Start your day by picking up some fresh baked goods at Ian’s Bakery (opens at 8am) located on the West Coast Road near Baie Lazare. If bakeries aren’t your thing then stop by any convenience/roadside stall or grocery store to pick up some fresh fruit and/or samosas. Also note, if you’re a late riser then you could also check out Lazare Souvenir Museum Gallery which is in the vicinity and sells homemade souvenirs.
Before heading to Intendance Beach you have the option for a little morning hike. Park near Chez Baptista Hotel on Anse Takamaka and if you go behind the hotel you will see a little trail. This is a medium difficulty hike with steep climbing, so good shoes are definitley recommended. The hike takes you to some hidden rock pools which are only recommended to visit during low tide. It is very dangerous during high tide due to there being huge waves which could sweep you out of the rock pools. Make sure to read the tide charts online if not, ask the locals.
After your dip at the rock pools or your snacking of breakfast at Anse Takamaka, make your way to Intendance Beach. We found that the sea was calm during a weekday visit in December but be advised the water tends to be very choppy so again, knowing the tide can be useful. Generally, from May to September it can be especially dangerous. If you’re into big waves, then this is a good place for body surfing and some boogie boarding. Anse Interdance is the most stunning bay on the island. I would recommend going early morning and making sure to leave before the midday rays shine directly on the beach as the trees do not overhang on the beach as much as they do at some of the other beaches.
For lunch follow the south coastal road and stop in at “3 roses Take Away”, where they do a yummy tuna curry. Pick up any dinner picnic items from Enjoy Supermarket in Quatre Bornes. Take your time heading to Police Bay where there are several little beaches along the way to stop off at including, Anse Cachee, Anse Corail, and Anse Bazarca. Pointe Police can be very choppy so be mindful of swimming here. This is a nice spot to collect shells and admire the rolling waves. Sometimes, mostly weekends, there is a man offering rental of kayaks to go through the mangroves. The best part is adventuring to nearby Petite Boileau beach. This is a treasure of a find. You’ll have to walk along an unmarked dirt trail (5-10 mins walk) and cannot access this beach by car. Enjoy this stunning spot with your dinner picnic while watching the surfers practising catching some waves.
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