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Terre-De-Haut, Guadeloupe Photos

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Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe

On November 3, 1493, in an effort to find fresh water, Christopher Columbus landed on the large island of Guadeloupe during his second trip to the 'New World.'

Directly to the south, Terre-de-Haut is a commune of Guadeloupe as well as the most populous island of the archipelago of the les Saintes. It is also the most touristy municipality in les Saintes archipelago, with hotels bungalows, bars and restaurants.

Bourg des Saintes, the main port town, has many small guest-houses, eateries, French-Creole shops, and an active harbor. The Euro is coin of the realm, and French is the language of the day.

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A brave lad jumping into the bay that fronts Bourg des Saintes, Terre-de-Haut.

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Local colors are very bright on Terre-de-Haut.

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Diving off the pier is popular in Bourg des Saintes.

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The eight idyllic tropical islands of Les Saintes are part of a volcanic archipelago fully encircled by shallow reefs. Only two are inhabited, of which Terre-de-Haut is one. The island is home to superb beaches, gorgeous bays, exceptional snorkeling, historical sites, and a charming village of brightly painted houses, excellent restaurants, interesting shops, and unique art galleries. In short, it's one of the most picturesque small islands I've ever visited.
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Well-worn, colorful buildings line the harbor of Bourg des Saintes, Terre-de-Haut; small boats are everywhere.
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Well-worn, colorful buildings line the harbor of Bourg des Saintes, Terre-de-Haut; small boats are everywhere.
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The main street of Bourg des Saintes.
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While visiting the island on a Saturday I noticed dozens of teenagers on the main pier, and most of them were jumping into the bay. Others spent their time enjoying other water activities.
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This young man was part of the group mentioned above.
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Three young girls were have a great time playing in the warm, sandy beach.
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Four girls on a rubber raft in the harbor, a can't-miss recipe for fun.
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Candles burning in a small church in Terre-de-Haut.

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Colorful mailbox in Terre-de-Haut.

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The banana industry across the islands of Guadeloupe is many things; it is the livelihood of many families, the island's main export, a tourist attraction and the subject of scientific research.

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A rather typical wooden building in Bourg des Saintes on the island of Terre-de-Haut.

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This lovely home fronting the bay was all but covered by flowers and green plants.
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The beach front of Bourg des Saintes, with small boats and palm trees a common sight.

A representative bar and shop on the main street in Bourg des Saintes, Terre-de-Haut.
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A view of the charming harbor of Bourg des Saintes, Terre-de-Haut.
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A local church in Bourg des Saintes, small but very welcoming.
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Flowers are as common on Terre-de-Haut as raindrops.
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This new-growth cactus was standing alone behind a local home's protective fence, almost like a watchdog.

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This page was last updated on July 12, 2016.