A NATURAL OBJECT OF DESIRE
The first land discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage on November 2, 1493, La Désirade is a tiny island shaped like the upside-down keel of a canoe, located east of Grande-Terre along the Pointe des Châteaux. Timeless La Désirade moves to the rhythm of the waves; nothing seems to disturb its peaceful atmosphere!
The island owes its name to the relief felt by the members of Columbus’s crew, who – upon glimpsing their first dry land since leaving the Canary Islands 21 days earlier – cried out, “Oh, island we so desire!”
Snorkeling and farniente
Surrounded by sublime white-sand beaches protected by coral reefs, La Désirade is perfect for those who’d like to try their hand at snorkeling or simply want to perfect their tan.
From its lush and varied greenery to the protected fauna, including iguanas, agoutis and tropicbirds, that have lived on the island since the dawn of time, the island is a Shangri-La for those seeking tranquility, sunshine and a genuine experience.
And it’s easy to get to this little corner of paradise! Just a 45-minute boat ride from Saint-François or 15 minutes by air from Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, La Désirade is waiting for you!
Size2 200 HA
Number of inhabitants1 532