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La Desirade, Guadeloupe

#9 of 18 in Nature in Guadeloupe
Known as The Forgotten, the island of La Desirade attracts visitors for its exuberant wildlife, rich history, and remoteness. Explore the wilderness and see the native species of iguanas--iguana delicatissima--as well as turtles, rare species of birds, red crabs, and many others. The discovery of micro fossils dating back 145 million years confirm the island as the oldest in the Antilles, and throughout its history it has also housed a leper colony (until 1958) and served as a hiding place for pirates. Pristine white sand beaches make ideal destinations for long romantic walks, or relaxing days surrounded by nature. With our world travel planner, Guadeloupe attractions like La Desirade can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • If you want to visit this island plan to rent a car from your descent from the boat. You will be charmed by these white sandy beaches and its multitudes of coconut palms. To the East you will discover an abandoned beach where you will not be bothered by a flood of tourists. At the end is the lighthouse and the remains of an old cotton factory... Much less touristy than Les Saintes but much more nature...
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  • La Désirade was the first island sighted by Christopher Columbus. He called it "Desirada". Island with emeralds waters, La Désirade invites to the promenade and to the discovery. Bathed by the waters of the Atlantic and aerated by the Alizés, the Desirrade inspires the visitor a sense of freedom. We are quickly very pleasantly surprised by the richness and beauty of its landscapes. Far from modern life, noise and pollution, we find in La Désirade the calm, varied and beautiful landscapes, warm and hospitable inhabitants. This island is a feast for the eyes and for the mind. We only spent a day on the island. Not enough to find out. So we visited the coastal coast in 4x4, inhabited part of the island. As for the "cliffs" part, you have to walk there and count several hours of walking. It'll be next time. For 2O €/pers (18 €/pers if you leave at 2) departing from Saint-François, treat yourself to a wonderful day on an island that will not leave you indifferent. Observe its fauna, its flora, its beaches, its ' mountains ', its beautiful arid landscapes, etc... do you really enjoy. As far as we are concerned this was indeed the case, a real pleasure to visit this island. You have to play!
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  • Very nice island 🏝 still very wild and very nice. Far from the bustling tourist
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