With the 20th century church of the head and trees offering shadow in front of it, the Place de l‘Église is the real centre of Sainte-Anne. Here you’ll find most of the banks, the public library, the Post Office, some café’s and some other shops where you can find all necessarities. At the corner of the square you can also take the busses towards Saint-François, Pointe-à-Pitre or Gosier.
All day long the square is full with people. Youngster hanging around in front of the library, old people hiding in the shade of the trees, and always some people waiting of the next bus to arrive. Sitting here, watching the people passing by already gives you a complete different view of the town; no tourist activities here, but just the life of the locals.
This is the most popular with the local people and with tourists and it’s the most centrally-located beach in Sainte-Anne, also known as Plage Municipale. You’ll find it along the eastern part of the Boulevard Georges Mandel, there are clear signs that will direct you there.
The beach offers great, clear water that is always warm and welcoming and it has both a lot of space in the sun and in the shadow. Along the beach there are small restaurants and bars where you can get your refreshments and of course you’ll also find the salesmen over here trying to sell you a necklace, a “beignet” or a palmtree that they pulled out of the beach tree metres further.
This is definitely the prettiest beach in town. It’s located at the westside of town, at a 15-minutes walk from the centre. To get there, you need to follow the Boulevard Georges Mandel for about 1,5 kilometres and then turn left when you get to the first “Boulangerie” after the Cemetary. Follow this road and you’ll end up in paradise...
Officially this beach is property of Club Med, the French holiday-giant. However, the beach is open for everybody, as long as you’re not using the hotel facilities like the sunbeds and the watersport facilities. Here at Plage de la Caravelle you’ll find a fine-sand beach, with turqoise-blue water in front of you, palmtrees and catalpa-trees all around and at least in the low-season you’ll have all the space you need!
Only annoying thing here is (when you’re a woman, not in my case) that the ever present salesmen can be pushy, rude and stubborn. As soon as there is a man around, just tell them he’s you boyfriend or husband and they’ll back off.
Good for: Business
Les Saintes, Ste. Anne, Guadeloupe, 97137, Caribbean
Good for: Solo
Lieu-Dit S?O La Pointe De Helleux
Good for: Solo
Pointe du Helleux, Road Beach, SAINTE-ANNE 99900
The most popular restaurant/bar in town. L’Americano is located directly at the seashore and right next to the market (not that much of a market, but that’s the way they call it). It’s always populated with mostly tourists at daytime, and a mixture of tourists and locals at night.
Like all places in Sainte-Anne, the one is not cheap either. For a Coke you pay € 2,40 but for a Ti Punch (the local rhum-cocktail) you pay only € 2,20. When you’re hungry this is also the place to be: pancakes and pizza’s are the specialities here. At Friday nights L’Americano offers live music performed by a local band playing Caribbean music of all genres. The place is crowded on these nights!
L’Americano offers wireless internet. The first half an hour this is for free, but that moment on you pay big money for it: 5 euro’s for the first hour following, and 2 euro’s per hour for every extra hour.
This bar is located along the Boulevard Georges Mandel, at 100 metres east from the exit towards the Plage de Sainte-Anne. This is my personal favourite place to go out. Karibik has sand on the floor, some seats to sit on although most people tend to stand here and play billiard.
The music normally is a mixture of R&B, reggae and other “urban” music, the specialties are a Maracuja-Ti Punch and the Planteur, and the place is still open when all other places have closed already. But the best thing is that this is not a crowded place all the times, so the personnel and all the other guests will recognise you from the second time you visit.
When you are looking for an internet café in Sainte-Anne, thin about the Public Library at the corner of the Place de l’Église. Here you have free internet access! On the eight desktops there are there you will need to schedule this before, since there is a list of who can use it when. But when you have you’re own laptop you’re completely free to go!
There is a friendly guy at the helpdesk who will install the internet connection for you, and from that moment on you have free, unlimited access, with a view over the central square.
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday and Friday from 14:00 to 18:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 again. Closed on Sundays.