Starting from St-Joseph you can cherry-pick an itinerary in the hinterland that takes in drowsy hamlets where locals all know each other, green-velvet mountains cloaked in layers of wispy cloud, rolling sugar-cane fields, twisting roads and panoramas to make the heart beat faster.
Follow the picturesque D3 that cuts inland before swinging northwestwards to Manapany-Les-Hauts. You'll pass Bésaves and Les Lianes. You could also drive up to Plaine-des-Grègues (follow the D32, which branches off the D3 in La Croisée), the highest village of the area, which crouches in a bowl of mountains. This village is famed for its plantations of curcuma and vetiver, which are both used in perfumery.