Les Saintes (also known as Iles des Saintes) are perfect for the kind of traveler who relishes unspoiled tropical beauty, serenity and French style.
Just 10 km (6 mi) south of Guadeloupe, these idyllic tropical jewels float like exotic dreams in the Caribbean sea. Of the eight little islands, only two are inhabited, and picturesque Terre-de-Haut is the one travelers visit first.
In addition to superb beaches, gorgeous bays, exceptional snorkeling and fascinating historical sites, this romantic island offers a charming village with excellent restaurants, interesting shops and unique art galleries. The other populated island, peaceful Terre-de-Bas, is only a few minutes by boat from Terre-de-Haut and is definitely worth a visit.
Les Saintes Flights, Airlines, Charters, Ferries
In the past, Air Guadeloupe offered numerous convenient flights to Les Saintes (Iles des Saintes). Unfortunately, there is currently no regularly scheduled air service from Guadeloupe. Charter flights may be available. Please check with the Les Saintes Tourist Office for current updates and information.
For both day-trippers and those planning extended stays, sea transportation from Guadeloupe to Les Saintes is the most popular way for travelers to reach the islands. In addition to established ferry services, charter boat rentals are also available.
Ferry services generally leave Trois Rivières or Pointe-à-Pitre for arrivals in Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas. Seasoned sailors should have no problem, but those who are not experienced should be aware that sometimes the seas can be rough. It’s suggested that those prone to sea sickness forego a visit to the bar before departure or on the ferry, and consider readily available medications.
Les Saintes / Iles des Saintes Getting Around
Scooters are available for rent near the pier and in the small town of Bourg. A credit card deposit is usually required as damage insurance. Although the scooters can carry two passengers, we recommend only one person per vehicle on the twisting island roads unless the driver is experienced. Riding is prohibited in the heart of town from 9:00 to noon and from 14:00 to 16:00.
Many visitors do all of their exploring by walking. The tropical heat and the hilly terrain make this option best for those in good physical condition.
Mountain bikes are available for visitors who have the stamina to handle the island’s very hilly terrain.
Although there are very few four-wheeled vehicles operating in Les Saintes, it is now possible to rent a two or four person electric vehicle on the island of Terre-de-Haut.
TAXI / BUS
Taxi-minivans are available for island tours and for travel on the island. Most carry 5-10 passengers and generally provide two-hour tours, including a stop at Fort Napoléon. There is no regularly scheduled bus service in Les Saintes.
For a small fee, shuttle boats (navettes) make round-trips between Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas several times per day.