After landing at Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, on the island of Grande-Terre (direct American Air and Seaborne flights launched last April), most tourists head to the nearby ferry terminal, Gare Maritime Internationale de Bergevin, to catch an Express-des-Iles ferry to Les Saintes, but this proves to be a longer and lackluster boat ride. Instead, catch the CTM Deher ($30 round-trip, discount for advance booking, 590-92-06-39) departing from Trois Rivières, a seaside town located on Basse-Terre. This means a smooth 45-minute drive from Pointe-à-Pitre, passing through Guadeloupe's most verdant lands: rolling hills, sugar cane and pineapple fields, scenic fishing villages, and views of La Soufrière volcano in the distance. The last boat leaves for Terre-de-Haut at 4:30 p.m; grab a seat at the back, waterproof camera ready to capture the stunning shoreline of red-rooftop-studded hills.
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Published on Feb 13, 2014 as a web exclusive.