Recently, I was on a Windstar Cruises journey, and one of our stops was Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, and I instantly fell in love! It was a beautiful island with a lot of variety. I had fun exploring – and I came up with a retirement plan while I was there. No joke! Here’s why.
I was invited by Windstar Cruises to enjoy their ship and write about my journeys. All opinions are my own, and this was my second journey with Windstar (the first was over a decade ago!).
There’s nothing quite like looking back over a Caribbean cove. Gorgeous! With outlying islands, inlets filled with boats and blue water (and skies!), it really is such a lovely place. The vertical photo below is one of my favorites from our whole trip!
For some reason I’m a sucker for forts. They are interesting, and they were built well enough to stand the test of time. Plus, they afford the gorgeous views like the ones above. If there is a fort around, I always make it a point to go! This one on Guadeloupe was Fort Napoleon.
the working beaches
Working beaches are so quaint. I love the fact that there are boats and fishermen peppered in with people lounging and enjoying the water. The shorelines of Les Saintes, Guadeloupe are lined with lovely beaches and colorful boats.
the power of the “angry beach”
On the other side of Les Saintes, Guadeloupe is a beach that I called the “angry beach” because the waves were rolling so quickly. It was a place of solace because there was no one else there, and the only sound was that of the heavily crashing waves. Even so, it was an interesting place to be – and a ton of loofah had washed up on the beach. It was appealing to me all the same.
While on the beach, I found a pelican just minding his own business. It was so cute to see one in real life just minding his own business like he belonged there…which, he did, I guess! In the video below, you can also see some of the beach area right along where all the boats are anchored.
The colors. The details. The florals. I mean, who wouldn’t want to retire on an island in a bungalow with an orange roof? So pretty! Everything is made to withstand the weather and the outdoors, yet it is all so lovely at the same time.
Ok, well, I guess this is a morbid place to end a retirement plan post, but that’s not my intent. Even the cemeteries on Guadeloupe (and the other Caribbean islands) are lovely. They are sturdy and stately, and I adore how this one is nestled in the mountains. Lovely.
If those aren’t reasons enough, I actually came up with TWO business plans while I was on Guadeloupe. It was fun to soak up the sun on the beach and dream a bit about staying there forever and ever. What a lovely place filled with activity, beauty and people living their daily lives. I hope you get to go someday!
Want to read more about my journeys in the Caribbean? Take a peek here!