The Best Beaches in Guadeloupe You Can Easily Visit by Public Bus

Contrary to all assumptions, many of the best beaches lining the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe can be conveniently and very inexpensively reached by public bus.

One of the best beaches in Guadeloupe: The city beach in Sainte Anne.
The city beach of Sainte Anne.

In this post, not only am I listing ten of the most beautiful beaches, I’m also adding some tips and, of course, I give you all the details for a smooth and secure bus ride.
So, what are you waiting for?
Pack your swimsuit, your snorkeling mask, and let’s hit the beach – our bus is already waiting!


The two main islands of the Guadeloupe archipelago spread their wings in the Caribbean Sea like a beautiful butterfly. Actually, these two isles are so different that it is hard to believe they are the same island. While the eastern wing called Grand Terre attracts visitors with gently rolling hills, settlements steeped in history, colonial architecture, and, above all, countless dreamy bays lined with sea grape and coconut palms, the larger western part that goes by the name of Basse Terre is mountainous, overgrown, and rough. Nevertheless, also this part of Guadeloupe has incredibly pristine beaches that can be easily reached by public bus.

Best Places Grand Terre Public Bus: View from the Pointe des Châteaux peninsula.
View of Grand Terre’s easternmost coastline from Pointe des Châteaux.

However, ambitious beach hopping might not be possible as some bus lines go only every two hours. But isn’t it far better to spread your towel and relax instead of racing from beach to beach, anyway?
Quality over quantity should be the motto, even when it comes to beaches.

Plage Du Souffleur

If Port Louis wasn’t so secluded – even by Guadeloupean standards – I would have made it my home away from home in the blink of an eye. It is such a precious little town!
But it is tucked away on the northwestern shore of Grand Terre. Therefore, basically everything else is a long ride away, even when you have your own vehicle.

Église Notre Dame du Bon Secours in Port Louis.
Église Notre Dame du Bon Secours and some truly exquisite artwork embellish this beautiful town even more.

However, this should by no means hold you back from going to Port Louis and its pristine city beach Plage Du Souffleur on an extended day trip.
Believe me, it’s not by pure luck that this paradisiac beach is on top of my list.

It is a long stretch of light golden sand alongside the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Now, what makes it my personal number one is the dense vegetation growing alongside the beach and reaching far down to the water. This way, everyone finds a place in the shade. There are also some open cabanas, called carbets, housing simple wooden tables and benches available free of charge.

Plage Du Souffleur
One of Grand Terre’s most pristine beaches.

Being a North European with naturally rather pale skin, a spot in the shade is crucial for me. Hence, all those shady places secure Plage Du Souffleur this post’s pole position.

Funnily enough, the part of the beach that is right next to the town of Port Louis is the quietest. The further north you go, the greater is the range of water games and sports activities on offer.

Nevertheless, over its entire length, the bay offers relaxed bathing pleasure in calm transparent waters. This makes Plage du Souffleur also perfect for families with small children who can play safely in the shallow water.

How To Get There

Bus #102 goes from Pointe-à-Pitre to Port Louis hourly between 6.20 a.m. and 7.20 p.m. The last bus back leaves Port Louis at 6.30 p.m. However, if Pointe-à-Pitre is not your final destination but you have to take another bus, keep that in mind when calculating your travel itinerary.
Schedules differ on weekends!

Plage de L’Autre Bord

This beach is within walking distance from the historic town of Le Moule. Simply cross the bridge onto the right bank of the Audouin River and after about ten minutes you will be on what is definitely one of the best beaches I enjoyed on my entire trip.

Plage de l'Autre Bord
Looking back at Le Moule from Plage de l’Autre Bord.

It is long and wide and offers not only enough shady vegetation, but also the so-called carbets, open beach cabanas. They are available to everyone free of charge.

Plage de l'Autre Bord
The waters at Plage de l’Autre Bord are great for swimmers but also for water sports such as kayaking and windsurfing.

However, I was quite surprised to see so many families with small kids on the beach since the waves here are definitely on the rougher side. No wonder it is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Also, it is one of the very few beaches where I was actually wearing my water shoes as I had to walk on some large rocks when getting into the water.

