Sainte-Claire Beach to the south of Goyave

Location of the commune (in red) within Guadeloupe
Coordinates: 16°08′N 61°34′W / 16.13°N 61.57°W / 16.13; -61.57Coordinates: 16°08′N 61°34′W / 16.13°N 61.57°W / 16.13; -61.57
Country France
Overseas region and department Guadeloupe
Arrondissement Basse-Terre
Canton Goyave
  Mayor Jean Laguerre
Area1 59.91 km2 (23.13 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 7,999
  Density 130/km2 (350/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97114 / 97128

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Goyave is a commune in the French overseas region and department of Guadeloupe, in the Lesser Antilles. It is part of the urban area of Pointe-à-Pitre, the largest metropolitan area in Guadeloupe.


The parish of Goyave was founded in 1684 under the name of “Sainte-Anne de la petite rivière à Goyave” (Saint Anne of the little river at Guava). Guavas that grow abundantly beside the rivers in this area led the town to adopt its name. Slave labor was commonly used here, when slavery was legal in France, and there were many public executions of rebel slaves here.


Goyave is located on the eastern part of Basse-Terre Island and the southern section of Goyave is near the Goyave River. Goyave is near Pointe de la Riviere a Goyave and Goyave stretches out along the coast of Petit Cul de Sac Marin. Goyave is on very fertile soil.


The commune gets its name from the large numbers of guava trees (goyave is the French for guava), which run alongside the river flowing from the mountain. In agriculture, the sugar cane culture has been replaced by bananas and by aquaculture.


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