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  • Saint François is the second largest seaside resort on the island after Le Gosier. It was developed in the 1970s, at the far end of the southern coast of Grande-Terre, facing the Atlantic ocean. At the marina : shops, entertainment and tourist restaurants. At the old port : moored fishing boats and small old fashioned wooden huts and roofs made from palm groves where punch is offered and lobster sauce ...
    © Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
  • Saint-François is one of Guadeloupe's biggest seaside resort towns. It owes its popularity to its golf course, casino and beaches.
    © Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
  • The town is a fishing port with a marina, providing a departure point for Les Saintes, Marie Galante, La Désirade and Petite Terre.
    © Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
  • Bathing in Saint François is very pleasant, as it is protected from ocean currents by a coral reef.
    © Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
  • © Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
  • © Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
  • © Philippe Turpin / age fotostock
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination The islands of Guadeloupe

Saint François is the second largest seaside resort on the island after Le Gosier. It was developed in the 1970s, at the far end of the southern coast of Grande-Terre, facing the Atlantic ocean. At the marina : shops, entertainment and tourist restaurants. At the old port : moored fishing boats and small old fashioned wooden huts and roofs made from palm groves where punch is offered and lobster sauce is served at a very reasonable price.
Worth knowing: Saint-François has the only golf course of 18 holes in Guadeloupe, designed by Robert Trent Jones.

St François: what to do?

The trips that are most often offered are a mini-cruise for a whole day on a catamaran sailing to the island destination of the Saintes, Marie Galante, or Petite Terre. On Grande-Terre : a one day trip to Pointe-à-Pitre through the mangrove, a day trip in 4X4 along the north coast, very wild, between sugar cane fields and old windmills. On Basse-Terre : one day in 4X4 on the theme of nature (rain forest, excursion to the foot of the Soufrière volcano, the Carbet waterfalls, bathing in a waterfall); a day by 4X4 (visit a rum distillery and a banana grove).

Saint François is the second largest seaside resort on the island after Le Gosier. It was developed in the 1970s, at the far end of the southern coast of Grande-Terre, facing the Atlantic ocean. At the marina : shops, entertainment and tourist restaurants. At the old port : moored fishing boats and small old fashioned wooden huts and roofs made from palm groves where punch is offered and lobster sauce is served at a very reasonable price.

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St François: the key figures

Surface area : 1704.0 km2

Population : 444515 inhabitants

  • The pleasant mixture of a standard "classic tourist seaside resort " and of Creole tradition.
  • The beautiful public beaches of Salines and Raisins Clairs. The latter, particularly popular amongst the local people of Guadeloupe at the weekend, has beautiful and harmless waves.
  • The resort's beaches, of a pretty disappointing size and decoration (moderately maintained, loosely arranged), but large public beaches are just a few minutes by car (see "More information"), which are more pleasant but not always better maintained.

Reminders

Remember to be careful on the roads. Do not forget your sunscreen and a hat.

To avoid

The hurricane season (September-October) should be avoided .

St François: what to eat?

The main dish is the colombo. You will eat a lot of chicken. For starters, accras cod, boots Creole. Coconut milk is also part of Caribbean cuisine.

St François: what to buy?

You can bring back some rum, punch, madras fabrics, spices, exotic flowers, latania crafts and a CD by zouk.

St François Reviewedhotels
  • 7.55 /10
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    Golf Marine
    St François - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Golf Marine is a small unpretentious hotel. Good value for ...

  • 7.45 /10
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    La Cocoteraie
    St François - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    La Cocoteraie is one of the most elegant hotels on the island. ...

  • 7.4 /10
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    Manganao
    St François - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Paladien Manganao is without doubt a family club. It has ...

  • 7.1 /10
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    Domaine de May
    St François - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel Hotel 2 Etoile(s)

    The Domaine de May is a convivial hotel in the heart of a lush ...

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