Named after a local species of pelican, Le Gosier is a lively resort town that hugs the south coast of Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe. It’s home to beautiful beaches, waterfront restaurants and a vibrant night market while it also serves as a gateway to the uninhabited islet of Gosier.
Things to do in Le Gosier
Kick back on the fine, white sands of Plage de la Datcha, a family-friendly beach that’s located in the heart of Le Gosier. It’s a popular base for snorkelling and kayaking and is backed by several restaurants where you can dine throughout the day. Plage de la Datcha is a hive of activity during the day and night thanks to its after-dark lighting.
Located directly opposite Plage de la Datcha is the islet of Gosier, which can be accessed by shuttle boats from Le Gosier. Now protected by the Coastal Conservatory, it offers sweeping views of Grand-Terre. Dominating the southern end of the islet is the whitewashed Phare de l'îlet du Gosier.
Coincide your visit to Le Gosier with the Friday night market, which sees two of the town’s main streets lined with stalls selling tropical fruits, handicrafts and ready-to-eat snacks. Alternatively, attend a service a the Eglise Catholique Saint-Louis au Gosier to hear traditional hymns being sung in Creole. If you’re travelling with kids, they can let off steam in the playground of Parc Paysager du Calvaire, which overlooks the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Getting around Le Gosier
Le Gosier is around 10 minutes’ drive from Pointe-a-Pitre and one hour from Basse-Terre. Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport is 15 minutes away and has flights to destinations across the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Buses travel through Le Gosier and connect most of its attractions.