Welcome to the border of the municipalities of Bouillante and Vieux-Habitant, municipalities located west of Basse-Terre. Both bordered by the Caribbean Sea, both benefit from this waterfront for tourism and water activities or dives (Cousteau Reserve).

In addition, inland these two agricultural territories are famous for their coffee and cocoa (Domaine de Vanibel, Café Chaulet or the artisanal chocolate) or for the beauty of Creole gardens.

Bouillante also has the peculiarity of its name, to have the wealth of having hot springs accessible to visitors but also to bring sufficient energy to the inhabitants of this region (geothermal power plant).

Communes dont l’économie est principalement touristiques, vous disposerez de tous les services nécessaires (station-service, restaurants de bord de mer, poste, banques,…) dans les bourgs et axes principaux (N2).

Municipalities whose economy is mainly tourist, you will have all the necessary services (petrol station, restaurants seaside, post office, banks, …) in towns and main roads (N2).

This road between these two towns has many panoramas, sites and handles to discover. Take the time to stop there.


The beach of Anse à la Barque is a small gray sand cove that is not suitable for swimming. The water is shallow and the bottom is rocky, you will not enjoy swimming there compared to the beautiful surrounding beaches (Beach Malendure for example).

However, the cove has a lot of charm, it is landlocked and perfect to attend a beautiful sunset.




To reach the beach, from Pointe-à-Pitre, take the N1 towards Basseterre and Petit-Bourg then D23 (Route de la Traversée). This route will offer you many stops to satisfy your curiosity and your desire to swim in the river. At the end of this road, you will arrive on the Caribbean side (N2), follow the direction of Bouillante, Vieux-Habitants. Continue straight ahead, the Anse à la Barque is on your right along the Caribbean coast. It is recognizable because many boats wet there and you have a white lighthouse at the pier located on one side of the cove. Turn right at this pier where you will find a car park


You will see the lighthouse of the cove.


The beach of  l’Anse à la Barque

Tip: This is not the most ideal beach for swimming, but take a break at the end of the day to enjoy the spectacle of a sunset in the Caribbean Sea.

Head to the beach. The beach is not supervised. Take a slight path that runs along the road then turn on your left


A few minutes are enough to reach this cove. As you can see, it is small and you will have few comfortable places in the shade


However, this cove is perfectly oriented to enjoy an unforgettable sunset.


As the beach is not shaded it is recommended to have an umbrella.

Watch out for the harmful effects of the sun.


Click on this link to have a first video preview of this sunset on our Youtube channel

Your turn to discover it !



Ø Circulation in Guadeloupe: During the week, you will face traffic jams around the Jarry area, especially in the morning, in the direction of Gosier towards Pointe-à-Pitre or Petit-Bourg to Pointe-à-Pitre and vice versa. late afternoon. Think about your journey to adapt to this traffic that can be dense and make you lose time easily.

Ø Equipment: Slides, swimsuit, towel, beach bag (knife, k-way, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, anti-mosquito product).

Ø Health:- Quality of the bathing area: unspecified (Source: Ministry of Health, see map);

Accessibility: Easily by car and little walk, no disabled access;

Sunscreen mandatory because the beach is well exposed to the sun, think even Lycras for children and adults;

Most important, always a bottle of water per person and a snack in your bag.

Others: you can discover nearby, the Beach of  Malendure and the Pigeon Island or do the visit of the coffee house La Grivelière.


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