Iles des Saintes (aka Les Saintes) islands are part of a small archipelago in the French Antilles (Lesser Antilles). Near Les Saintes islands is located Basse-Terre Island (to the north), Marie-Galante Island (to the east) and Dominica Island (to the south).
Saintes islands are fully encircled by shallow coral reefs. The archipelago consisys of two inhabited isles (Terre-de-Haut, and Terre-de-Bas)- plus 7 other smaller and uninhabited islands - named Ilet a Cabrit, Grand-Ilet, La Coche, Le Pate, La Redonde, Les Augustins, Les Roches Percees. This territory's location is at around:
- 2200 km (1400 ml) from Florida USA
- 600 km (370 ml) from South America
- 560 km (350 ml) from Puerto Rico
- 330 km (210 ml) from Barbados
- 20 km (12 ml) from Dominica
- 14 km (9 ml) from Guadeloupe
Iles des Saintes are a Caribbean dependency territory of Guadeloupe (one of France's overseas territories). Administratively, this is a French canton divided into 2 island municipalities - Terre-de-Haut, and Terre-de-Bas.
As part of Guadeloupe (France), Saintes islands are also part of the European Union's ultra peripheral regions. On the big islands (Haut and Bas) there are city halls, PTT (La Poste) offices, 6 schools.
Iles des Saintes cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Iles des Saintes (Guadeloupe) dock at Terre-de-Haut Island's port. This is a tender port. Its docking pier is too small for cruise vessels, so they anchor near the island and transport their passengers to the pier via the ship's tender boats.
On Terre-de-Haut Island is located Les Saintes Airport that serves the archipelago. The airstrip is built on an isthmus in the middle of the island.