Plage de Grande Anse (Amazing Guadeloupe beach!)

Plage de Grande Anse
Plage de Grande Anse, Guadeloupe beach

Plage de Grande Anse is a gorgeous beach in Basse-Terre of Guadeloupe island.

Plage de Grande Anse Quick Tips

  • Water: Turquoise water
  • Sand: Gold-sand beach
  • Other names: Plage Grande Anse, Grande Anse Beach
  • Best for: Water sport rentals and swimming
  • Known for: Palm fringed beach with great water sports.
  • Facilities: Lots of restaurants and bars nearby.
  • Swimming conditions: Moderate, waves can get to be a decent size and the water gets deep fairly quickly.
  • Lifeguard: none
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Get there early to reserve a spot.

Where is Plage de Grande Anse located?

It is located in Deshaies on the north-west coast of Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe.

Address: N2, Lieu-dit Ziotte, 97126, Deshaies, Guadeloupe


Parking can get kind of crazy so I recommend getting there early or later in the day.

What you can Expect at Plage de Grande Anse

  • The beach is 1.5 km long (.93 miles)
  • Beautiful palm grove that provides shade.

Swimming Conditions

Overall the swimming is great here.

Some things to be aware of…

There are waves that can get to be a substantial size. It is also good to know that the bottom gets deep very quickly.


There are quite a few restaurants that are within walking distance from the beach. Options for Kayak rentals available.

Pros and Cons


  • Lots of shade
  • Great swimming
  • Long stretch of sand


  • Limited parking
  • Waves might not be ideal for some beginner swimmers

Conclusion: Is Plage de Grande Anse worth visiting?

Yes! This beach is one you won’t regret visiting.

Top Things to do near Plage de Grande Anse

  1. Plage de la Perle (6 minutes away) – Read the full blog post here.
  2. Plage Naturiste (7 minutes away)
  3. Jardin Botanique de Deshaies (Botanical gardens)
  4. Plage des Amandiers (13 minutes away) – Read the full blog post here.
  5. Plage de Petite Anse (13 minute drive)
  6. Plage Caraïbe (14 minute drive from the beach) Read the full blog post here.

What to Bring to the Beach

Travel towel – So much easier to pack these quick dry microfiber travel towels than go without or be forced to buy one once there. We always travel with at least two of them.

Dry Bag There are some lessons you just don’t want to learn the hard way. Ruining your phone, camera, or other valuables at the beach is a very expensive lesson to learn. This dry bag is amazing and works for any and all water activities.

Reef-safe sunscreen – The sun here can be very strong. Make sure to wear a reef safe sunscreen or a rashguard.

Rash guard or long sleeve swim top – I wear the one from Skims and I love not having to worry about getting burned when I am out in the sun ALL DAY.

Free people also has some amazing rash guards you can shop here. 

Backpack or waterbottle sling – I am obsessed with my Beis travel backpack. I never travel without it. It is seriously the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. If you don’t want to bring a full backpack this waterbottle sling is my absolute favorite. It fits a waterbottle, iPhone 14 pro max, plus some extra space for bars or snacks or your wallet.

Packable snacks – I always travel with these That’s it bars from Amazon. OMG, they are sooo good and only have a few minimal ingredients.


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