3 Best Sights in Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe

Anse Crawen

This secluded half-mile stretch of white sand was known for nude sunbathing, but don't plan on shedding your suit; now, it's against the law—although topless is still okay. To reach it, go past the resort Bois Joli and continue straight until you see the beach. It's a narrow beach, somewhat rocky, but still appealing. Although it's busy in high season, the fact that it takes an effort to get here means that, in low season, you might be all alone. Amenities: none. Best for: partiers; solitude; swimming; walking.

Rte. de Bois Jolie, Terre-de-Haut, 97137, Guadeloupe

Fort Napoléon des Saintes

This fort, originally called Fort Louis, was built in 1777 by order of King Louis XVI as a military tower. It was never used for military purposes but did serve as a penitentiary in wartime. The museum here is notable for its exhaustive exhibit of the greatest sea battles ever fought. You can visit the well-preserved barracks and prison cells or just admire the botanical gardens, which specialize in cacti.

This is a hill climb; if you decide to walk, allow 30 minutes from the village, wear comfortable footwear, and bring water. You'll be rewarded with outstanding views of the bay and neighboring islands.

Terre-de-Haut, 97137, Guadeloupe
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Plage de Pompierre

This long (2,600 ft.), palm-fringed beach on half-moon Pompierre Bay is particularly popular with families with small children, as there's a gradual slope, no drop-off, and a long stretch of shallow water. The calm water also makes for good snorkeling. Saintois women may be at the entrance selling snacks and drinks. The curve of the beach is called the Bridge of Stone, and you can walk it—carefully—taking a dip in the crater that fills with water from the Atlantic. Morning sun is best; then go to Le Salako Snack Bar for some grilled fresh fish and a cold one. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: snorkeling; sunrise; swimming; walking.

Rue de Pont Pierre, Terre-de-Haut, 97137, Guadeloupe

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