How To Get There

There are three buses going to Le Moule: #SA3 is operated by the Karu’lis company and leaves from Sainte Anne every 90 minutes starting at 5.30 a.m. The last one back to Sainte Anne leaves Le Moule at 7 p.m.
Also, there are bus lines #101 and #111 by a different company that are coming from Pointe-à-Pitre. While the #101’s final destination is Le Moule, #111 continues along the east coast to the Pradel stop in Saint François. Obviously, you can also go to Le Moule by taking the bus from Saint François in the opposite direction.

Circle Tour

Since Le Moule is one of the very few places that both bus companies serve on the island, you can take a great circle trip starting for example in Sainte Anne.

To start, take the Karu’lis morning bus #SA3 from the town hall in Sainte Anne to Le Moule.

Fishing port of Le Moule.
A wait with a view: The L’Autre Bord stop is right across Le Moule’s fishing port.

After exploring the town and an extensive visit to the beach, you can then take bus #111 at the L’Autre Bord stop. Unfortunately, Google Maps won’t show you this connection, and you won’t find it in the Karu’lis app either as the coach belongs to a different bus company. Therefore, I marked the exact location of the stop on the map at the end of the post.

In only twenty minutes, the bus will take you to Saint François where you can, for example, enjoy the rest of the day on the Plage des Raisins Clairs. I’m introducing this jewel below.

To get back to your starting point, just hop on one of the various buses going westwards from Saint François. You’ll find them on the Karu’lis App as well as on their website.

Plage d’Anse à la Gourde

The choice wasn’t easy as the first three shores are neck and neck in my list of Guadeoupe’s best beaches. In fact, Plage d’Anse à la Gourde is undisputedly the most stunning of all the beaches I have been on on the island: It is almost 1.5 kilometers long, very wide, covered with white, fine powdery sand – in short: Incredibly beautiful!

Best Places Grand Terre Public Bus: Plage d'Anse à la Gourde
Quite a spot for taking a relaxing break.

The water is crystal clear, but there are large, flat stones on the bank, so you have to be a little careful. However, those rocks together with some turtle grass transform Anse à la Gourde into an amazing snorkeling area. Just walk from the shore into the water and you’ll glide through a natural aquarium.

Plage d'Anse à la Gourde
Look at through this water!

Hmm, so why isn’t this paradise my undisputed number one?
Because there is not enough shadow. There are bushes on the edge, but they are far too low to provide enough shade – and of course, the really shady places are taken very quickly. There are slightly taller trees at the entrance to the beach, but it’s really not an ideal location and also quite far from the water.

Since a shady spot is simply a prerequisite for an enjoyable and healthy day at the beach in the times of the ozone hole, Plage d’Anse à la Gourde shares first place with Plage du Souffleur, which is a little less dreamy but offers tons of shade.

How To Get There

Bus #SF1 leaves the bus terminal of Saint François every 90 minutes between 6.30 in the morning and 6.30 in the evening. To get to the Plage d’Anse à la Gourde, you have to get off at the eponymous stop. From there, it’s a short fifteen-minute walk.
After Pointe-à-Pitre and Le Gosier, Saint François is Grand Terre’s city with the highest number of bus connections.

Plage Grande Anse des Salines

And since you’re already familiar with the bus from Saint François to Pointe des Chateaux, why not visit another beautiful beach that’s also on the route?

Best Places Grand Terre Public Bus: View from the Pointe des Châteaux peninsula.
Plage Grande Anse des Salines is not the closest bay you see in this picture but the one behind it. They are equally beautiful but swimming in the first bay is not allowed as it is too dangerous.

The salines form a unique ecosystem between the sea and marshland. A wide strip of sand allows vacationers to enjoy this place protected by a coral reef to its full extent. The colors here are shimmering most beautifully in the late morning.

I’d recommend getting here as early as possible and climbing up to the big cross at the Pointe des Châteaux before it gets too hot. The view is amazing, and you will be able to take tons of alluring pictures in this memorable place before you go back to the beach where you can relax for the rest of the day.

