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Anse de Grande Saline
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Owner description: Watch out prudes, this beach is not for the shy: nude sunbathing is the norm at this beach.
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Gorgeous beach!!! We went to this one several times on our stay. It definitely has the option of being a fully nude beach, so beware haha! Saline had a great feel to it and was probably the most quiet and un-crowded beach we came upon.

1  Thank Amy H
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"parking lot"
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"beautiful beach"
in 35 reviews
"short hike"
in 8 reviews
"favorite beach"
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"grain de sel"
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"nude sunbathing"
in 6 reviews
"caribbean beach"
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"white sand"
in 10 reviews
"body surfing"
in 5 reviews
"bring your own"
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"au naturel"
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"entire beach"
in 3 reviews
"during our stay"
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"heaven on earth"
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"plenty of space"
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"an umbrella"
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"st barths"
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Our favorite of the beaches we visited in St. Barth! The advertised walk there is much less daunting that what you will read. We did it in about 5 minutes in flip flops.
While Colombier is the prettiest, Saline we believe is second and because of the ease of getting there compared to the hike to Colombier, it became our favorite. The water is very nice for swimming and you will see some nudity. If this is a problem, you will want to steer clear.

1  Thank GoTigerz
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We had been based on St. Martin/SInt Maarten and visited Anguilla and St. Barths visiting beaches on all three islands. Beautiful beaches all, each with a particular characteristic. Even in the low season that was June, Orient Bay might be considered cosmopolitan, relatively busy and evoking the Côte d'Azur or French Riviera for some. Little Bay in Sint Maarten was occupied by 2 resorts. Neighboring Great Bay was the beachfront of Philipsburg and was lined by the boardwalk but was overshadowed by the commercial activity going on downtown. Intimate Shell Beach in Gustavia had its honest-to-goodness intact shells underfoot as well as the fun restaurant Do Brazil overlooking it all. Anguilla's Shoal Beach came the closest to that sense of being natural and relatively undeveloped; but even there we had a restaurant and loungers/umbrellas on the beach and houses could be seen on the promontory to our west.

The French term "au naturel" would connote "a natural state" but this term - in the artistic sense - also means "naked" and it would seem both translations would apply to Grande Saline Beach based on the comments of some fellow TA reviewers. Unlike at Orient Bay we did not see any nude beachgoers in Grand Saline, but the weather was unfortunately quite lousy and not conducive for the clothing-optional crowd.

In fact there were no crowds whatsoever which contributed to the feeling being in a isolated and untouched part of the island. it was not the easiest beach to get to (in contrast to Shell Beach, for example). As we came down from the hillside we passed salt-flats on the left and a few buildings on the right including the well-rated Le Grain de Sel which was closed that day. These now-abandoned extensive salt-flats are what gave the place its name. There was a short hike from the parking lot, first along what looked like a private, paved road. At a T-junction we turned left onto a sandy path that turned rocky and uneven as we climbed a small rise. Before the climb we passed a colored painting on tile entitled "Saline" The slope was fairly steep but short. It was easy to see how difficult it would be to haul coolers and umbrellas over this hill.

At the crest of the rise the path turned to all-sand again and offered a panoramic view of the expansive beach. The waves were pretty strong so we did not venture out into the water. We were aware that there were no life-guards. In fact, none of the beaches on these islands are manned by lifeguards so be sure to take appropriate precautions. It was very peaceful. There were no sailing yachts or motorboats off shore. The sand was fine, soft, and a pleasure to walk in. Other than the wind blowing through the cove and waves crashing on the shore the only other sound was the cooing of a Zenaida dove, similar to a Mourning dove. We came across a large ground lizard sunning on the rocks, a tortoise crossing the path and Black-headed Laughing gulls floating in the salt flats.

It may not have been the most beach-friendly weather that day but it was a beautiful beach to visit nonetheless.

Thank ImmerWandern
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

No shops, no bars, no music, no stores, no huts, no nothing.

Just the most beautiful, clean, peacefully serene beach you've ever visited. Secluded, short, and amazingly picturesque.

1  Thank Tibbets R
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Parking is not as close as Gouverneur Beach so you have a bit of a walk over somewhat rough terrain. It is not bad, but just don't be surprised by it. Those carrying coolers might have a tough time here vs Gouverneur. We had umbrella and chairs in carry sacks and had no problem. The beach is wide and the water fantastic. No services or facilities, but there are a few lunch spots right by the parking lot. The day/time we were there, the shore sloped easily into the water, providing more space for wading in and the waves were easier too versus Gouverneur.

Thank Chris K
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