On Guadeloupe’s Grande-Terre island, Sainte-Anne is a lively tourist enclave in a peaceful agricultural region. The restaurants and bars are open ’til late, and the beaches on Sainte-Anne’s waterfront are convivial and fun. But you can ditch the crowds too by finding other immaculate beaches along the coast. Nearly all are swimmable as there’s a long reef shielding the ocean currents.
You can look for a beach sheltered from the trade winds, or catch these breezes windsurfing or kite-surfing. The rest of Grand-Terre island has rolling farmland, old colonial plantations reborn as museums and invigorating seascapes on the coast.
Lets explore the best things to do in Sainte-Anne:
1. Plage Caravelle
As close to perfect as a beach can get, La Caravelle is an arc of soft white sand bathed by turquoise waters.
Sun loungers are under the shade of coconut trees with slender, bending trunks.
The surf here is low and the water is almost transparent as the waves break on that reef a hundred metres or so offshore.
The beach is next to a Club Med Resort, but that shouldn’t put you off as La Caravelle is spacious and stays pretty quiet in peak season.