However, make sure to protect yourself from the sun. The beach area is very open with little’n’low vegetation so there’s only a little room in the shade.

How To Get There

To get to Plage Grande Anse des Salines, hop on the same bus #SF1 either at the bus terminal of Saint François or at the Anse à la Gourde stop if you have edged in a visit to Plage d’Anse à la Gourde.
But beware: All buses in Guadeloupe run according to fixed timetables. Regardless, due to the long distances, real times depend heavily on the current traffic situation. This means that the bus can arrive ten minutes later during rush hour. Unfortunately, this also means he gets there earlier when the roads are clear. The drivers don’t spend the extra time waiting at stops. They keep driving.
As I got to the Anse à la Gourde stop, 20 minutes early, the bus came already roaring down the road.
If I had been on time instead of far too early, I would have missed it.
Even if the beach is so comfortable, be at the stop around 20 minutes ahead of time.

Anse Kahouanne

When listing my favorite beaches, I go from top to…no, not to flop, because I don’t know of any beach in Guadeloupe that would be a flop. So from top to a bit less top.
However, if I were to go by geographical location, Anse Kahouanne would come before all the above-mentioned beaches right after Saint François.

Only five kilometers east of Saint François you can see cars parked bumper to bumper. They all came here because of a relatively small section of the beach called La Douche.

Best Places Grand Terre Public Bus: La Douche
Look at this wave!

La Douche is a fascinating and highly entertaining natural phenomenon. Into a basin formed in the rocks on the shore, seawater mostly comes in small waves. Yet, when the sea is rougher, the waves hit the edge of the pool with such force that they eject like geysers and shower everyone standing nearby. It’s not really dangerous, but still, be very careful and don’t go too close to the edge. Remember: An Instagram post isn’t worth harming your loved ones or yourself.

Best Places Grand Terre Public Bus: Beach in Saint Francois
The waves can get quite high even at the adjacent beach.

Yes, La Douche is certainly an unusual natural feature. But don’t underestimate the beauty of the sandy beaches and secluded bays that flank this little spot for miles. Everyone will find their favorite spot in the shadow of the dense seagrape trees.

How To Get There

La Douche, and the entire Anse Kahouanne for that matter, lies also on the route of bus #SF1. Coming from the bus terminal of Saint François, you normally have to get off at the stop Cahouane and walk back about one kilometer. Nevertheless, you can always politely ask the driver to let you out on the road near La Douche. This way, you don’t need to walk back alongside the road in the hot sun.

Plage de la Caravelle

When I heard that Plage de la Caravelle was the house beach of the Club Méditerranée Beach Resort, I expected the worst: that I would be chased away from the most beautiful part of the beach like a pariah, that I would be allowed to lay my towel in a dirty corner while all the wealthy hotel guests would make themselves comfortable on comfortable loungers while model-like staff gave them cool drinks would serve.

Best Places Grand Terre Public Bus: Plage de la Caravelle
Plage de la Caravelle.

None of this came true and Plage de la Caravelle is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Guadeloupe. The fact is that it is a public beach, which is located directly in front of the CM. And yes, the loungers are for the hotel guests, but I think everyone else can use them too for an insane price. Those who aren’t insane simply spread out their beach towel on the fine white sand, because there’s enough space.

Best Places Grand Terre Public Bus: Plage de la Caravelle
The wilder side of Plage de la Caravelle.

There are sections with lots of trees that are appropriately shady. However, it is of course better to have a parasol or a beach shelter with you. The sun shines quite strongly, especially between the palm leaves, and you risk sunburn. In addition to the bars for hotel guests, there are a few small stands where you can buy drinks and small snacks. To be on the safe side, you should bring a large bottle of water with you. Since it is – I repeat – a public beach, consuming food and drinks brought with you is not a problem.

How To Get There

Plage de la Caravelle is about a 20-minute walk from the center of Sainte Anne. You can either walk the route along the main road – which is terrible. Or you can turn towards the water opposite Le Village Artisanal. Then walk along the water past the fishing port and the very natural Plage les Galbas until you come to Plage de la Caravelle. You can also take the #S1 bus to the Durivage stop. From there it’s a ten-minute walk at most.

