The town stretches along a deep and beautiful bay , a perfect sheltered anchorage . There is a main street, pleasant and commercial and a small harbor with a few fishing boats. No real beach in the city but translucent turquoise waters.
The history of Dehaies is rather turbulent. The origins of the name are unclear, related to a river, or a worthy person ... During the 17th and 18th centuries , due to its anchorage, the city was a perfect hideout for pirates and buccaneers from all sides .
However, no trace of the passage of Jack Sparrow ...
It was attacked many times by the English, and therefore often looted. Completely isolated, quite inaccessible by land, it relied on militias for its protection, the remaining guns being a relic of this period.
Isolation only ended in 1957 with the opening of the road between Deshaies and Pointe Noire in the south. The town grew, more modern and it now takes advantage of its geographical assets.
Dealing with the larger holiday plants in the the Grande Terre, Deshaies has kept a real charm while offering a variety of host structures. There are several attractive places, first the beautiful beaches, the most beautiful of the Basse Terre , as Grande Anse , La Perle or Ferry and Port Royal( see below ), then the botanical garden, not to mention the proximity to Sainte Rose and the mangrove and, southbound, Pointe Noire.
Deshaies is one of the highlights of tourism in Basse Terre , it is worth a visit and more, a stay...
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The town's streets
DEATH IN PARADISE
Since 2011 Dehaies has become the filming location of an Anglo-French crime series, "Death in Paradise".
The mini serie uses the buidings, streets and locations of Deshaies as a scenery. Go and see all details and pictures on the special page "Death in Paradise".
PLAGE DE FERRY/LEROUX
Before arriving at the village, coming from the South, from Pointe Noire, we find the area of Ferry. Just before the descent to Ferry there is a very pretty beach, beneath the road, called Leroux. It is possible to park along the road that climbs to the right, wile parking at the bottom near the beach is limited.
The beach is quiet, with sandy bottoms, rocks for the mask / snorkel and even a bit of shade on the north side. It only lacks a shower.