Guadeloupe is made up of several islands and islets, the largest being Grand-Terre and Basse-Terre, and others include the Saintes islands, Marie-Galante and Désirade. Explore these islands at their best by following a sailing route around Guadeloupe, and discover the most beautiful sites such as Pompiere beach, the mountain of Pain du Sucre, Fort Napoléon, the Bielle rum distillery and the Petite Terre lagoon amongst many others!
Given that the wind generally comes from the east, when leaving port Pointe-à-Pitre, on Grand-Terre, it is advisable to head towards Marie-Galante, which is 20 miles away. You will arrive to the north of the island, by the Saint-Louis beach. You will easily be able to find an anchoring spot close to the beach or the town of Saint Louis. Then, you will set sail towards the west of Marie-Galante, along the coast, downwind, and will reach the town of Grand-Bourg where you can find plenty of mooring points close to the beach.
Set sail in the direction of Petite-Terre, connected to the island of Désirade, an hour and a half from Marie-Galante. Here you will find exceptional flora and fauna as the island is a designated nature reserve. You might spot sharks, sting rays, lobsters, turtles, dolphins and also giant hermit crabs and iguanas.
After Petite-Terre, your next stop on the journey around Guadeloupe is in the direction of the islands of Saintes. You will need to sail approximately 35 miles to reach these 2 islands. The Saintes are formed of a group of islets, 2 of which are inhabited – Terre-de-Haut and Terre-Bas. Terre-de-Haut is a very popular tourist spot, and you can discover lots of traditional businesses and taste local produce, including the famous “tourments d’amour”, small cakes stuffed with coconut. Also don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy some of the many idyllic beaches such as Pain de Sucre and Pompiere. Terre-de-Bas is a wild, mostly uninhabited island with very few tourists. There are many beautiful untouched creeks and coves around the island which you can explore for yourself.
Your sailing trip in Guadeloupe draws to a close, and you will need to return to Pointe-à-Pitre. It is about 22 miles from the Saintes islands to Pointe-à-Pitre, Before returning, take a quick detour to the island of Gosier. A small islet 45 minutes from the port which has many lively and delicious restaurants.
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