Plage de Sainte-Anne – Plage du Bourg

The colonialists weren’t particularly inventive when it came to naming places. That’s why there are places with the same name in both Martinique and Guadeloupe, and Sainte Anne is one of them. So when you search for something online, always include the island. Otherwise, you may receive information about a place you don’t want to go to.

Plage du Bourg at Sainte Anne.
Sainte Anne’s city beach.

Sainte Anne is mostly famed for her amazing shores. The three most popular beaches are Plage de la Caravelle, Plage Bois Jolan around two kilometers east of the city, and Plage du Bourg.

Kids in kayaks.
Row, row, row your boat kayak
Gently down the stream

The latter is the city beach and one of the most famous beaches on the entire island. A coral reef allows even small kids to swim safely in clear’n’calm waters. Restaurants of all kinds surround it so you can eat on-site and enjoy a beautiful day on the beach. However, that’s also the reason why it is always packed. On Sundays, you have to be there really very early otherwise you might not find a single available spot. Also, that’s the day when local families join the many French long-term vacationers.
However, the beach is lit in the evening which allows you to swim even after dark.

How To Get There

Plage du Bourg is the city beach of Sainte Anne. The bus #S1 connects Point-à-Pitre and Saint François. It is one of the most frequent and reliable bus connections on the island. The coaches travel along the main road and pass many attractions and virtually all of the beaches on the south coast of Grande Terre. The first bus leaves from Saint-François at 5 a.m. and from Gare Routière Darboussier in Pointe-à-Pitre at 5:50 a.m., the last ones leave either bus terminals at around 7:30 p.m. According to the schedule, the buses run every twenty minutes, but in reality, there are often large deviations due to traffic congestion at Le Gosier.
Well, if more people left their cars standing and took the bus, everyone would move faster.

Just sayin’.

Plage des Raisins Clairs

I’ve mentioned Saint François so many times as a convenient hub on the way to many beautiful beaches. Yet, the town itself boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Guadeloupe!

Plage des Raisins Clairs
Plage des Raisins Clairs is a popular hangout for tourists and locals alike.

Recognizable already from a distance by its many trees whose fruits look like vines, the beach Raisins Clairs, which translates to light grapes, lives up to its name. This magnificent beach offers you a superb lagoon and crystal-clear waters.

While during the week, you can still find a tranquil spot, on weekends, the beach becomes lively, to say the least. However, it offers actually something for everyone: Fine sand and shallow waters on its eastern end. Here, even small kids can safely play in the calm, shallow waters. Further west, the coast becomes rocky. Here, you can enjoy some amazing snorkeling right from the shore.

At the entrance to the beach is an informal restaurant. However, it’s far more fun to get a local snack from one of the food trucks alongside the road.

How To Get There

Apart from Guadeloupe’s secret weapon among the buses, the #S1, which runs along the entire south coast of Grand Terre from Pointe-à-Pitre to Saint François, the line #SF1 connects the town with Pointe du Chateaux and #SF2 with Pombiray. Then, #S2 and #S3 go on different routes to Sainte Anne. All these buses go to and from the main bus station at the ferry pier.
Finally, there’s also bus #111 which does not belong to the Karu’lis company. Also, he doesn’t go to the main bus station, but to the Pradel district.

Plage de Grande Anse

There are several areas in Guadeloupe where picturesque bays are strung together like beads on a yarn. One of the most impressive of these chains is located in the northwest of Basse Terre. Just behind the town of Sainte Rose begins a series of beautiful bays with golden sands and turquoise waters. They are all beautiful, but one of the favorites of both locals and visitors is Plage de Grande Anse.

The beach is about one kilometer long. Seagrape trees and coconut palms are standing along its entire length. This way, everyone finds a shady spot even on a busy day. Unfortunately, busy is the key word: The beach may be a gem, but it’s definitely not hidden. Don’t expect a Robinsonade here.

Plage de Grande Anse
One of the best bays Basse Terre has to offer.

Behind the strip of greenery is a spacious parking lot where some vendors offer handicrafts, snacks, and drinks.

