Plage de La Caravelle in Guadeloupe (What you need to know!)

Plage de La Caravelle is one of the most popular public beaches on Guadeloupe. Located on the southern coast of Grande Terre in Guadeloupe.

Though attached to Club Med, this beach is fully open to the public and really beautiful. 

Plage de la Caravelle Guadeloupe
Plage de la Caravelle Guadeloupe

Plage de La Caravelle Quick Tips

  • Sand & water color: White sand and clear turquoise water
  • Other names: Sainte-Anne
  • Best for: Relaxing, snorkeling, good for kids as it is shallow.
  • Famous for: Watersports (Kitesurfing rentals nearby)
  • Facilities: Food truck nearby
  • Lifeguard: none
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Limited parking so arrive early. Parking is right on the beach.

Where is Plage de La Caravelle located?

It is located in Sainte-Anne on the southern coast of Grande Terre in Guadeloupe.

If you decide not to rent a car or just don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a parking spot they do offer cheap transportation to and from the beach here. About 4 hours round trip.

Parking

This beach is easily accessible, it is located very close to road. Parking is located directly on the beach. Parking can be very hard to find as it fills up quickly. Make sure to arrive early to get a spot.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a parking spot you can book transportation to and from the beach in advance here.

What you can Expect at Plage de La Caravelle

  • You can expect lots of shade at this beach from the plethora of Coconut trees right on the beach.
  • This beach is great for kids since the water is calm and shallow.
  • You can walk around the corner and access the Club Med beach.
  • There’s a kitesurfing rental and food trucks nearby.

Electric Surfing

Want to try an introduction to Electric Surfing?! This is one of the coolest rentals offered at La Caravelle beach. Get your rentals here.

To find the rental, you have to go to the Caravelle beach. Then walk along the beach and they are the first orange and white building. Ask for the premises of Fun Kite Academy. Reserve your rental in advance here.

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

Snorkeling at Plage de La Caravelle

The snorkeling here is amazing. In the shallows, you may spot urchins, queen conch, and lots of small fish.

Make sure if you snorkel you have a waterproof phone case (I have this waterproof housing from amazon that works ridiculously well) and a good dry bag for your electronics. This is my favorite dry bag. I never travel without it.

If you want to be able to take over/under water pics you will need an additional dome housing. I have this one from amazon that connects perfectly to my axis go waterproof phone case and is expensive, but works amazing.

Plage de la Caravelle snorkeling
Plage de la Caravelle snorkeling

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Lots of shade
  • Great snorkeling
  • Fresh Coconut water available for sale

Cons

  • Limited parking
  • Crowds

Conclusion: Does Plage de La Caravelle live up to the hype?

Yes! This is one of my favorite beaches in Guadeloupe.

Things to do near Plage de La Caravelle

  1. Plage du bourg (6 minute drive from this beach)
  2. Plage de Bois Jolan (12 minutes away)
  3. Beach of Petit-Havre (8 minute drive)

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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