Petite Anse

written in collaboration with Barbaloulou (2 spots)

The 100-meter-long beach of Petite Anse, lined on either side by rocks and shaded by lush vegetation, opens on to a small cove with calm, turquoise waters. It has one of the best shore snorkeling in Basse Terre, the western part of the butterfly-shaped island of Guadeloupe. A wide variety of fish inhabit the cove, as well as sea turtles, sometimes spotted feeding on the seagrass bed.
How to get there?

Petite Anse is located on the northwestern coast of Guadeloupe, 7km south of Deshaies and 20km north of Bouillante and Malendure beach. Driving time from Pointe-à-Pitre is approximately 40 minutes (45km) when the traffic is light. Be careful when approaching the site by car, as the access road to the beach is in a large bend. There is a parking behind the beach.

Water entrance

Enter the water from the beach, made of sand and pebbles.

Aerial view


The whole cove can be snorkeled, but we advise you to focus on these two areas, extending very close to the beach:

- The two rocky areas enclosing the left and right sides of the beach. Here you will find the most interesting seabed, made of rocks covered in colored seaweed and small coral. In this area, you can expect to see many of the most common sealife of the Caribbean reefs, including parrotfish, sergeant major, bluehead wrasse, blue tang and reef squid.

- The central part of the cove, made of seagrass beds, where sea turtles are sometimes reported. Come in the morning, when there are very few people on the beach, to get the best chances to see them.

Petite Anse beach, Guadeloupe

Restaurants and accommodation

A restaurant and a snack are set on the beach. Petite Anse is also a great picnic spot.

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