Although I enjoyed my relaxing stay at Plage de la Grande Anse, it’s not at the top of my list. To make it there, the beach shouldn’t have been so incredibly crowded. I was there on a weekday and I can’t even imagine what it must be like on weekends.

Therefore, in my opinion, the bay cannot compete with the bright white sands of Grand Terre’s beaches. But that’s criticism at an extremely high level and I really enjoyed the few hours there despite these tiny flaws.

How To Get There

Bus #103 connects Pointe-à-Pitre with Deshaies, and Plage de Grande Anse is the second to last stop.
However, if you’re coming from the south of the island of Basse Terre like for instance from the town of Basse Terre, you need to take bus #113. Just for the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned here that there are also stops where you could transfer from another line. Since the buses don’t run that often, this is not recommended.

Plage de la Datcha

To my surprise, the district of Le Gosier west of the capital Pointe-à-Pitre is arguably Guadeloupe’s most popular and thusly most touristy region. Consequently, the streets are lined with all kinds of businesses from pricey specialty stores, big supermarkets, pharmacies, an astonishing number of hairdressers, and even some of the US’ world-infamous fast food restaurants. Together with various kinds of touristy facilities, all this makes Le Gosier the perfect spot for those who prefer their Caribbean vacation on the less exotic side.
Hence, it’s definitely not for me.

Plage de la Datcha in Le Gosier.
Place of longing: View of the Îlet du Gosier from Plage de la Datcha.

So why is Le Gosier’s most popular beach on this list? Because I’m keen to avoid comments that I missed the most famous and supposedly most beautiful beach in Guadeloupe. Well, I don’t know where else people have been as they claim the Plage de la Datcha to be one of the best beaches on the island. Because it’s clearly not.
Just like in Sainte-Anne, you can rent kayaks and other watersports gear right on the beach which is certainly a plus. Also, there are a couple of chill beach bars which you won’t find on most other beaches in Guadeloupe.
Nevertheless, I liked all the beaches I’m listing above to be much nicer.

How To Get There

The advantage of Le Gosier being such a lively tourist center is that, alongside Pointe-à-Pitre and SF, it has the most bus connections on the island. The lines #G9, #G12, #G14, and #G91 connect Le Gosier with the main city of Pointe-à-Pitre which is around 10 kilometers away.
If you’re coming from the east, it’s best to take the iconic bus #S1 to the École de Poucet stop. There you either change to one of the lines mentioned above or walk for 20 minutes to the coastline.

Day Trip to Marie-Galante

Now I have emphasized several times that Guadeloupe is not an island, but an archipelago consisting of several beautiful islands. Yet, in this post, I only present beaches on the two main islands, especially on Grand Terre.

That’s because I want to make it as easy as possible for you. It’s true that you can reach many other beaches by bus, but the south coast of Grand Terre is the best connected, and the most beautiful beaches in Guadeloupe happen to be right there, too.

Anse Canot in Marie Galante
Anse Canot is of surreal beauty.

I can also hardly call the post The Best Beaches in Guadeloupe You Can Easily Visit by Public Bus and then list beaches to which you have to sail across the sea.

This being said, I’d like to emphasize that the other islands also have absolutely dream beaches, especially Marie Galante. Therefore, rush over to my post What Not to Miss on a Visit to the Island of Marie Galante and make sure to include a day cruise to this tropical jewel on your trip to Guadeloupe!

What To Pack For a Beach Day

If you stay at a beach hotel, you can simply walk from your room to your sun bed in a swimsuit, a book, and a cocktail in hand. In that case, kudos – and you won’t need this checklist. If however, you intend to visit more or less secluded beaches by public bus, you might wanna put a bit more thought into what to pack for the day.

Keep in mind that you’ll leave your accommodation in the morning, taking the bus to some remote place from where you then return only in the late afternoon. If you forget to take certain things with you, you won’t have them available during the entire day, it’s as simple as that.

Therefore, the below list contains not only quintessential items like your wallet and your reading glasses but also some gadgets that are not crucial but will make your day on the beach more comfortable and pleasant.

