From Port-Louis to Anse Laborde (1st stage)

From Port-Louis to Anse Laborde (1st stage)

Coastline and cliff
Cultural and architectural heritage
North Grande-Terre circular trail
Pond and wetland
Relaxation area
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The first of the three stages of the Grande-Terre Northern Loop: from Port-Louis (Beauport) to Anse-Bertrand (Anse Laborde), passing the coast of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin.
Take the Loop's hiking trails to explore the riches of North Grande-Terre !

26 points of interest

  • History

    Beauport factory

    The Beauport factory, established in 1863 on the site of the Beauport sugar-works, over 70 years managed more than 8000 hectares in northern Grande-Terre, and fed a dynamic network of railway lines.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Chapelle de la Piéta

    200m north of the road, the Chapelle de la Piéta, can be found inside the mill of the Beauport residence.
  • History


    An ancient dispensary, built by Ali Tur after the cyclone in 1928.
  • History

    Port-Louis Mairie

    The Port-Louis Mairie (Town Hall), originally built on the coastline and destroyed in 1928, was rebuilt by Corbin during the 1930s.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    'Yang-Ting' mansion

    The historic Yang-Ting mansion, restored by the Port-Louis Tourism Office.
  • History

    Palais de Justice

    The former Palais de Justice, built by Ali Tur in the early 1930s, on the site of the old Mairie (town hall).
  • History

    Main Boulevard

    Boulevard de Port-Louis, historical axis of the town since the eighteenth century.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Eglise de Port-Louis

    The Church and its square, originally built in 1725, destroyed three times in the nineteenth century,but always rebuilt in the same place.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Lighthouse of Port-Louis

    The lighthouse, symbol of Port-Louis harbour.
  • Area of relaxation

    Plage du Souffleur

    The Plage du Souffleur, a historical area in Port-Louis and famous seaside centre in Guadeloupe.
  • Pond

    'Chimen Kas Moustach'

    Route of the Conservatoire du Littoral Tras Kas Moustach, to explore the Port-Louis marshes, joins the main axis at the Pointe des Mangles.
    Beware : access not recommended to the boardwalk (currently damaged).
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Cimetière de Port-Louis

    The Port-Louis cemetery with its variety of graves. The car-park at Port-Louis cemetery, heading northwards along the beach, joins on to that of the Conservatoire du Littoral 'Tras Kas Moustach'.
  • Viewpoint

    Pointe des Mangles

    The Pointe des Mangles, where the sea and the waters of the marsh come together.
    A fishing spot, but also a spiritual 'démaré' (rebirth) bathing area, not far from the ornithological hide.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage


    The chapel of Notre Dame des Marais, or 'Chapèl Kilibwa', is one of a network of coastal chapels of the Côte sous le Vent in north Grande-Terre.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Batterie Pointe d'Antigue

    The buried remains of the old battery of Pointe d'Antigue, the advanced defence post of Port-Louis harbour.
  • Viewpoint

    Pointe d’Antigue

    Pointe d’Antigue or 'Gros Kay', a strategic rocky peak and unique viewpoint embracing the whole 'Gran V', the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage


    Secondary circuit around the Saint-Pierre residence, a large coastal housing area to the north of the marshes.
  • Area of relaxation

    Anse Colas

    Anse Colas, a lagoon set in a rocky inlet is an area for meeting up and relaxing, at the border of the Anse-Bertrand and Port-Louis areas.
  • Pond

    La Mare Indigo

    La Mare Indigo, a stone's throw from the coast, is a witness to the human resonance between savanna, undergrowth and gardens.
    (Mare Indigo can be seen 150m to the east of the main path)
  • Area of relaxation

    Plage de La Chapelle

    The Plage de la Chapelle, lively and welcoming, was the historical start of the Anse in the eighteenth century (traces of the original religious foundation remain).
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Ancienne prison

    The former prison, built on the eve of the abolition of slavery in the middle of the nineteenth century, is located on the Boulevard, in the historic fishermen's district.
  • Pond

    Ravine Sable

    Ravine Sable, anchor point of the cove's maritime culture, benefits from both its valuable wetlands and the rich birdlife, at the foot of the cliffs.
    NB: ornithological observatory on the area (opened on October 2017 by the Anse-Bertrand Community and the National Park)
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Cimetières d’Anse-Bertrand

    The two cemeteries in Anse-Bertrand are temporal markers of the coastal development of its past.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Eglise d'Anse-Bertrand

    The Church and its square, the heart of the town opening out to the 'cove at Bertrand'.
  • History

    Débarcadère d'Anse-Bertrand

    The old water-tanks, or ways of storing water, and the former landing stage are relics of the maritime relations between the town, Port-Louis and Pointe-à-Pitre, still in use at the beginning of the twentieth century.
  • Area of relaxation

    Anse Laborde

    Anse Laborde, a renowned seaside cove, starting point of the northern cliffs.
    It is bordered by the Pointe de la Petite Vigie, advanced sentinel of the urban stretch of water.


Hiking trail colour : yellow.
From the site of Beauport ('cane country'), this first stage passes through the village of Port-Louis, then goes to the Plage du Souffleur; from here, it follows the Port-Louis / Anse-Bertrand coastal path (Lavolvaine + Pointe Plate trails).
Arriving at Plage de La Chapelle, cross the village of Anse-Bertrand then head north towards Anse Laborde, the destination for this first stage.
Source of information: Discours interprétatif de la Boucle du nord Grande-Terre - CANGT / AVPMC J.Barfleur, 2016.
For more information on the Grande-Terre Northern Loop, go to:
  • Departure : Port-Louis, site of Beauport.
  • Arrival : Anse-Bertrand, Anse Laborde beach.
  • Towns crossed : Port-Louis and Anse-Bertrand

Altimetric profile


Be careful when walking along or crossing the road (beware of traffic).
The northern Grand Terre coastline has many sea turtle nesting sites: please respect the beaches !
As Guadeloupe is prone to natural risks, extra care should be taken in this natural environment. For the benefit of all hikers, responsible behaviour is very important.
Warning : the parking and swimming areas are not supervised.

Information desks

Access and parking

Starting point : Lat : 16v41572°N - Long : 61,51445°W.
Between the villages of Port Louis and Petit-Canal, on the RN6:  take the direction of the school and the site of Beauport. Follow the waymark 'Beauport, pays de la canne'.

Parking :

Port-Louis, site of Beauport.


A picnic 'carbet' suitable for people with reduced mobility is to be found on the Plage du Souffleur at Port-Louis.
Emergency number :114

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