There's not much to do in the itsy, bitsy town of DeShaies, Guadeloupe, but take it slow and enjoy the finer points of Caribbean vacationing. From its easy atmosphere to breathtaking access to sea turtles, this island is one from the movies. With miniature-scale one-way streets featuring lively colored architecture and French-speaking yuppies everywhere, it's both curious and exotic. Jump into the view in the below picture and audio from one of the few beach restaurants on the island, La Savane
, where the WiFi and pineapple sorbet are excellent on both fronts.:
What else is there to do besides eat and surf the WiFi like a properly addicted Westerner? Well, a kayak and snorkeling equipment rental runs about $10 an hour from any little snorkel rental shop on the block. Ask for the centre de plongée
. Getting out, alone into the water is the secret to getting to swim alongside wild sea turtles, the very cute but very endangered animal,
I discovered from the plongée
lady I rented my kayak, snorkel, mask and flippers from. The two turtles I saw while in the warm, teal waters didn't seem too intimidated by my presence at all. They just kept on their course, as did I.
PHOTO OF ME! CREDIT: LARRY MANN
It's easy to paddle out and feel small amongst the boats anchored off shore. This is where to find what vacation is all about: the silence, being on the water, and being alone in nature while also being perfectly safe, basking in the bright, Caribbean sun.
Up next: Monserrat. If you don't know by now, you will.
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