often said that Ilet a Cochons is perfect for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in Guadeloupe offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually busier because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

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.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. It's also good to know that you will have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so guests hoping for a break from the hot sun will get their wish. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

Beach-goers that plan to take full advantage of the amenities extended at this beach, will like this news; Ilet a Cochons happens to be found in a region which is not generally considered a tourist area. This means that regardless of what part of the day you decide to come, as there's a minimal possibility you'll find yourself compete with too many additional guests who might need access to the comforts available.

What's Nearby


Positioned 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.

Historical attractions like Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Ilet a Cochons, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Guadeloupe, without straying too far from the coastline. In fact, this shoreline is just a short distance away from this destination of historical interest.

If you can't wait to see as many of Guadeloupe's attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

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 nearby town of Pointe A Pitre is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the shore, Pointe A Pitre is a quick trip away, about two miles (three kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Guests will find a fairly good selection of lodging options to choose from in the area surrounding Ilet a Cochons. The closest of which have been listed in the table that follows.

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


If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the closest places to eat is Zoo Rock Cafe. The 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.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

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

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Ilet a Cochons.

Another location you might enjoy is Bas-du-Fort, located just a little ways away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might like Ilet du Gosier. It's located three miles to the east-southeast.

Another location you may want to try is Pointe des Salines, located reasonably close-by, meaning a short cab ride can take you where you want to go.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Guadeloupe, and dropping by Ilet a Cochons is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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