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Island of Guadeloupe with the preserved nature, La Désirade is a paradise for the followers of ecotourism.

Between its magnificent beaches, its splendid seabed and its many hiking trails to explore the flora and fauna, La Désirade remains a destination of choice offering a range of activities.

If you cancel up to 24 hours before arrival, you will receive a partial refund (less service charges). In case of cancellation within 24 hours before your trip, the first night is not refundable. The service charge is refunded when the cancellation takes place before arrival and within 48 hours of the reservation.

Number of inhabitants

The island of La Désirade has approximately 1,595 inhabitants (estimated in 2006).


In the 3rd century, the island is populated by Amerindians.
On November 2, 1493, La Desirade was the first island discovered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage. He calls it "La Désirée" because of the eagerness of his sailors to see a land after a long journey.
Unfavorable to agriculture, it served during several centuries of lair to the corsair.
The island was dominated by the Spaniards until the 17th century, before France captured it in 1635 and the annex to Guadeloupe. Cotton plantations are located there.
The island was chosen as the home of the lepers, who were then victims of an epidemic in the Caribbean in 1728. The leprosarium closes in 1952.


La Désirade is an island in the West Indies in the south-east of Guadeloupe. Its area covers 21.42 km2. It includes a mountain, the Great Mountain, rising to 275 meters of altitude, and its ribs are bordered of white cliffs. Coral reefs protect its two beautiful long beaches of white sand. Its topography makes it vulnerable to strong winds and not conducive to agriculture. While 20 kilometers away from Continental Guadeloupe, it is 6,700 kilometers away from the mainland.

How to get around town?

La Desirade offers various modes of transport, Minibus, Taxi, Car rental, Scooters or Bicycles of your choice.
The minibus: visits of the island by private minibuses are organized via the Tourist Office on site or specialized agencies.
The taxi: a few taxis offer their services to ensure the transport of the traveler.

Rental car and scooter: several rental companies are located near the marina of Beauséjour, main village of the island.
The bike: very small, the island can easily be discovered by bike.

What to see?

The island of the archipelago of Guadeloupe has many tourist sites to discover. Visitors will mainly visit the ruins of the leprosarium and the old cotton factory, the Pointe Doublé lighthouse, the Beauséjour marine cemetery, the Notre-Dame du Calvaire chapel and the Notre-Dame- de-Bon-Secours.
Other sites such as the Petite Terre Nature Reserve, Grande-Anse, Souffleur and Baie-Mahault beaches or the cliffs of the north coast will delight tourists.
Official site of the Island of La Désirade.

What to do ?

- Hike around the island on the small wild paths and in the park of Petite-Terre.
- Observe the incredible fauna and flora, including species of endangered animals such as iguanas, agoutis (rodents also called "golden hare"), tail-flails (birds), frigates and pelicans.
- Diving among the exotic fish of the reefs.
- Stroll along the white sandy beaches and the cozy villages of the island.
Gastronomy and recipe (s) of the soil

The dishes: Bébélé (dish based on tripe and green bananas), accompanied by dombrés (small ball of bread dough stuffed to choose); steaming (traditional stew); Diri Touloulou (crab rice); Fresh fish broth; Creole sausage ; Stuffed crabs ; Chicken Colombo.
Desserts: Watermelon salad, pineapple, bananas, grapefruit and green lemons sweetened and raised with white rum; Crown of the Desirade (Easter dessert with paste, apricot jam and rum).
Drinks: Rum, Juice.

What to see in the area?

In the vicinity of La Desirade, various tourist sites are to be seen.
The other islands of the Guadeloupe archipelago, notably the Saintes, which make up the most beautiful bays in the world; The coast of Continental Guadeloupe; The Petite-Terre Nature Reserve.


For any emergency, dial 15 or 112.

Hospital of La Désirade:
Departmental Dispensary,
The Desirade, Guadeloupe

transport network

several possibilities of renting scooter, car, bike directly to your arrived on the port of the island.


Location Type

  • Beach
  • Mountain

Sports And Adventure Activities

  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Hiking

Leisure Activities

  • Walking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Eco Tourism
  • Beachcombing


  • Not Necessary


  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants

Catering Options

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board


  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen


  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable


  • Lawn / Garden


  • Dining Area

Dining Checkbox

  • Dining

Houses Rules

  • 04:00 PM
  • 11:00 AM
  • No parties/events
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Children allowed
  • Max occupancy: 8


Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.

7 Reviews

    Nuit à la Desirade

    5/5 Stayed Nov 7, 2020
    Submitted Nov 8, 2020

    Endroit parfaitement situé, au calme, répondant en nos envies. Très propre et accueillant.


    1/5 Stayed Sep 6, 2020
    Submitted Sep 26, 2020

    La maison est tre sale e tre vieux. Pas de citerne de l’eau...... pas d’eau pour tout le jour de notre sojour. La cuisine tre sale avec les animaux BLATTE, BLATTE ,BLATTE......

    Au coeur de La Désirade

    5/5 Stayed Feb 18, 2020
    Submitted Feb 23, 2020

    Location idéale pour ceux qui veulent profiter tranquillité et connaître véritablement la.vie des.habitants de.La.Desirade. Un gîte authentique

    Bien et reposant

    5/5 Stayed Mar 19, 2019
    Submitted Mar 22, 2019

    Très bon accueil à notre arrivée. Logement propre et agréable. Nous avons très bien dormi 🛏. Très bonne adresse.

    Excellent accueil !

    5/5 Stayed Dec 8, 2018
    Submitted Dec 16, 2018

    Ce n'est pas le grand luxe, des petites améliorations à prévoir en particulier pour la vaisselle et le fond du jardin. Et pourtant on y est très bien : bien placé à 5 mn à pied du centre et quand même en campagne. Belle terrasse au pied de la montagne. Et surtout, un accueil attentif du propriétaire, toujours disponible à la moindre question. Bref, excellent rapport qualité prix, à recommander. Et encore merci !

    grande demeure tranquille et près du bourg Beauséjour

    4/5 Stayed Mar 28, 2018
    Submitted Apr 6, 2018

    Très chaleureusement accueilli par le père de la locatrice, la réputation de gentillesse des gens de la Désirade s’y confirme. Cette maison spacieuse comprend tout de pratique, en plus d’offrir à la fois la tranquillité et la proximité des restos, du port, épicerie... Agréable balcon protégé des intempéries et du soleil, BBQ, séchoir, et même qq charmants lézards de compagnie au petit matin...

    Calme et reposant

    4/5 Stayed Mar 25, 2018
    Submitted Apr 10, 2018

    Superbe terrasse. cuisine très bien équipée. Endroit conforme à la description, 5 minutes à pied du centre bourg. Idéal pour famille ou pour séjour entre amis


      Le Bourg, Terre-de-Bas

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