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This isn't the greatest beach, but it is definitely a convenient place to stop either before or... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sleepy Hollow, New York
No luck snorkeling, scenic beach

We struck out in trying to snorkel close to the beach and couldn't rent a kayak day of to visit the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This isn't the greatest beach, but it is definitely a convenient place to stop either before or after taking a dive boat to the Jacques Cousteau reserve. The surf seemed a little murky (perhaps because of the almost-black sand), so we didn't try snorkeling here....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Yoritomo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We struck out in trying to snorkel close to the beach and couldn't rent a kayak day of to visit the island nearby. We still found a great spot to swim and relax, next to a crepe stand, and the beach had all the amenities...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Next to Malendure, small volcanic sand beach ideal for snorkelling with hawksbill turtles and green turtles! Amazing to watch them graze and come back up for air. No plastic!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Poupet8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were thrilled that there are still turtles here, although apparently Hurricane Maria damaged the sea grass. We snorkeled off the far right side of the beach (facing the ocean). We saw about 4 large sea turtles, and one smaller (juvenile?) turtle. There was also...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank xarcadia
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

We spent a day here joining the scuba/snorkeling trips. Very nice diving, good guides and a nice atmosphere. We saw green turtles (tortoise?) feeding, we swam with schools of fish of many kinds. My family is now sold on diving!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kair705
Reviewed March 15, 2018

The beach is a starting point for various boat trips and this is hurting the experience of swimming there and also given the crowds is not always the cleanest. Finding a parking sport might also be a pain especially if you come later in the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank LaraKZ
Reviewed February 22, 2018

Until recently it was a good snorkelling spot as the sea grass attracted lots of turtles to the waters by this beach. Unfortunately, after 2017 hurricanes the grass is gone (or covered with sand?), and so were the turtles. Hopefully it will recover, but as...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Eugene B
Reviewed February 22, 2018

There are many prettier beaches on Basse Terre, so Malendure would not be a first choice. However, there are shops, cafes, the glass bottom boat to Pigeon Island, so there's a lot to do. Also, the water is more shallow and calm than in some...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Katie F
Reviewed January 26, 2018

We visited this beach 4 times during our 11 day stay in Bouillante. The sand is medium-dark grey (not black). There's a lot of broken glass and trash mixed in the sand. The water clarity varied depending on the amount of rain. When it was...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank critney2017
Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most famous beaches on Basse Terre, but for me it was a complete disappointment: dirty, overcrowded, impossible parking, commercial. If you want to visit reserve Cousteau, then take an organised boat trip, this beach gives you nothing special

Date of experience: January 2018
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Tips for English-speaking Families Visiting Guadeloupe Pt. 2 (1 Replies)
First post dealt with restaurants. This one deals with travel and attractions on Basse Terre. You can get by without knowing French if you bring some phrasebooks, but you will have to speak French most of the time. In general, attractions do not have any signs, brochures, or maps in English or English-speaking guides. While many people speak a little English, they usually won't start in English. It helps if you try to use your phrasebook and speak in French first and then most will try to...More
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Response fromrebelatheart|
Those are excellent reviews. I lived on Guadeloupe for 8 years and everything you describe is accurate. People really are friendly, but you have to take the first step as they are usually a little reserved. I hope these reviews help future visitors, because in spite of an under developed tourist-infrastructure and the fact that not many people speak English, this is a gorgeous island with plenty to offer for all.