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The Saintes

Iles des Saintes; Ilet Cabrit

This uninhabited island is located just off of Guadeloupe and is part of the French West Indies. It’s located in the island chain referred to as The Saintes. 
There is a nice beach and plenty of well maintained mooring balls
and an anchorage that has an unobscured view of the sunsets.  

 The beach has a Bar-B-Que area and shady picnic tables, but the only way to get here is by boat. So, the island is usually pretty quiet and we usually had it all to ourselves.  

 Hiking is excellent on the island and we took a couple of hours to explore ever nook and cranny. 

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Map of the hiking trails

Ruins of the battery on the Western side of the island.   


Some more views walking to the East side of the island looking at Terre d’en Haut.

Sail Pending on her mooring ball.
The goats greeting us to their home.

Tyler trying to get the goats to come to him


The viewsin every direction were stunning.    

view towards Terre den Haut. ^ above

below top, view of Terre den Bas  


Ruins of Fort Josephine

We ended up spending 5 days total at this island. It was a great place to decompress and relax and it was still close to shopping and fresh baguettes (wink). 

We would enjoy spending more time here too, but we have to keep moving South to get below (or near) 10 degrees North Latitude before “H” season starts. Next stop, the island country of Dominica!!! 

Iles des Saintes; Terre d’en Haut. 

Iles des Saintes are located about 10 miles off the Southern coast of Gaudeloupe.  

 This group of islands are made up of 7 different islands, two of which are habited and the others are not. Bourg des Saintes is the town on the island of Terre d’en Haut, and this is where we rented our car and drove around this charming island.  

The island is not very big and our goal is to drive on every road that the island has, starting with the town of Bourg de Saintes.  

 Then we travel up the hill towards Pain a’ Sucre and saw this spectacular view of the harbor.  


We ran across an old ruin with a couple very friendly goats that came to greet us as soon as we pulled in. 

Just another stunning view as we were driving around. 

Ilet a Cabrit (close) and Guadeloupe (far)
Below is the beach at the western edge of the island by Pt. Dubois Joli 
Then we had to drive back into town and head towards the Southern side of the island. Our next stop was Plage de Figuier.     
Next stop, Grand Anse; a large beach with breaking waves on the Southeastern coast.  
   One of the most unique things at this beach was the different workout stations that were installed for the public to use for free. So, we all had to try them out and get a little exercise.   


 After a good work out it was time to expire Fort Napolean, which sits atop of the 325′ hill looking North towards Guadeloupe.   

  The fort is designed to be hidden from the sea. It is built into the mountain and surrounded by a dry moate.   

Inside the fortified walls were different buildings. 

 The views from the fort were absolutely amazing!!!    

Looking East into Marigot (above); below, looking south into Bourg des Saintes

  After the fun day driving around the island we were tired and hungry. We met up with Escape Claws for dinner in town.   
The Frech islands are amazing places to eat out. The food is as good as eating in France, if not better, because of the influence of Caribbean spices, attitude and culture.  

Foie Gras and Smoked Fish

Stay tuned…. Next we’ll tour Ilet Cabrit, an uninhabited island North West of Terre d’en Haut. 

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