Plage de L'Étang-Salé-les-Bains


The generous stretch of ash-coloured beach on the northern outskirts of town is great for sunbathing and swimming, and offers excellent sunset vistas. Most of the beach has a shallow bottom with a gradual slope. Swimming is forbidden outside the supervised area, which is marked by buoys.

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Nearby Réunion attractions

1. Sucrerie du Gol

4.46 MILES

A highlight (and a major landmark, with its big chimneys) near St-Louis is this old sugar refinery, about 1.5km west of the centre. You can tour the…

2. Stella Matutina

4.73 MILES

Réunion's most beloved museum is dedicated primarily to the sugar industry, but also provides fascinating insights into the history of the island,…

3. Notre-Dame de la Salette

7.13 MILES

The little white chapel of Notre-Dame de la Salette, perched on the side of the hill to the east of town, was built in 1859 as a plea for protection…

4. La Fenêtre

8.42 MILES

It would be a sin to visit Les Makes and not take the forest road that leads to this viewpoint, another 10km further uphill. The view over the entire…

5. Kelonia

8.45 MILES

Don't miss this ecologically conscious marine and research centre dedicated to sea turtles, about 2km north of St-Leu. It features exhibits, interactive…

7. La Saga du Rhum

9.29 MILES

Those who want to understand how the ambrosia called rum starts in the sugar-cane fields and ends on their palates should come to this museum, set on the…

8. Tamil Temple

9.65 MILES

West of the centre, this highly colourful Tamil temple is well worth a gander. Visitors are not allowed inside the temple.