Grand Anse means “Big Bay” in French Creole and there are a number of Grand Anse’s in the Caribbean. The approximate one and a quarter mile long sandy beach is one of the most picturesque and dramatic in St. Lucia, perhaps in the entire Caribbean. The straight mile of golden sand is an anomaly on the Atlantic coast of the island which is known for its dramatic elevation changes, cliffs, coves, and other inlets. Grande Anse comprises approximately 1,600 acres of stunning, undeveloped land. The cool Trade Winds of the Atlantic and the extensive reef creates a continuous mesmerizing surf. The extraordinary beauty of this coastal landscape is truly breath-taking.
The Grande Anse property is contoured as a natural amphitheater, with mountain ridges on three sides which all focus on the expansive ocean activity. Significant mitigating engineering will be required for SAFE swimming. From every angle, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the beach. The highest elevation is about 1200 ft above sea level. The main valley offers hundreds of acres of flat land, including about 60 acres of beachfront property (known as the “Queen’s Chain”). Three small watersheds run through the property, two form lagoons on the Grande Anse Beach. Most of the property is forested with secondary tropical growth as well as coconut palms and exotic fruit trees. A diversity of lush plant and wildlife can be found on the estate.
The North-East Coast has been branded the Iyanola region – The Land Where Iguanas Live, St. Lucia’s original name. Four different species of marine turtles – loggerhead, green, leatherback and hawksbill turtles — nest on Grand Anse beach. The giant Leatherback turtle lays its eggs during the period from March to August. The turtles are protected by law, and the “Desbarras Turtle Watch” is organized by the community of Desbarras. The turtle nesting and conservation of these rare animals can become a key attraction for visitors and researchers. The area is also a bird-watchers paradise; species such as the white breasted thrasher and the St. Lucia nightjar are commonly found here. Furthermore, the property contains one of the island’s most significant archeological sites dating back to the period of the Amerindians. The pre-Columbian theme could be incorporated into a project design concept which has not yet been done on St. Lucia.