Datcha Beach


Possibly Guadeloupe's best beach, Datcha is a dreamy strip of cream-hued sand, backed by shade-giving trees and fronted by calm, reef-protected sea. The scene is given focus by the delightful Îlet du Gosier and the moody mountains of Basse-Terre across the water. Beach cafes and bars feed and water beachgoers as they watch the numerous yachts that use the bay as safe anchor bobbing on the briny.

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Nearby Grande-Terre attractions

1. Îlet du Gosier

0.44 MILES

Just 600m off Gosier is idyllic little Îlet du Gosier, surrounded by calm turquoise waters that have some good snorkeling. Motorboats (one way €5) shuttle…

2. Marina de Bas du Fort


Between Pointe-à-Pitre and Gosier, this marina has excellent facilities and a large number of restaurants, bars and cafes.

3. Mémorial ACTe

3.24 MILES

Top billing in the French Antilles goes to this huge museum of slavery, opened by President Hollande in 2015. Housed in a spectacular silver-latticework…

4. Marché de la Darse

3.48 MILES

This popular market on the seafront in front of Place de la Victoire is Pointe-à-Pitre's main fruit-and-vegetable market. It's full of characters and you…

5. Musée St-John Perse

3.52 MILES

This three-level municipal museum occupies an outstanding example of 19th-century colonial architecture and is dedicated to renowned poet and Nobel…

6. Cathédrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul

3.56 MILES

Rather than the traditional arches, this attractively painted sand-colored church, nicknamed the ‘Iron Cathedral,’ is supported by iron girders intended…

7. Plage de la Caravelle

6.66 MILES

This headland of white sand about 2km west of Ste-Anne's center is one of Guadeloupe's very finest beaches – it's the Caribbean you probably came to see…

8. Valombreuse Floral Park


Nestled in the hills west of Petit-Bourg, this mature 14-hectare botanical garden includes a wide range of tropical plants and flowers, a palmery, and…