Many of Grande Terre's most high quality beaches are located in the space between St. Francois and Gosier. They vary depending on which part of the coast you end up on, ranging from rocky to fine, soft sands, but most are backed by palm trees interspersed with vendors. Be aware that because this is a French territory, some of the beaches welcome nude sun bathing.
There are a small variety of beaches to visit in the area. Regardless of whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you can find a beach that fits your preferences. For more detail concerning a specific beach simply click on the names of the ones you're interested in.
One beach where snorkeling is popular is Anse Kanouanne. Visitors to the beach will need to take Highway D-118, the main road of the Southeast Point. While the specific beach access road is unmarked, the string of beaches are accessible by any of the dirt roads off to right to the south of D-118.
Another good option for snorkelers is Plage du Helleux. One of Guadeloupe's city beaches, Plage du Helleux serves the area of Saint Francois as a convenient beach where you can easily just get away. The modest palm tree lined beach offers the basics of sand and water, but is close by many of the area's amenities.
Baie Sainte Marie: Getting to Baie Sainte Marie can be difficult. Those wishing to go will need to navigate a maze of dirt roads twisting through rural Guadeloupe and through the forest. An ATV, or at least a car capable of off-roading, is essential.
The table just below lists some key facts regarding the beaches found in the area.
|Anse Champagne||0.5 mi. East of Downtown St. Francois||South East|
|Anse Kanouanne||2.0 mi. East of Downtown St. Francois||South East|
|Anse Loquet||1.6 mi. East of Downtown St. Francois||South East|
|Baie Sainte Marie||2.6 mi. Northeast of Central Saint-Francois||South East|
|Plage du Helleux||0.8 mi. West of Downtown St. Francois||South East|
|Raisins Clairs||0.5 mi. West of Downtown St. Francois||South|
Bear in mind that you'll be able to find some other kinds attractions available. To read a more detailed discussion of other attractions, read this article.
Because the beaches of St. Francois are so varied, you'll easily be able to find the perfect stretch of sand for you as you explore this gorgeous Caribbean coast line.
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