Marie-Galante is a delightfully undeveloped island beloved by those who enjoy life's quieter pleasures and particularly by beach bums who want to escape the crowds. Compared with the archipelago’s other islands, Marie-Galante is relatively flat, its dual limestone plateaus rising only 150m, but even if it doesn't enjoy a dramatic landscape, it has knockout beaches, some fascinating old buildings, and top-notch eating and sleeping options. Plan at least two full days here to do the island justice.
There are three settlements: Grand-Bourg is the commercial and administrative center, while the other two villages, Capesterre on the southeastern coast and St-Louis on the northern coast, are both dreamily laid-back fishing ports with good beaches nearby. However, as the island can be crossed in half an hour and nearly everyone hires a car, it makes little difference where you decide to base yourself.