Plage de Petit-Havre (Secret Beach in Guadeloupe)

Plage de Petit-Havre beach
Plage de Petit-Havre beach of Grande-Terre island.

Plage de Petit-Havre is a small, but beautiful beach hidden in the cliffs of Guadeloupe.

Plage de Petit-Havre Quick Tips

  • Sand & water color: White sand and clear turquoise water
  • Other names: Beach of Petit-Havre
  • Best for: Relaxing, swimming
  • Known for: In Plage de Petit Havre, green iguanas are frequently seen in the water.
  • Facilities: public restroom, shower (attached to a tree) and a few huts along with a restaurant/bar.
  • Lifeguard: none
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Free but limited.

Where is Beach of Petit-Havre located?

It is located Le Gosier on the southern coast of Grande Terre in Guadeloupe.


Parking is free but limited.

What you can Expect at Plage de Petit-Havre

  • Less crowded during the week day.
  • Small beach
  • In Plage de Petit Havre, green iguanas are frequently seen in the water.


The snorkeling is not as good as some of the other beaches in the area but at Plage de Petit Havre, green iguanas are frequently seen in the water. (Yes, it is slightly terrifying)

The water is shallow for some distance and the sea bed life is quite poor. But the chance to see iguanas in the water makes a visit here totally worth it, in my opinion.

There is quite a lot of sea grass, it feels almost like you are snorkeling through a field! To see the best snorkeling at this beach you will have to swim out a little further (about 200 meters) to where the waves begin to crash to see the sea grass.

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.

Iguana swimming in the water at Petit Havre beach in Guadeloupe
Iguana swimming in the water at Petit Havre beach in Guadeloupe

Pros and Cons


  • Lots of shade
  • Shower (attached to a tree)
  • Public restrooms


  • Limited space
  • Limited parking
  • Steep walk down to the beach
  • Crowds
  • Sand isn’t quite as nice as some of the other beaches in Guadeloupe

Conclusion: Does Plage de Petit-Havre live up to the hype?

Yes and no. It was an amazing beach but among all the other amazing beaches in Guadeloupe, this one was not my favorite.

Things to do near Plage de Petit-Havre

Arranged in order from closest to furthest away.

  1. Plage des Salines
  2. Plage de la Datcha
  3. Plage de Saint-Félix
  4. Plage du bourg
  5. Plage de Bois Jolan
  6. Plage de Caravelle

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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