1. Wallet and Keys

Sometimes it’s the most evident stuff that we tend to forget. While you are focusing on your swim goggles, you realize that you left your wallet in the room only the moment you need it. Therefore, the most important item is your wallet with some cash, one credit card for emergencies, and some form of ID. I’m emphasizing taking only one credit card for security reasons. If you should lose your wallet or if it gets stolen, you’ll still have your other cards safely in your room. Also, I’m always taking my ID with me instead of my passport. Yes, losing it is annoying, however, it is not as serious as losing a passport.
Oh, and don’t forget to take your keys before you slam that door. I’m always having a noticeable lanyard with me that I attach to my holiday apartment key during my entire stay. Maybe this idea works for you, too.

2. Sun Protection

When in a tropical country, I smother myself in sun protection before I even leave the house. In Guadeloupe, I used SPF50 on my face, my neck, and my shoulders and what can I say – I still got slightly burned. The intensity of the sun definitely changed over the past years. Although I got a bit less sensitive over the following days, I still avoided wearing tank tops or strappy dresses as I had the impression that I didn’t burn on the beach but while walking. Therefore, I opted for shirts with short sleeves and high-necked T-shirts for best protection.
This being said, I recommend you have always at least a small bottle of sunscreen with high SPF on you. Also, don’t just carry it around, but use it.

3. Hammock or a Beach Towel and Possibly an Extra Towel

Obviously, you won’t be lying in the sand, hence, you need a beach towel. However, I like to have also a smaller towel with me just in case. Apart from serving its original purpose, it can also be folded or rolled into a small pillow.
During my trip to Guadeloupe and Martinique, I noticed for the first time many people taking a hammock with them to the beach. And on these islands, it makes total sense as there are so many trees on basically every beach where you can easily attach your mobile bed. However, I had to schlepp so many things, that an additional hammock would have been simply too much for me.

4. Swim Suit and a Spare

When I’m planning on spending the day on the beach, I put on my swimsuit underneath my clothes. If you do that, too, don’t forget to pack either some underwear or simply a second bikini so you can change and don’t have to spend the day in wet swimming clothes after a refreshing dip.

5. Sun Shades and Possibly Reading Glasses

In the bright sunlight on a white beach, sunshades are not a fashionable accessory but an indispensable necessity.
If you need reading glasses, you probably have also sunshades with the visual acuity you need. If not, don’t forget your regular glasses since you don’t want to schlepp that big novel in vain.

6. Sun Hat or Shawl

Just like you don’t need shades just to be trendy, a sun hat is not only a fashion statement. Especially if you’re planning on walking down a beach for a while, not covering your head can become truly dangerous. Choose one with a quite wide rim to really protect your face.
To cover also your neck, a light scarf or shawl that you wrap around your head and neck can be a very chic alternative. Either way, make sure to cover your head when you are exposed to the sun.
In Guadeloupe, most beaches have quite dense vegetation so you’ll always find shelter from the sun. Actually, I was mostly exposed to the sun as I was walking around.

7. Swim Gear, Goggles, or Snorkeling Mask

So now we finally leave the necessity department and we’re moving to the fun section. Goggles or even a mask will allow you to experience the underwater world in Guadeloupe’s crystal-clear bays.

8. Swim Shoes

I’d say that you only need swim shoes if you have extremely sensitive feet and even then, only in very few spots. I brought mine with me on this trip and used them once. Also, I think I just used them for the sake of it.

9. Change of Clothes

I already reminded you to take a change of underwear or a spare swimsuit with you. In addition, I like to pack a spare T-shirt and even light trunks just in case I get wet or spill something on myself. Remember, you are planning for a long and hopefully a bit adventurous day, hence, expect the unexpected.

10. Book

Forgetting your book won’t ruin your day trip. However, it’s annoying to find yourself on a beach where you could comfortably enjoy a good read only to realize that you’ve left it behind.

11. Mobile Phone with Head Phones

Your mobile phone is definitely something you should have on you at all times. You can quickly snap some pictures of great scenery, listen to your favorite playlist, check the bus schedules – and call for help. Although I hope the latter will never be necessary, I know from my own experience that your phone should be ready to save you at any time.

