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    A perfect Little Caribbean island

    A Perfect Little Caribbean Island

    August 15th, 2015 | 12:39 pm




    The best-kept secret in the French Caribbean
    By Alexander Britell
    TERRE-DE-HAUT ó Itís not hard to get here. But itís hard enough.
    Itís a short, twice-daily ferry ride from the tall cliffs of Trois-Rivieres on Guadeloupeís island of Basse-Terre.

    There are flights here, very small flights, into a very small airport.
    Thatís it. Regular trips, consistent trips, but nothing direct and nothing frequent.

    Itís just hard enough to get here that this little fishing village with its own island has retained a peculiar kind of small-island charm.

    It is very French, a slice of Brittany in the West Indies, and also very Caribbean, with rows of Creole-style houses on the main road in town.

    This is the best-kept secret in the French Caribbean, the tucked-away corner of a larger archipelago, Guadeloupe, that has, due to decades without direct US flights, remained hidden away from just about any tourist who doesnít speak French.

    Terre-de-Haut has almost no cars, just a slew of golf carts and solar-powered electric carts and scores of mopeds, driven by tourists and locals alike.
    Indeed, if you come here and donít get one of the rental carts in the first half hour, youíll end up on a moped, or taking long strolls.

    The island, which is part of Guadeloupeís picturesque Les Saintes archipelago-within-an-archipelago, has everything one seeks in a Caribbean island: a robust group of top-level restaurants; just-lively-enough bars serving Tií Punch or champagne; a few art galleries; and, most importantly, some stunning beaches.

    The latter is what brings many travelers here to Pain-du-Sucre, which means Sugar Loaf and is a diminutive version of the famous Sugar Loaf in Brazil; it takes a relatively flat 15 minute hike to get here, but the finish line is worth it ó a rocky bornhardt overlooking a beach so clear it canít be described by any kind of glass or alcoholic beverage. That is true of almost all the coastal water here.

    There are not many hotels, but just enough: Le Bois Joli, the closest thing to a resort, with a beach, a swimming pool, a restaurant and several wings with superb views of the archipelago.

    Then there is the funky Les Petits Saints, a high-design boutique in the hills.
    Above: the view from a room at Le Bois Joli.

    And then my favorite, LoBleu, which is not luxurious by any means but it is clean and kind and seduces you into thinking youíve walked right into the plot of an old summer book. Itís right on the main beach in town, too, usually crowded only by bobbing fishing boats.
    The best room view at Lo Bleu.

    And then there is the food. Smoked marlin. Foie gras. Accras de morue. Magret de canard. A tart-style dessert called tourment díamour. Every meal is greater than the last. And no thatís not travel hyperbole. It is as good as that, or better.

    Youíd think it was the perfect little Caribbean island. Thatís what I think.
    Before I came here, I heard it was like St Barth before it became St Barth.

    Itís just a bit less than 2,000 people, but when you walk the silent streets you feel increasingly confident that it will never become St Barth. And thatís a good thing.
    Because it will remain Terre-de-Haut.

    Adventure, CJ Travel, Experience, News
    "St. Bart's is Crack for Vacations." Credit given to EDW

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    Re: A perfect Little Caribbean island

    Looks perfectly amazing...so quaint and laid back. Will have to add to our bucket list. Nothing will replace St. Barth in our hearts though!

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    Re: A perfect Little Caribbean island

    A very well kept secret. Why is there nothing one sees about it anywhere as it looks beautiful?

    From Wikipedia-

    Terre-de-Haut is a commune in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe, including Terre-de-Haut Islandand a few other small uninhabited islands of the archipelago (les Roches Percťes; őlet ŗ Cabrit; Grand-őlet; la Redonde). It is the most populous island of the archipelago of the les Saintes. The Fort Napolťon is located in this commune.
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    Terre-de-Haut is the most tourist-friendly municipality in les Saintes archipelago, with hotels bungalows, bars and restaurants. There is little formalized activity, but one can tour the restored Fort Napoleon or rent mopeds. Located there is the beautiful Plage de Pompierre beach,[1] as well as small guest-houses, eateries, French-Creole shops, and an active harbour where ferries passengers from Guadeloupe arrive. The local people make a living from fishing and from tourism. Visitors are free to explore without modern-day intrusion. The Euro is coin of the realm, but credit cards are easily accepted. A little airport is built since 1973 and permit to welcome private plane from Guadeloupe and Caribbean islands.

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    Re: A perfect Little Caribbean island

    Visited via Windstar cruise and it really is a jewel! https://cliff.smugmug.com/Travel/Caribbean/Guadeloupe/

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    Re: A perfect Little Caribbean island

    We 1st visited Terre de Haute about 25 yrs ago on a Windstar cruise when WS had only ships with sails, were told then it was what St Barths was years ago before it was discovered. There couple weeks ago on the Pride, year before on the Legend, more stores & charming restaurants, went to same last yr & this. Still nice little island !

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