THE GRANDE TERRE - SOUTH COAST
The south coast of Grande Terre lies between Pointe A Pitre and Pointe des Châteaux. It is flat, relatively little rocky, protected by a coral reef and it houses some of the most famous beaches, the most beautiful and quiet (speaking about the waves, not the sand...) of Guadeloupe. Of course it is also very popular with tourists seeking the pleasures of the sea as they can find there all kinds of maritime activities and entertainments.
This is also the area of residential hotels and comfortable vacation villages, especially in Gosier.
Going east after Pointe à Pitre and the marina, well known as ending point of the yacht racing "La Route du Rhum", we find Le Gosier. A stop not to be missed, a place that deserves to stay, as shown in the dedicated page.
By continuing, many beaches and coves, like Saint Felix and Petit Havre, before reaching Sainte Anne. If the artisanal village is just a souvenir market, the town is worth visiting with its daily market, its stunning beaches and atmosphere.
At the exit of Sainte Anne the beach Bois Jolan is one that can delight lovers of tropical farniente. Check it out!
Last city on this coast, Saint François. This village has succeeded in retaining a local identity despite intense tourist development on its eastern flank, with marina, golf and the airfield. It really deserves a visit for this authentic side, contains superb beaches and is the boarding place to Petite Terre and Désirade.
Following the road eastbound, we finish at La Pointe des Châteaux, eastern end of Guadeloupe and breathtaking scenery. Just north of this peak, the vast Salines beach is a magnificent place ... but without shadow!