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The Best Beaches in Guadeloupe

By HarryFriday 05th June 2015

The islands of Guadeloupe sit prettily in the south Caribbean, and are known for their incredible beaches and temperate waters. To visit Guadeloupe is to dive into the local French-Caribbean culture, but each new island you visit is a little different from the last.

There’s nothing more beautiful than an ocean sunset – Image by Flickr user Selden Vestrit There’s nothing more beautiful than an ocean sunset – Image by Flickr user Selden Vestrit

The two main islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, are home to some breath-taking coastline, with the east boasting soft pristine sands, and the west benefiting from the protection of the mountainous Guadeloupe National Park. We like to think that we know a thing or two about beaches, so here are some of our favourite beaches in Guadeloupe.

Plage Caravelle – Image by Flickr user olivier marie-joseph Plage Caravelle – Image by Flickr user olivier marie-joseph

Plage Caravelle

In Sainte-Anne on the south of the Grande-Terre island, you’ll find Plage Caravelle. This beach has everything that you could imagine, when dreaming of your perfect beach retreat. Coconut trees line the white sands, and with areas that are both windy and calm, the beach is great for windsurfers and sunbathers alike. Jetties stretch out into the ocean, which is a beautiful turquoise blue, and the waters are peaceful. These waters, coupled with the protected reef nearby, make the area perfect for snorkelers, but surprisingly the beach still manages to remain one of Guadeloupe’s quieter options. Anse de la Gourde – Image by Flickr user Daniel Jolivet Anse de la Gourde – Image by Flickr user Daniel Jolivet

Anse de la Gourde

On the south east tip of Grande-Terre, Anse de la Gourde maintains an exclusive atmosphere, despite being one of the area’s more popular beaches. The waves here sometimes pick up enough to attract surfers and boogie boarders, and it’s a great spot for families as there are some really useful picnic facilities along the beach. Another firm choice for snorkelling, the waters here are predictably clear and warm. There are often vendors selling snacks on the beach, but if you want something more substantial, the nearest restaurant is a few miles away, so it’s a good idea to bring a picnic.

Plage de la Perle

Meaning Pearl Beach, Plage de la Perle is arguably the best beach on Basse-Terre island. The sands on this island aren’t as white as those on its eastern counterpart, but the lush vegetation and mountainous landscape provide a different experience entirely. You’ll find the blonde sands of Pearl Beach in the commune of Deshaies, on the north west of the island, and although a coral reef protects Basse-Terre, the waves here are often strong enough for water sports. Small restaurants line the beach, and these are a great place to dine on local cuisine, before venturing back to the beach and enjoying a pleasant nap under the shade of a tree. Heaven. Grande Anse Beach – Image by Flickr user Damien Halleux Radermecker Grande Anse Beach – Image by Flickr user Damien Halleux Radermecker

Grande Anse Beach

A list of Guadeloupe’s best beaches wouldn’t be complete without Grande Anse, on Basse-Terre island. Just south of Pearl Beach, two kilometres from Deshaies, this is Guadeloupe’s largest beach and is a stunning stretch of golden sand. Whilst it can be popular with visitors, a short walk further down the beach will give you a more secluded spot, and the beach is far away enough from most towns to become too crowded. Tall palm trees provide shade from the heat, and the sand slopes quite steeply into the ocean, so it can be a good spot for water sports and confident swimmers. There are some lovely restaurants nearby, and it’s easy to spend an entire day here until sundown, when you’ll see an awe-inspiring sunset. The luscious mountains on Basse-Terre island provide an idyllic backdrop – Image by Flickr user Denis Bourez The luscious mountains on Basse-Terre island provide an idyllic backdrop – Image by Flickr user Denis Bourez

Anse du Souffleur

On the north-western coast of Grande-Terre, Anse du Souffleur at Port Louis is a fine choice. Exotic trees explode with colour in the summer months, creating a wonderful natural spectacle, and the surrounding area isn’t too busy, so it maintains a serene ambience. There aren’t any facilities on the beach, so it’s a good idea to bring snacks and drinks with you for the day, however there is a nearby restaurant where you can taste fresh local food, but in our opinion a quiet picnic on the beach is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon.  

Have you visited any of these beaches in Guadeloupe? If you’re pining after a sunny break, our Caribbean cruises are a gateway to beach heaven.

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