The quiet fishing village of TROU D’EAU DOUCE, founded by the Dutch and named after a freshwater spring, is the only resort of any size on the east coast with accommodation and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. The local population number around six thousand and still live traditionally; you’ll see men fishing and women carrying vegetables on their heads. The village’s raison d’être today, however, is as the jumping-off point, Île aux Cerfs, a short boat-hop across the bay.

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