Les Saintes

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Les Saintes
An archipelago within an archipelago is an astonishing fact to grasp in itself, but Les Saintes, made up for nine islets– with only two occupied–is full of surprises. Hop on a daily ferry ride south from Trois-Rivieres in Basse-Terre to this gorgeous set of offshore islands–consisting of the main inhabited Terre-de-Haut, and a smaller Terre-de-Bas. They hug a stunning aquamarine bay dotted with sailboats and hugged by coral reefs. These islands offer a perfect marriage between an old Caribbean-like setting–secluded beaches, forts, towering palm trees–and a chic French village lifestyle. Streets are car-free on Les Saintes, its winding roads to be explored on electric scooters, on foot, or its waters by sailing catamaran. Hike to Fort Napoleon for a breathtaking panoramic view over Les Saintes Bay, sample some of Guadeloupe’s best French and Creole fusion restaurants, shop the boutiques for French fashions and local jewelry, or go diving off the bluffs for underwater discoveries.
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