Deshaies, the pearl of Basse-Terre

exceptional village
Deshaies, the pearl of Basse-Terre

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 here.

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 through 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 view of the sea and the island of Montserrat. While here, you simply must visit the beach of Grande Anse, certainly the most beautiful of Basse-Terre, but also the longest, lined with shady palm trees, fishermen's huts, and colourful boats. It is also a favourite picnic stop. Other beaches, like La Perle, Tillet, Rifflet, or Fort Royal, also add 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 a traditional ti'-punch too?

Jardin Botanique de Deshaies
97126 Deshaies

+590 (0)5 90 28 43 02