Location and Access
The approximate 1600 acres, referred to as Grande Anse Estate, are located on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles. The property lies on the north-eastern coast of St. Lucia in the district of Babonneau, about 12 miles east of the bustling capital of Castries. Major tourist attractions and resorts are concentrated in this area of the island. Numerous international airlines and cruise ships transport visitors to its two airports and its ports.
The property is comprised of Grande Anse Estate and D’est D’Hers Estate and is registered. It is bounded by the Marquis (Deveaux) Estate to the north, several smaller estates to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the East and Louvet Estate to the south. The circumference of the property is approximately seven and a half miles.
The property can be accessed via the Castries-Gerand main road, which is not presently in good condition. The last two miles of road leading up to the community of Desbarras are unpaved, and marginal. From the entrance of the property down to the beach, there is a rough, unpaved road which has a rock base. Near the beach, there is an obsolete landing strip for small aircraft constructed about 35 years ago.
Grande Anse comprises approximately 1700 acres of undeveloped land and a one and a quarter mile long sandy beach. The beach is one of the most picturesque and dramatic in St. Lucia, perhaps in the entire Caribbean. The breezy exposure of the Atlantic and the extensive reef creates continuous mesmerizing surf activity. Swimming conditions (undertow) would be mitigated with appropriate engineering, and popular water activities can be offered. Whale and leatherback turtle watching are no exception. Even in its natural state, the beauty of this coastal landscape is truly exceptional. To the south of Grande Anse beach, there is a smaller, more protected cove, Anse Sorciere, which has a sandy beach and about 150 ft in length. (Estate Louvet is not a part of this offering).
This exceptional property is contoured as a natural amphitheater, with mountain ridges on three sides which all focus on the mesmerizing movement of the rolling surf. The highest elevation is about 1200 ft above sea level. From every angle, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the beach. The main valley offers approximately 600 acres of flat land, including about 60 acres of beachfront property.
Three small “rivers” run through the property. Two form lagoons on the Grande Anse Beach, the third runs into the ocean at Anse Sorciere.
Most of the property is forested with coconut palms, other exotic fruit trees and secondary tropical growth. A diversity of lush plant and wildlife can be found on the estate. The beach is an important nesting ground for the giant Leatherback turtle, which lays its eggs during the perod from March to August. The turtles are protected by law, and the “Desbarras Turtle Watch” organized by the community of Desbarras, has become a popular tourist attraction.
The property also contains one of the island’s most significant archeological sites dating back to the period of the Amerindian. An excavation in 1984 by the University of Vienna revealed numerous clay and stone artifacts. The pre-Columbian theme could be optimized in a project design concept.
Due to the ongoing development of the East coast, it is expected that improved roads providing access to the East Coast will be constructed in the foreseeable future. Roads on private land are the responsibility of the land owner. Several old road bases exist on the property. Crushed rock and sand are readily available on site for construction.
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Grande Anse Beach Estate
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Grande Anse Beach Estate
Location of Property
Grande Anse, Saint Lucia