Last November, I seized the opportunity to travel to the Guadeloupe Islands archipelago.
One of the highlights of my visit was a side trip to Les Saintes, a cluster of seven islands, located seven miles south off the coast of mainland Guadeloupe. In essence, an archipelago within an archipelago.
Les Saintes’ idyllic plots—two of which are inhabited Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas—are accessible only by boat, via a 40-minute ferry ride.
Together, these islands represent what I imagine the Caribbean was decades ago: a place with more bicycles than vehicles, where chain resorts are absent, where going barefoot is a real proposition and not just a marketing gimmick, and where unpaved dirt paths lead to uncrowded, clean beaches.
Throw in a French way of life—think bakeries, leisurely sidewalk lunches, funky French designer beachwear boutiques, French cuisine >> alongside the Creole—and this archipelago is well worth the journey if you find yourself in the eastern Caribbean.
As a follow up to my recent feature on Les Saintes published in New York Magazine, here are images of life across this wonderful, little-known archipelago.
My visit to Les Saintes was made possible by the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.