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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Guadeloupe

Terre-de-Haut is a commune in the Saintes archipelago, in the south of Guadeloupe.

Its territory encompasses several islands: the main (6 km²) is precisely named Terre-de-Haut, but also include Îlet in Cabrit, Grand-Ilet, Redonde and the Rocks Percées, whose areas are smaller.

Discovered by Christopher Columbus, the archipelago was colonized from 1648 and was contentious and armed with England until 1815. The most famous battle took place in 1782, when French and British ships s In the middle of the War of Independence of the United States.

Enjoying a tropical climate tempered by the trade winds, Terre-de-Haut has a little more than 1800 inhabitants, and its main district, Fond-du-Cure, is located in the heart of the island, on the bay registered since 1997 Beautiful bays in the world, an association recognized by UNESCO.

If 90% of the territory of Terre-de-Haut is protected because of its natural wealth (fauna and flora), reasoned tourism has become one of the resources of the commune, in addition to fishing and crafts.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude15.8648425 (N 15° 51’ 53”)
Longitude-61.5822293 (W 61° 34’ 56”)
Surface area5.22 km²
Population1832 inhabitants
Density350 inhabitants/km²
Insee code97131
IntercommunalityCA du Sud Basse-Terre

Nearest cities & towns

Terre-de-Bas5.9 km (12 min)
Trois-Rivières14.4 km (27 min)
Vieux-Fort15.8 km (29 min)
Gourbeyre17.6 km (31 min)
Capesterre-Belle-Eau21 km (35 min)
Basse-Terre21 km (36 min)
Saint-Claude22 km (37 min)
Baillif25 km (42 min)
Vieux-Habitants28 km (47 min)
Grand-Bourg29 km (48 min)
Goyave29 km (48 min)
Saint-Louis30 km (49 min)

Things to see and do

A stage or a stay in Terre-de-Haut may include the discovery of some vestiges of the colonial era, testimonies of the battles Franco-English and the defensive devices put in place. This is the case of Fort Louis, which became Napoleon's stronghold, erected in 1779. As a protective enclosure, it was reinforced under Napoleon III according to the principles of Vauban's bastions. It was never used except as a garrison (until 1890). The visit includes a room dedicated to the evocation of the battle of 1782. Information in +33 6 90 50 73 47.

On the islet at Cabrit, off the coast at Fond-du-Curé, remains of Fort Josephine dating from 1777, rebuilt in the nineteenth after its destruction by the English. During the second half of the 19th century, a detention center and a lazaretto were built, which closed at the beginning of the 20th century. The island has since recovered its tranquility...

Other legacies of agitated past are still visible on the main island, old batteries that can be included in hiking trails.

The enchanting landscape, the charm of the creole dwellings or the wild spaces of the interior of the island are all reasons to discover Terre-de-Haut on foot or by mountain bike. And with a little luck, it is possible to spot a Caribbean iguana, protected species... All information on the trails and route at +33 5 90 94 30 61.

But Terre-de-Haut is also renowned for its beaches (more than a dozen), usually covered with golden sand. The main (Anse du Bourg, Fond-du-Cure cove, Grande Anse) more readily welcome a family audience and ships and sailing boats in anchorage. Others, more difficult to access sometimes, will delight the tourists in search of tranquility.

For the practice of diving, please call +33 5 90 99 88 80; For small cruises on a sailboat with skipper, contact the +33 5 90 99 58 69.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

There is no question of visiting Terre-de-Haut without taking advantage of the vegetable and fish market on Tuesday morning, rue Cassin (Fond-du-Curé). The opportunity also to taste a "torment of love", culinary specialty of the island (tart with the coconut jam and guava with a biscuit).

Detailed information

Triskell Cup
A fun, sporty sailing regatta on the islands of GuadeloupeFrom 2 to 4 november 2017


Thursday 19 october
Min. 27°C - Max. 30°C
Friday 20 october
Min. 27°C - Max. 30°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 26°C - Max. 30°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Sea diving at the Cousteau Reserve
Sports sensations40 € Bouillante (40 km)
Diving and snorkelling at the Cousteau Reserve
Sports sensations35 € Bouillante (40 km)
Game fishing in Côte-sous-le-vent
Sports sensations160 € Bouillante (40 km)
Guided tour with flippers in the Cousteau reserve
Nature and the great outdoors20 € to 100 € Pointe-Noire (43 km)
Massage and private hot tub in a Creole garden
Well-being70 € to 140 € Pointe-Noire (49 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Pointe des Châteaux
HikeEasy1h00Saint-François (53 km)
Gate of Hell of the Moule by cove Conchou and cove Salabouelle
HikeEasy2h00Le Moule (59 km)

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