Îles des Saintes

Exploring Îles des Saintes

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.

Iles des SaintesRight down to the beaches where we might have been the only ones in suits…

Iles des SaintesDid you actually think I was going to post a photo of nudies sunbathing? Not on this site, my friends! Instead, you get abandoned beaches that we discovered en masse.

Iles des SaintesÎles des Saintes might have been my favorite port on our Star Clippers cruise. It was just so darn charming, it was authentic and, well, there were goats running rampant everywhere you looked!

Iles des Saintes goatsWe arrived on Îles des Saintes with no plans, so after a wander up and down the main drag, which was peppered with shops and European-style cafes, we knew how we would spend the rest of our day.

Îles des SaintesSVV has his motorcycle license, and so we rented a scooter and explored the tiny island on our own schedule.

Îles des SaintesIt 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.

Îles des SaintesThis is definitely one of those sleepy Caribbean spots where you come for a week or two just to chillax.

Îles des SaintesI immediately felt my stress level lower a few notches by just being here for one quick day.Iles des SaintesWhile 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.

Iles des SaintesJust 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.

Îles des SaintesOne 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!

Iles des SaintesHow about you: What’s your favorite Caribbean island?

  • March 8, 2013

    Never heard of that island. Looks beautiful and how fun to see it in a scooter.

  • March 8, 2013

    Gorgeous photos – I hadn’t heard of this island before but it needs to go on the bucket list!
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  • March 8, 2013

    Beautiful place, awesome photos. Loved the “pause the moment” shot of you jumping!
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  • March 8, 2013

    Ohhh, that is the way to go in order to explore a small island (renting motorbikes). You always have a lot of fun when moving around with those.
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    • March 14, 2013

      I’m just glad I had someone experienced to drive me around–you do NOT want me behind the wheel of a scooter!

      • March 15, 2013

        Soooo, you’re saying you don’t want a go on my scooter when you’re in Monaco next month? That’s a shame cos you don’t need a motorbike licence to drive one here, nor even a car licence! 🙂

  • March 8, 2013

    What beautiful photos! Looks like a fun island. =)

  • March 9, 2013

    Wow, this looks like perfection! I thought I was relatively knowledgeable when it came to the Caribbean, but I’d never even heard of Iles de Saintes – I’m adding them to the list…
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    • March 14, 2013

      Have you heard of Jost van Dyke? That’s another one I learned of on this cruise that I didn’t even know existed!

      • March 16, 2013

        No I hadn’t – I’m googling it right now! And texting my friend who has a strange obsession with Dick Van Dyke, while I’m at it…
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  • March 9, 2013

    What a cute little island! I love all the goats. My favorite Caribbean island is Roatan, but I’m biased cause I live here 🙂
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    • March 14, 2013

      I need your Roatan tour next time I’m there! I’ve only see the uber-touristy side.

  • March 9, 2013

    It sounds like it would be a little too relaxed for me to spend much time there, but it sure does look like paradise!

    • March 14, 2013

      You and I are the types who would like to think we could unwind here…and then would grow board with the lack of activities available 😉

  • March 10, 2013

    OMG I wouldn’t have ever left! It looks like Paradise!!! Loooove the pics!
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  • March 10, 2013

    This looks so idyllic, absolute bliss! Only been to Barbados but it was amazing. Lots of reggae, rum and relaxation!
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    • March 14, 2013

      Oooh I do love Barbados. It was far smaller and more relaxed than I ever expected it to be.

  • March 10, 2013

    This place looks so idyllic for relaxation!
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  • March 10, 2013

    I have to say… This looks like a place I would travel to. I hate going on vacation and coming back exhausted because it was too adventure packed. I am currently feeling that even Waikiki and Honolulu are too city like for my taste…
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    • March 14, 2013

      That sounds like every “workcation” I’ve ever taken, which is why there’s all the more need for places like Iles des Saintes!

  • March 11, 2013

    I feel enlightened and amazed by the ‘discovery’ of these islands, never knew they existed. It indeed appears to be one of those charming and secluded place, where I would love to get lost and as you rightly put it ‘chillax”. BTW what is the ethnic composition, Africans? or French?
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    • March 14, 2013

      Definitely European/French (and you can tell as they have more attitude than the islanders in the surrounding regions, too!).

  • March 11, 2013

    this literally looks like the perfect vacation

  • March 12, 2013
    Amy Myers

    definitely St. Thomas!

  • March 14, 2013

    Looks beautiful! Also, GOATS!!
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    • March 14, 2013

      Who doesn’t love a place where goats roam free??

  • March 16, 2013

    Absolutely charming, Kristin. I ‘m marking this on my bucket list …
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  • March 19, 2013

    It looks super charming and pretty. I’ve always loved St. Barths so I think I’d love the French feel of this island too.
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  • March 19, 2013

    Nice trip, I want have the tour same. Your picture really nice. http://www.tourdulich24h.com/tour-du-lich-nha-trang/t/g/1/5

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  • March 21, 2013

    The place looks absolutely gorgeous! The weather perfect, nice blue water and no crowd!
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  • March 22, 2013

    Looks beautiful and so peaceful. Send some of the sun over here will you?!

  • March 28, 2013

    Wow, I never knew these islands existed either! I love the Caribbean and have really enjoyed the extended time I’ve been able to spend in Grand Cayman and the Bahamas. I only wish it was a more budget friendly area!
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  • April 3, 2013

    Love discovering new islands. PS: Love the shot of you guys in the rear view mirror. So artsy!
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  • April 4, 2013

    Never heard about this small island. so much beautiful.

  • April 5, 2013

    Oh my God, it looks beautiful ! How I love this pretty island. This is a must visit island for my next trip

  • April 12, 2013

    I loved Iles des Saintes, and couldn’t believe I’d never heard of the place. Saw the nude beach, too. 🙂

  • April 15, 2013

    Beautiful photos and the place was really nice!
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  • January 18, 2017

    A jelek a sisakdisplayen. Ha nincsenek megvilágítva, akkor a sötétben nem látszanak, ha meg vannak, akkor meg a pupilla alkalmazkodik a közeli fényhez, összeszűkül, és mögötte, ahol viszont kevés a fény alig/nem látsz rendesen. Az F-111 csapásmérést FLIR-el, és/vagy valamilyen egyéb célzóberendezéssel végezte gondolom, kételyem nem is erre vonatkozik, hanem arra, hogy AA rakétát hogyan tudsz célra indítani, ha nem látod a sisak által megjelenített dolgokat?Tetszik / Egyetértek: 0 Az értékeléshez be kell

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