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Pictures from Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe: Pompierre Beach, Pain de Sucre Bay, and a young Goat in Terre-de-Haut island. 

Iles des Saintes (Guadeloupe): Pompierre Beach
Iles des Saintes, Pompierre Beach in Terre-de-Haut Island, Guadeloupe.

Les Saintes is an archipelago of nine small islands located south of Guadeloupe and west of Marie-Galante. The local population is  located only on two of them: Terre-de-Bas and Terre-de-Haut. The latter is the largest island of the archipelago. However, it is only 4 km long and 2 km wide. Like the islands Marie-Galante and Désirade, the archipelago is a dependency of Guadeloupe. In 2004, it was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 6.3.
Fishing and tourism are the main activities in Iles des Saintes. Despite its small size, the archipelago has many beautiful sandy beaches. It is a popular holiday destination in the West Indies. It welcomes numerous luxury yachts and cruise ships every year.

Terre-de-Haut Island is a nice island.
Saints' Bay (in French, la Baie des Saintes) which is located in the north-western part of the island is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The Fort Napoleon, built on the site of an ancient fortress destroyed by the English, overlooks the bay. It actually served as a penitentiary. It is now a small museum.

The highest point of the island is "Le Chameau", a 306 meter (1,004 ft) high mountain situated in the southwest of Terre-de-Haut island. The top of the mountain has an ancient military watchtower with stunning panoramic views.

The Bays of Pompierre and Pain de Sucre are both classified as protected areas in Terre-de-Haut Island. Pompierre Beach, located 1.5 km from the center of the nearby village, is probably the most pleasant beach of the archipelago. The beach is 800m long. It is protected from the winds by the surrounding relief. Motor or sailing boats are not permitted in the bay.

Iles des Saintes (Guadeloupe), Pain de Sucre bay
Iles des Saintes, Pain de Sucre bay and hill in Terre-de-Haut Island, Guadeloupe.

Pain de Sucre is a 53m high hill located in the western part of Terre-de-Haut Island in the archipelago of Les Saintes. Its slopes are quite steep. With this hill, the nearby white sand beach and its coconut palms, the Pain de Sucre Bay is probably the most emblematic site of the island.


Young goat in Iles des Saintes
Iles des Saintes, a young goat in Terre-de-Haut Island, Guadeloupe.


 

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Iles des Saintes
The author of the photos above presents you here a slide show of 60 color photographs of Iles des Saintes, an archipelago in the French West Indies.

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