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Pointe des Chateaux's striking cliff formations define Grande-Terre's easternmost edge, marking where the Atlantic Ocean collides with the Caribbean Sea. You'll notice a cluster of hollowed limestone coves, sculpted over time by turbulent winds and rough waves. Once you've hiked to the top to admire the eye-catching cliffs, retreat to Pointe des Chateaux's small beach or visit one of the sandy stretches lining the island's southern shoreline. Plage Tarare is another popular sunning spot for those who like sporting minimal swimwear and sprawling across heaps of white sand. You'll find Plage Tarare on Pointe des Chateaux's northern side.

Recent travelers highlighted Pointe des Chateaux's dramatic scenery, though they do say it can get quite busy on days when cruise ships are in port.

You can reach Pointe des Chateaux by driving south along N5 from Saint-Francois. Along the way, you'll pass Le Moule, a 17th-century coastal destination that once attracted sailors and sugar cane seekers and is now popular with surfers. If you have some spare time, Le Moule is worth exploring, according to recent travelers.

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