La Désirade (island)
La Désirade (island) – accessible by sea (45 min from Saint-François) or by air (15 min from the Pôle Caraïbes airport), the island has a single road that runs its length and is fun to explore on foot, by bike or scooter. This peaceful and remote island is an 11-kilometer stretch of tabular rock. Swimmers, divers, and hikers alike flock to the island for its beautiful white sandy beaches protected by long coral reefs and the warm hospitality.
With ecotourism thriving in Guadeloupe since 2009, this is the largest geological nature reserve in not only Guadeloupe, but throughout France’s overseas departments. It is home to an extremely abundant diversity of ﬂora and fauna on a 62-hectare site, where rare and endangered species such as the Tèt à Langlé cactus are protected.
Within La Désirade, one can see:
- Petite-Rivière—the ideal beach for scuba diving
- Le Morne du Souffleur—a short, one-hour hike that promises the most breathtaking views
- Beauséjour—a long, fine sand beach
- The ruins of the old leper colony and cotton plant
- Petite-Terre—two islands that were classified a nature reserve in 1998. A site of remarkable biological diversity due to the juxtaposition of different natural environments over a small surface area (forests, salt marshes, sandy beaches, cliffs, the lagoon, coral reefs, and a lush marine environment).