A wildly colorful village
With its ideal seaside location on the northwest side of Basse-Terre, this fishing village was once cut off from civilization until a road was opened connecting it to the neighbouring town of Pointe-Noire.
Pirates and other buccaneers put Deshaies on the map, thanks to its proximity to the islands of Montserrat and Antigua. In 1804 the local population chose to leave the village rather than accept occupation. Today its economy is based on agriculture, including cocoa, coffee and vanilla; the local vanilla oil is sought after worldwide.
You’ll find one of Guadeloupe’s most beautiful beaches in the historic district of Grande-Anse, which is also home to the town’s first church as well as numerous bays and inlets. If you’re looking for a tranquil, picturesque site, Deshaies is paradise!
Size3 111 HA
Number of inhabitants4 039
The town along the rivers
The parish of Goyave was originally known as “St Anne of the Little Guava River” because of the abundant wild guava that can be found along the region’s main rivers.
Once a place of hard labour and the site of numerous public executions of rebel slaves, Goyave is today an agricultural centre that is home to many farms.
If you’re looking for something different and exotic, such as the Moreau waterfalls at Sainte-Claire beach or the aquatic gardens on the islet of Fortune, come visit this unspoiled region!
Size5 830 HA
Number of inhabitants5 060
Mairie de Goyave
Rue des Écoles
97128 Goyave + 590 (0)5 95 88 21
Culture and agriculture!
It was the manatee (“lamantin” in French), that small, herbivorous sea mammal that for a time had disappeared from the Lesser Antilles (but will soon be reintroduced!) that lent its name to this community in northern Basse-Terre. Part of Greater Pointe-à-Pitre, the town is located between the bay of the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin and the mouth of the Goyave River in northern Basse-Terre.
An agricultural region par excellence, Lamentin is famed not just for its fertile land but for being Guadeloupe’s premier destination for art and culture.
Bordered by mangrove trees, swamp forests and grassy marshland, the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve spans more than 15,000 hectares and offers something to appeal to every visitor.
And if you need to recover a bit afterwards, the Ravine Chaude hot springs await. The waters come directly from the highlands of the Lézarde River, near La Soufrière volcano.
Size6 493 HA
Number of inhabitants13 434
Overlooking the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin between the Caribbean Sea and the Basse-Terre volcanic massif, Petit-Bourg – once known as Petit-Cul-de-Sac – is Guadeloupe’s largest district (commune) by size.
It was formerly a well-known stagecoach stop between Basse-Terre town and Pointe-à-Pitre. Thanks to its port, which was one of Guadeloupe’s busiest during the 18th century, the town was briefly home to the Guadeloupe Colonial Assembly in 1787 before its move to Basse-Terre in 1790. In the years since 1950 the town has attracted some notable residents as well as a new middle class that have built homes there.
Today, Petit-Bourg serves as a gateway to numerous excursions while offering quality eco-friendly resorts that provide a charming change of pace!
Size12 556 HA
Number of inhabitants20 528
The district of Pointe-Noire, established around 1715, gets its name from the ubiquitous black volcanic rock. Long isolated from its neighbours, Pointe-Noire retained a reputation for rebellion and protest, but it’s best known as a place where traditions die hard!
With its gray-sand beaches, waterfalls, aquaculture centre and museums – not to mention its gardens, parks and authentic plantations – Pointe-Noire has become an essential stop on any itinerary.
Size5 845 HA
Number of inhabitants7 689
Where traditions and authenticity come together!
Sainte-Rose owes its name to St Rose of Lima, the patron saint of the Americas, the Philippines, Peru and the city of Lima. Pressed against a mountainside in northern Basse-Terre, the town was divvied up into sections during the 18th century, with one for each of the major sugar plantations. Sugar cane fields came to replace the once-dominant tobacco and cotton crops.
Sainte-Rose’s distilleries are a testament to this colonial legacy of sugar and rum, and are not to be missed! For visitors who love to hike, the area offers countless paths for exploring the tropical forests, with their extraordinary plant and animal life. And for a wellness break, what would you say to a bath in the beneficial sulphurous waters of Sofaia, known for their calming properties?
Boasting distilleries and museums, hiking and excursions to the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin, Sainte-Rose is a place where traditions and authenticity come together!
Size11 800 HA
Number of inhabitants17 574