Now, the headphones. I know that there are people who hold extensive conversations on speakerphone in public places. Or who watch movies or listen to music as if the world was theirs alone. I hate that. So if you are not all by yourself in a secluded spot, please, use headphones.

12. Storage For Valuables

A gadget that helps to protect your valuables is probably far more important for solo travellers like me. But also couples or even groups of friends might want to frolic carelessly in cool waters without getting robbed.

Various kinds of pouches store your money, credit card, ID, phone, and the like. As those containers are waterproof, you can have all your valuables on you even in the water. I’m personally not a big fan since I simply don’t feel comfortable carrying all that stuff with me while swimming or snorkeling. Also, one of my most valuable items is a camera that doesn’t fit in any of those containers.

Therefore, I’m using a mobile safe. That’s a bag reinforced with a metal web that cannot be cut open. Also, it is secured with an iron string and a padlock. Then, you need a post or a big tree branch to attach the safe firmly. Especially on Guadeloupe’s overgrown beaches, finding the perfect trunk or branch is no problem at all.

Lock tote on Klein Bonaire
You can lock your tote to anything fast – for instance, a big branch.

13. Snacks

Although many beaches in Guadeloupe have some food trucks or a restaurant nearby where you can get a snack, I like to bring mine. One good thing about the French influence in Guadeloupe is the countless bakeries that you find in every town and even the smallest village. Baguette, croissants, pain au chocolat, chausson aux pomme that literally melt in your mouth. Yes, as delicious as in France. There are also quiches, puff pastries filled with minced meat, and juicy sandwiches. In any case, your snack for the beach day is ready and waiting for you at your local boulangerie! In addition, I like to take some hard fruits or vegetables like apples, cucumbers, and carrots with me to the beach. These snacks are simply more refreshing.

Fruit straight from the tree.

14. Water And Possibly some Juice or Soda

While having something to munch on is good but not necessarily vital, having enough liquids to replenish definitely is. For a beach day, that should be at least a bottle of 1.5 liters.

But what good does it do to have something with you that you don’t like to drink? After a while, I tend to get tired of drinking plain water. Therefore, I also take a small bottle of juice or even a soda like Coke or 7Up with me- just to mix things up a bit and ensure that I drink enough over the day.

What Do You Have to Add?

I would love to know you but obviously, I don’t.
Therefore, I might have missed listing something that you urgently need to enjoy a careless day on the beach.
What is it?
I’d be pleased if you shared it with me and the other readers in the comment section below!

How to Get to the Beaches by Public Bus

In general, the bus network in Guadeloupe is pretty well developed. I can’t think of any place that doesn’t have any bus service at all. At first, things are confusing because there are two different companies.

Firstly, the company Karu’lis serves the city and district around Pointe-à-Pitre as well as the southern coast of Grand Terre. Their buses are easily recognizable as they are bright orange. You find lines, maps, schedules, and fares online on their website as well as on the Karu’lis App. There you can also charge money and pay for your tickets as you go. Otherwise, you can buy your ticket just as easily from the driver.

Keep in mind that Karu’lis buses stop their service on Saturdays around noon and that there is no service whatsoever on Sundays.

Bus in Guadeloupe
Clearly a Karu’lis bus.

Now, while this sounds really easy and comfortable, I have to inform you that Karu’lis is serving exclusively the above-mentioned part of the island, hence, Pointe-à-Pitre all the way to Pointe des Chateaux.

But what if you want to go to Plage Du Souffleur? And how about the transport to Plage de Grande Anse in Basse Terre?

Well, those are served by a different company. Fortunately, this company also has an excellent website where you find a system map and all timetables as comfortably downloadable PDFs. All you have to do is check on their system map which bus goes where and then look up the times on the respective schedule. Everything is marked in bright colors and sounds probably more complicated than it is.

To make things easier for you, I’ve already linked all the online available timetables below the description of my favorite beaches.

However, you’ll find these and all the other lines on their website.

