Here comes the second part of our Guadeloupe experience [check out the first one here]. While there, we took the chance of doing a couple of amazing excursions: a boat trip visiting the northern archipelago and a day to one of the southern islands of Guadeloupe.
The newlyweds organized the boat trip a couple of days after the wedding. We drove from our rented villa to Sainte-Rose, a charming fishermen village. At the small port our boat was waiting for us: the owner and captain, a friend of the bride, and his cute family were ready to introduce us the Grand Cul-de-sac Marin (a sort of lagoon) and to take us to an incredible adventure.
We left the harbour of Saint-Rose and headed to the area that connects the two islands of Guadeloupe, between the Pointe de la Grande Riviere and the Pointe Lambis. In this area, and in all the western side of the island of Grande-Terre, the salt water of the sea and the fresh water of the rivers that emerge there create the perfect environment for a huge mangrove swamp. These trees are beautiful and standing in their shadow or on their immense roots is really nice.
From there we went back to the lagoon and visited a couple of little islands and the coral barrier. But the best part of our trip was when we arrived to this little desert island.
I shouldn’t actually call it an island, since there is not much of dry land. It is more of a shed, that the fishermen of Sainte-Rose fix every year when a little island with fine white sand arises from the water. Luckily not many know of the existence of this place, so we could spend the day there alone, just in the few of us.
The captain and his wife prepared lunch for us: fresh lobster smoked on a bed of sugar cane and grilled fishes from the Caribbean Sea. Everything accompanied by freshly squeezed fruit juices and of course some Planteur, the typical punch made of rum agricole, some cane sugar and some lemon juice. The day was just perfect and I can’t even find the words for describing the emotions when looking around all I could see was breathtaking light blue water and peace.
After this trip Matteo and I decided to take the chance of visiting another island: Les Saintes. This little archipelago just 15 km to the south of Guadeloupe is enchanting. We took the boat from Trois-Rivieres (18€ round trip) and with a short navigation through the Caribbean Sea we arrived. Once on the island we immediately rented a scooter.
On the island there is not much to visit, a part from the Fort Napoléon. It is a military building in Vauban style, built between 1844 and 1867. The fort is open to the public (entrance 4,50€) and it includes a small museum and a great exotic garden with local plants and huge iguanas.
The best thing though is to enjoy the many beaches on both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean: on the first you can rest on delicate sand and swim in warm, calm and crystal water; on the second the wind blows strong and creates incredible waves.
The island is very small but it is very well-organized for tourists and visitors (and a bit more expensive than the main islands of Guadeloupe): there are many hotels and bed & breakfast and a lot of cute restaurant with nice terrace from which one can enjoy the amazing view.
[Stay tuned for part 3…]