Plage de Bois Jolan


Around 3km east of Ste-Anne and only accessible by car, this heavenly, off-the-beaten-track beach with its shallow warm water and white sand backed by thick, shade-providing woodland is popular with locals, especially on weekends (go during the week for a quieter experience).

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1. Plage de la Caravelle

3.27 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…

2. Plage des Raisins Clairs

4.42 MILES

The real reason to head to St-François, Plage des Raisins Clairs on the western outskirts of the town is a popular sandy beach where it's safe to swim…

3. Marché La Rotonde


St-François' boldest piece of architecture is its perfectly circular art-deco farmers market slap bang in the middle of town. Packed with fruit and veg in…

4. Marina de St-François

5.52 MILES

In the center of St-François, Guadeloupe's biggest marina is the playground of the Caribbean yacht-owning classes. The only other reason to come here is…

5. Damoiseau Distillery

5.74 MILES

For those who don’t speak French but know how distilleries work, this is a nice chance to wander around at will. It's particularly active during the cane…

6. Edgar Clerc Archaeological Museum

7.33 MILES

This relatively small but informative museum has a fascinating display of archaeological finds made on Guadeloupe and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Much of…

7. Îlet du Gosier

9.73 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…

8. Datcha Beach

9.85 MILES

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…