Do Your Research

While this other bus company is at least as good and reliable as Karu’lis, it has two major flaws: Firstly, there is no App, you have to get all the info from their website. I actually recommend printing out all the schedules before your trip. Don’t worry, there aren’t that many.
The other problem is that they aren’t on Google Maps. So while you can look up the bus from Pointe-à-Pitre to Sainte Anne on Google Maps just like you’d look for a connection in Paris or London, you cannot do that for the other buses. This does not mean they are less reliable, you only have to check all your connections on their website.

Bus in Guadeloupe.
You definitely do not need a car.

One last but very important thing: To go places that Karu’lis isn’t serving, you basically always have to change buses in Pointe-à-Pitre. There are very few exceptions to this rule. However, it is important to know that Karu’lis’ coaches are going to the Gare De Darboussier east of the port basin while all the other coaches – even those going to the north and the northeast coast of Grand Terre – are leaving from the Gare Routière de Bergevin located close to the cruise terminal. Don’t look for it on Google Maps, they will send you to a roundabout about twenty minutes north of the correct bus terminal. Believe me, been there, done that.

Obviously, you’ll find the Bergevin terminal’s correct location in the map I created below.

These two bus terminals are about a 20-minute walk from each other, so keep that in mind when planning your trip.

Seven Tips For Going to Guadeloupe’s Best Beaches By Public Bus

  1. The most important tip to make your bus ride more enjoyable: Don’t look at it as a wasted period of time between two meaningful activities. No, think of it as an original tour in an authentic vehicle: Enjoy the amazing scenery, the turquoise waters, the endless sugarcane fields, and the swaying palm trees.
    This is neither New York nor Paris nor Tokyo, this is a Caribbean island, and the bus ride is part of the whole experience.

  2. Don’t plan too much for one day. One or two destinations will be enough. Yes, in cities like London or Berlin, you can design a meticulous program for the day and follow through. Taking a day trip on public buses in Guadeloupe is more complex and at times also tiring: you’ll be walking quite a bit, you’ll have to carry all sorts of stuff with you, you’ll have to plan for longer waiting times, and all this in the tropical heat. Believe me: Less is definitely more.
  3. However, plan your trip as thoroughly as possible in advance by checking and downloading the timetables from the Région Guadeloupe’s website as well as Karu’lis’ website and by checking connections on Google Maps or the Karu’lis App wherever possible.
  4. Be at the stop at least ten, better 20 minutes before the scheduled time as coaches tend to arrive far too early.
  5. While waiting, don’t get distracted by reading or chatting with others. Keep your eyes on the road if the bus is coming. Because if you just hang around at the bus stop, the driver won’t consider you a potential passenger and might just merrily pass you by. As soon as you see the bus approaching, give the driver a sign by lifting your arm or waving.
  6. Make sure to have small change to pay your fare as the drivers accept only bills up to 10 €uros. Trips cost between 1.80 €uros and 5 €uros depending on the distance.
  7. Never rely on the last possible connection or the latest scheduled coach. Plan your trip in a way that you can take at least one later bus.

Organized Trips

As I pointed out, most of Guadeloupe’s wonderful beaches can be reached by public bus. However, this will cost you some time and possibly nerves. Hence, an organized tour might be a more suitable option, especially if you don’t have much time on the island. Also, if you want to visit the smaller islands, and engage in activities on the water like sailing or snorkeling from a boat, you have to go on a tour unless you bring your own yacht. Therefore, here are some great tours to choose from*:

Although Guadeloupe’s beaches are just fantastic, they are not the only attraction the archipelago has to offer. For more stories and information on Guadeloupe, check out my posts

Best Places to Visit in Grand Terre, the Eastern Wing of GUADELOUPE (also by public bus)

Best Places to Visit in Basse Terre, the Western Wing of GUADELOUPE (also by public bus)

Guadeloupe: What Not to Miss on a Visit to the Island of Marie Galante

Best Street Art in GUADELOUPE

For general information on the island of Guadeloupe, go to the main post

Grand GUADELOUPE: Complete Guide And Perfect Itineraries (also for travels by public bus)

There, you’ll find comprehensive information and tips that will make your trip much smoother and more enjoyable.


This map should help you to find the most beautiful beaches of Guadeloupe that I’m introducing in this post. Clicking on the slider symbol at the top left or the full-screen icon at the top right will display the whole map including the legend.

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