Contrary to what its name means, Porte D'Enfer (Hell gate) is considered by many as paradise: Lagoon, forest, waves crashing on cliffs, pinnacle... A nice break from the beautiful white sand beaches of Guadeloupe's Grande Terre island.
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Porte d'enfer Lagoon
The Porte d'Enfer Lagoon is a long and, in proportion, narrow arm of water entering into the land. It creates a nice beach with turquoise warm waters. More adventurous visitors can hike to the mouth of the lagoon and then along the coast line to 2 maritime geysers: Trou de Madame Coco and Trou du Souffleur.
TIPS FOR TRAVEL PLANNING ADDICTS - Porte d'Enfer Lagoon
Getting to Porte d'Enfer
- Located on the East coast of Grande Terre Island between Le Moule and the Northen tip (Pointe de la Vigie)
- On D122, stop either at the Porte d'Enfer Parking and walk to the beach and the beginning of the trails or drive 1 minute further north to the panoramique viewpoint.
Visiting Porte d'Enfer
- Many options: relax at the beach, walk to along the lagoon (1hour return with plenty of picture) or hike to the maritime geysers (3 to 4 hours return)
- If you choose to walk, wear good shoes, the rocks can be sharp
- Many of mosquitoes make sure you use repellent
- facilities to eat and restaurant just accross from the parking
Lagoon entrance from the viewpoint
The views from above are stunning: you can discover the incredible shapes that moves inland
The end of the lagoon
The lagoon is sometimes infested by brown alguae but it is still a beautiful spot, very peaceful.
Walking towards the entrance
I enjoyed the variation in atmosphere between the beach and the entrance of the lagoon. From quiet shallow waters to roaring waves. The force of the water has created pools on the rocks, so be careful when walking.
The entrance to the lagoon
As I walked closer to the entrance, the waves were quite impressive rushing in the arm and crushing agains the cliffs. I loved every minute of it. I like earing them roaring, watching them spread in the air, and feeling the mist on my skin.
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More paradise than hell, don't you think?
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