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Deshaies: the pearl of Basse-Terre

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Authentic and discreet, Deshaies, has retained the charm of the old fishing villages of yesteryear. Creole houses, a botanical garden, and wild beaches are all good reasons to stop.

On the Côte-sous-le-Vent of Basse-Terre, surrounded by hills and bathed by the Caribbean, the miraculously preserved village of Deshaies is an inviting break.

Take a tour around the town and make a detour via the two streets lined with colourful wooden houses, or take a reflective break in the botanical garden. The gardener and nursery creator Michel Gaillard designed this garden on the former property of the French comedian Coluche. There is a collection of orchids, cacti, and tropical plants open to parrots, parakeets and flamingos. If the weather is clear, enjoy the sea view and the island of Montserrat. While here, it is imperative to visit the beach of Grande Anse, certainly the most beautiful of Basse-Terre, but also the longest, lined with shady palm trees, fishermen huts, and colourful boats. It is a site particularly appreciated by picnic lovers. Other beaches, like La Perle, Tillet, Rifflet, or Fort Royal, contribute to the reputation of this market town.

Finally, savour the Caribbean atmosphere in one of the town's restaurants, which serve absolutely divine Creole food and why not? ti'-punch…

Jardin botanique de Deshaies
97126 Deshaies

+590 (0)5 90 28 43 02

www.jardin-botanique.com

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