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Deshaies & Grande Anse area highlights?

Oxford, MA
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Deshaies & Grande Anse area highlights?

We’re taking our first Gwad trip from Massachusetts 3/15 (😎😎), staying one night in Gosier, & then 7 nights in an Airbnb studio north of Deshaies, very near Grande Anse beach. Would welcome suggestions of must see beaches, hikes, drives, restaurants, or other area attractions visitors found memorable. Merci beaucoup!

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Miami, Florida
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1. Re: Deshaies & Grande Anse area highlights?

Hi, there is an inexpensive travel guide you can get at www.jambopress.com that has 26 pages of exactly what you are asking for and was just published by someone on the ground who lives in Deshaies.I wish I had it before my last trip to Deshaies. Safe travels! You will love it there.

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You'll love Deshaies, we spent 7 days there last March. The area beaches are ,in my opinion, are the best and least crowded on Guadeloupe. Our favorite was Plage de la Pearle, a beautiful white sand beach, crystal clear water with tiny beach bar restaurants to get a cold beer and great creole food. Try a Bokit from the little yellow place on the left as you come into the beach.

We really enjoyed visiting the Botanical Gardens which is just a half mile or so South of Deshaies. A beautiful lush garden with tropical vegetation, a fantastic walk inaviary packed with parrots and an unforgettable view down to Deshaies Harbor.

There's a great supermarket about ten minutes North of Deshaies called Super U. They'll have everything you need, the prices are comparable to US prices, the wine is priced definitely lower and it's very good quality.

If you're looking for someplace to eat on the night of your arrival, head to the Marina in Bas du Fort.

BTW, Death in Paridise ( filmed in and around Deshaies )is back on WGBX Boston Wednesdays at 9pm. Their in reruns right now, hopefully the new season will start next month.

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3. Re: Deshaies & Grande Anse area highlights?

Agree with Bungee. Get that guide. It will be perfect for you.

Boston
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4. Re: Deshaies & Grande Anse area highlights?

Of course look at the "things to do" section of trip advisor and order the two mini guidebooks discussed often in this forum. Things we particularly like that are somewhat unique to Guadeloupe include:

Waterfall hikes. There are a half dozen or more to choose from. We prefer the smaller ones that you can swim at rather huge ones that you look at. Consider the Troisieme Carbet.

Bokits, as mentioned. These are grilled sandwiches made from pita pockets.

Fresh coconut ice cream sold fresh from the churn.

Terre de Haut, either by boat from Deshaies, or by ferry from Trois Rivieres. Small off-island with no cars and great beaches and restaurants.

Meandering explorations. So far, knock on wood, we haven't had particular nervousness about crime (other than the standard warning of stay out of Point de Pitre after dark) so we like to pick a place to go to by car, but then stop off and explore en route. We stumble across some nice finds, and of course have some duds, but it is all good. A little French helps, but isn't necessary if your hand signals and smiling is up to snuff.

Oxford, MA
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Just ordered the Deshaies guide, thanks for the advice!

Oxford, MA
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Awesome, thanks so much for the great suggestions!

Edited: 07 February 2018, 22:13
Oxford, MA
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Just ordered it, thanks!!

(Oops, new to this, I thought I was replying to each poster lol.)

Edited: 07 February 2018, 22:15
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8. Re: Deshaies & Grande Anse area highlights?

Another recommendation for the www.jambopress.com guide! Lots of information, map and links! This place is amazing!

Edited: 10 February 2018, 16:33
Deshaies, Guadeloupe
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9. Re: Deshaies & Grande Anse area highlights?

Thanks to everyone for all the kudos and great feedback on Jambo’s Essential Travel Guide to Guadeloupe at www.jambopress.com - it’s now twice the size and covers all of Northern Basse-Terre with highlights in some of the more southern communes. Not even the French guide books have this detail. Hopefully more communes will get added as time permits. Trying to make it easier for English speakers here! It truly is paradise...please visit.

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