Visited by Christopher Columbus in 1493, this island, so 'desired' by sailors after long weeks at sea, was named on the spot. Wild and not very touristy, La Désirade is 11 kilometres long and two kilometres wide. One west-to-east road crosses the villages of Galets, Beausejour, Souffleur, and Baie-Mahault, all located on the south coast of the island, which is lined with remarkable white sandy beaches.
The best of these sandy stretches is undoubtedly that of the Souffleur, which is also the favourite of the whales that come to bask there from January to March. The scenery changes on the north coast, which is still for the most part uninhabited and fairly inaccessible. There, steep cliffs lashed by waves offer an eventful show with indomitable landscapes for savvy hikers. A perfect example is the Pointe Doublé, which looks practically Irish, or the solitary peak of the Grand-Abaque, to the northwest.
Off the coast of La Désirade, the Petite-Terre Nature Reserve awaits apprentice Robinson Crusoes.
La Désirade Tourism Office
Rue Victor Schœlcher
97127 La Désirade
+590 (0)5 90 84 61 39