On this island of 6000 people it never feels busy, but if anything feels like the the bright city lights of the island, it is this little village. The bay of Grande Anse is a beautiful, wide sweep of white sand and shallow waters that turn the most wonderful shade of blue, and behind it, hidden amongst the trees is the town of Grande Anse itself.
Here you will find a number of shops and banks, as well as a large local market should you want to buy fresh fish every day. There is a church, a school and playing fields, and a couple of takeaways and restaurants, as well as a supermarket. There are many self catering apartments and villas on this side of the island, making it a good budget location to stay, and a handful of hotels.
The shallow waters mean the beach is not the best for swimming, and like most of the south coast of the island, during the trade winds from May - October there can be a lot of seaweed on the beach which reduces its appeal somewhat
It's still very picturesque though, and at low tide you can walk out across the bay. Many of the hotels here will offer a free shuttle to the north coast beaches of Anse Lazio and Anse Volbert / Cote D'or as the beaches there are superior. It's also very close to the airport - less than five minutes drive.