Photo by Lebawit Lily Girma
There’s one thing locals agree on: Marie-Galante is the “real” Guadeloupe. Daily ferries whisk visitors and residents back and forth to this island, forty minutes away across occasionally choppy waters. But it’s worth it. You would be hard pressed to find an equally charming island where an agricultural way of life continues to dominate. On Marie-Galante, more farmers ride ox-drawn carts on roads than buses, and the most pristine beaches are here–uncrowded, secluded and brilliant white like Plage Vieux Fort, lining turquoise waters. The food is traditionally creole, cooked from the heart and served with pride in homes turned dining rooms, while the rhum distilleries are considered the best in Guadeloupe.
By Lebawit Lily Girma, AFAR Local Expert
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