Les Saintes is one of the smallest and quietest of the islands which make up the archipelago of Guadaloupe. Charming villages of pretty cottages are scattered throughout the interior of this tranquil tropical island paradise. The white sand beaches are perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and other water-based activities or visitors can watch the local fishermen in their open boats called “saintoises” catching fish as they have for centuries. With delicious Creole cuisine and year-round sunshine, a holiday villa in Les Saintes is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the Caribbean.
The beautiful beaches such as Grande Anse offer soft sands for sunbathing and strolling, and clear warm waters for snorkeling and scuba diving. Dining out around your holiday home on Les Saintes is a wonderful experience for gourmets with the tasty Creole cuisine based upon the fresh local seafood. Surprisingly, Guadeloupeans drink even more champagne than their french counterparts as well as creating some delicious cocktails from the locally produced rum, which are all waiting to be sampled as part of your Guadaloupe vacation experience. Other activities around your vacation villa on Les Saintes include canoeing, 4x4 treks, horseback riding, ox-drawn cart rides and hiking in the tropical rainforest. Cruising, game fishing, kite sailing and windsurfing are also available on these crystal clear seas.
Pointe-a-Pitre is in the centre of the “butterfly” between the Grande-Terre and Haut Terre islands. This commercial capital has been rebuilt several times and offers museums, markets, an interesting port and some lovely island architecture. Terre-de-Haut is a popular spot for visitors as its gorgeous bay of clear aquamarine waters and sugarloaf mountain backdrop make it very scenic. Visit the Napoleon Fort and Museum which tells the surprisingly turbulent history of Les Saintes. Walk down to Terre-de-Bas and the site of the former pottery or explore the tiny village of Petite-Anse. Another popular day trip is a visit to the Aquarium de la Guadeloupe to see the amazing array of marine life which inhabits these clear warm waters.
Holiday villas in Les Saintes generally enjoy warm weather all year round with temperatures ranging from 28-31°C (82-88°F). The islands have a rainy season from June to October although showers can occur at any time of year.
Visitors to Guadaloupe generally arrive by air into the main Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) International Airport which is located on the west side of Grande-Terre. Flights take 12 hours 40 minutes from London with stopover time while New York is 6 hours away from your Les Saintes holiday villa. The Pointe-à-Pitre Airport is a major hub and the second busiest airport in the Lesser Antilles, making it very easy to obtain a flight to this idyllic island paradise.