Located in the French Antilles region of the Caribbean is a small collection of islands known as Les Saintes, also called Iles des Saintes or “Islands of the Saints.” The islands sit due north of Dominica and belong to Guadalupe, but are overseen by the French government. Les Saintes is gaining a reputation for being a hidden gem in the Caribbean, but they are still enjoying that heyday of not being too overrun by tourists or crowded by too many merchants or hotels.
The islands of Les Saintes are friendly and quite small, which makes them quite manageable to get around on foot. Car traffic on the islands is very limited and that adds to the quaint, laid-back charm of the islands. Les Saintes Island itself is home to a bay with a historic old fort and a beach that rivals any other on the better known Caribbean islands. You can lounge around on the beach all day or play all sorts of water sports in the surf that gets active each afternoon. You can rent scooters to ride around the island or you can wander around on foot to enjoy this island that feels as though you’re in France in some spots and in a Caribbean paradise in others. Enjoy French cuisine and even take a ferry to explore other islands in the area.