Îles des Saintes was the one stop on our Caribbean cruise with which I was not familiar. (Are you?) It’s a small cluster of islands in the French Antilles that is a dependency of Guadeloupe and an overseas department of France. So yes, it is very French.
It was the perfect way to do so, I might add. We went down every single public road (and maybe some not-so-public ones, too) and were able to stop for dips in the sea or photo opps when the mood struck.
I immediately felt my stress level lower a few notches by just being here for one quick day.While this is definitely not the place to vacation if you like a lot of action, I could definitely spend an extended period of time here.
Just enough to do so you don’t grow bored, but not so much going on that you come back from your vacation more exhausted than you left.
One thing to note if you find yourself on this French isle is that most places don’t take credit cards or U.S. dollars like the majority of other Caribbean nations, so be sure and carry Euro on you. We found this out the hard way after we had already eaten lunch!