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Six Tiny Islets in Guadeloupe

SOMETIMES, small islands aren’t small enough, even in Guadeloupe, an island hopper’s dream come true with five major islands to check out. But the French Caribbean archipelago also has a number of tiny islets dotting the water, the perfect places to check out for an afternoon getaway. Here are seven of them.

Ilet du Gosier — This speck of land off the coast of the beach town of Gosier has an old lighthouse and a Robinson Crusoe vibe. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s home to a world-class beach bar called Ti’ Robinson.

Ilet Caret — Located in the marine reserve of Grand-cul-du-Sac, between Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, Îlet Caret is an idyllic desert island getaway named for the species of turtle that nest there during nesting season.

Ilet Blanc — Born from Hurricane Hugo, Îlet Blanc is the newest islet to Guadeloupe collection of islets and is a protected islet; visits are prohibited during May 1 to August 30 to allow protected species to nest.

Îlet à Cabrit — This is one of the seven uninhabited islets of the Les Saintes archipelago (famous for the island of Terre de Haut). It’s a secret day getaway for those truly in the know, especially for yachters. It’s also home to the remains of Fort Josephine.

Ilet Kawane — It’s so called for its resemblance to a turtle, a species which is ever-present in its waters. It’s located off the coast of Deshaies in Basse-Terre. It’s also a popular dive spot. (Above: Ilet Kawane as viewed from the Langley Fort Royal Hotel).

Tête à l’Anglais — Another islet near Deshaies, it received its name during the French-British naval wars in the region as French soldiers, thinking the shape resembled the head of an English man, fired test shots at it. Today, it’s protected for bird reproduction.

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