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Price & Hours

Free

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Beaches, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

You'll find this stretch of sand Grand-Terre within Sainte-Anne. Recent visitors called Plage de Bois Jolan beautiful, with calm, clear waters, and best of all, not too many crowds.

Other reviewers praised the shallow waters (perfect for little swimmers) and the plentiful shade. Access to the beach is free. According to past travelers, there are a variety of food carts near the perimeter of the beach and plentiful parking – a rarity near Guadeloupe's beaches.

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Tucked amid Basse-Terre's verdant mountain landscape sits the Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park), a 74,100-acre rainforest filled with picturesque traces (walking trails). The park's trails brush past lush forest foliage, magnificent waterfalls and the summit of La Soufriere volcano. The trails range from short- to long-distance routes that vary in difficulty. Before you strap on your hiking gear, you'll want to pick up a "Guide to the National Park" brochure from the Guadeloupe tourism office (located in St. Claude, Basse-Terre) to map out your journey. If you would prefer to admire the park's natural splendors from behind the wheel, drive along the Route de la Traversee, a scenic 16-mile road that cuts through the forest.

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