This charmingly sleepy spot has just the right blend of traditional fishing village and good selection of eating and drinking options to keep visitors happy. There’s a sweet little beach framed by green hills all around, but as Deshaies is a working fishing port, the best beach for swimming and sunbathing is at nearby Grande Anse.
The busy town of Ste-Anne sees a lot of tourists but the big resorts are well hidden and there’s a good balance of amenities for tourists and authentic modern village life. It has a seaside promenade along the west side of town, a lively market and a fine white-sand beach stretching along the east side.
Lying 10km off Guadeloupe is Terre-de-Haut, the largest of the eight small islands that make up Les Saintes. Since the island was too hilly and dry for sugar plantations, slavery never took hold here. Consequently, the older islanders still trace their roots to the early seafaring Norman and Breton colonists and many of the locals have light skin and blond or red hair.
If a refuge from the troubles of the world is what you seek, look no further: Marie-Galante is your answer. Marie-Galante is a rural and agricultural island beloved by those who enjoy the quieter pleasures in life and particularly by beach-lovers who want to escape the crowds.