Les Saintes Guadeloupe are a grouping of small islands located to the south of Basse Terre and to the west of the island of Marie Galante. The Iles de Saintes, as this destination is also called, is a good destination for those who want to escape the crowds but would still like more hotels and amenities than Le Desirade, for example.
There are two main inhabited islands in Les Saintes Guadeloupe, Terre-de-Bas and Terre-de-Haut (respectively, Low-Land and High-Land). Terre-de-Bas is less crowded, with most of the inhabitants making their living from agricultural means. Terre-de-Haut has most of the hotels in the Iles de Saintes, and many of them are small independently run hotels, close to nature and with views of the ocean.
Terre-de-Haut is the more populated of the two main islands, and has a beautiful turquoise bay which is one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world, the Terre-de-Haut Bay. Beside its shimmering waters, on top off the cliff, stands Fort Napoleon, a historical French fortress that has been turned into a museum about the history and culture of Les Saintes Guadeloupe. The town by the bay is a charming Caribbean village, with multicolored houses and red roofs—quite picturesque and quaint for the traveler coming from comparatively heavily touristed areas. Terre-de-Haut also features many breathtaking and uncrowded beaches, with small inns and hotels dotting the shoreline. Snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as boating, are among the most popular activities here. Perhaps the best way to see the charms of the island is to walk. The interior of the island is primarily gentle mountains with many trails, and amazing views of the sunlit ocean. There are opportunities for the climber as well.
Terre-de-Bas has less people, but is no less worth visiting. More secluded, it also has many beautiful beaches, including the main beach at Grande Anse, and a tiny village, Petite-Anse, where you can find friendly locals and accommodations.