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Deshaies is a port town on Basse-Terre Island, part of the French oversea territory Guadeloupe (Lesser Antilles). The town covers a total area of approx 31 km2 (12 ml2) and has population around 5,000.
Guadeloupe's other cruise port is Pointe-a-Pitre (Grande-Terre Island).
- Deshaies is on the Basse-Terre Island's northwestern coast. The town, along with its littoral zone of Large Cape, preserve vestiges of Guadeloupe's primitive vegetation at the time of the arrival of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506). Columbus visited the island for the first time on November 4, 1493. The deep-water bay was also the best naturally protected. In the following years, it was used as shelter by pirates and other corsairs. There is a legend about a huge treasure hidden on Basse-Terre Island.
- The local economy is largely based on agriculture (sugar, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bananas). Fishing is another major industry. Craft industry is well developed. Wooden hand-made souvenirs can be bought in local shops.
- Since 2011, Deshaies is the major filming place of the "Death in Paradise" TV series.
- Deshaies was the first Club Med village intended for exclusively American customers (currently Langley Resort Hotel Fort Royal Guadeloupe). The resort has Basse-Terre Island's only hotel - built directly on the beach. Grand-Anse (Guadeloupe's biggest beach) is also located nearby.
Deshaies cruise terminal
Deshaies is a tender cruise port, which means that cruise ships anchor in the bay and their passengers are transported via the ship's tender boats.
Port Deshaies cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Deshaies, Basse-Terre Island, Guadeloupe. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|13 December, 2019|