What to do in Les Saintes
It was so interesting coming ashore in Terre-de-Haut, the main island of Îles des Saintes (or Les Saintes). These islands are just off Guadeloupe, which is a French overseas territory in the Caribbean. Suddenly, everyone around us was either French or speaking French! Luckily we are all fluent enough to get around. Or so I thought!
We found a taxi/local tour guy to take us on a little tour around the island. I’d read that it’s small enough to walk around, but you’d need quite a while and it’s VERY hilly! There are some little electric golf cart-type things but they’re only for two people. And apparently even they struggle to get up the hills! Dad wanted to visit Fort Napoléon (of course he did), a 19th-century structure overlooking the bay. I was desperate to get to Pain de Sucre, an apparently gorgeous little beach with amazing snorkeling. So we asked the taxi driver to take us to Fort Napoléon for a quick tour and then drop us at Pain de Sucre (at the other end of the island), where we could spend a few hours enjoying the water.
Suffice to say, all did not go according to plan. After waiting around for a good 30 mins for the ‘tour’ to depart, we set off with a few other tourists and drove around, up and down the hills. We got some great views across the bay. Then the taxi driver pointed out the steep, craggy path down to Pain de Sucre! That’s when I realized that ‘our tour’ didn’t fit in with his set plan! However, we quickly realized that getting a taxi back from this part of the island would be tricky (I don’t think they have Uber 😉 ) so we didn’t argue the point.
He eventually dropped us of at the fort and said he’d be back to pick us up in about two hours (horrified face!). When I protested, he assured us that there was so much to see in the fort and the gardens that it was the perfect amount of time. Dad was thrilled, as you can imagine.
I enjoyed the view from the fort more than the fort itself 🙂
Mum and I enjoyed a walk around the town later that afternoon, popping into some of the little boutiques around the waterfront. There were some very cute, but very pricey, beachwear and swimsuits.
Interested in a Wind Star or Wind Surf cruise, or just want to find out about the islands on the itinerary? Read my posts on Sint Maarten, Barbuda, Domenica, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Barts, and St Martin.