Hard to believe that it is still less than 12 months ago when my wife and I visited the port of Pointe a Pitre on the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe. Indeed, if the truth were known, it was the chance to visit Guadeloupe that was the deciding factor in taking that particular cruise…
It all stemmed from the fact that my wife is a great fan of the British TV series, Death in Paradise…
…while I was prompted to write this particular review when we spotted that a new series is due to be shown this coming Thursday, 7 January 2021.
The series is filmed on Guadeloupe, in and around the village of Deshaies – which doubles for the town of Honoré on the fictional island of Saint Marie – which is some 41 Km from the port of Pointe a Pitre…
There were initially a number of obstacles to be overcome for us to get to Deshaies. While there is normally a local bus service, they don’t run on Sundays – the day we were visiting. Research directed us initially to a local tour guide, Mirva Lempiainen, whose web site is…
Unfortunately, due to other commitments, Mirva couldn’t accommodate us on our dates but very kindly put us in touch with another tour guide operator, Krisztina Kovacs, who can be found via Facebook..
https://www.facebook.com/karibialmok/ or email… email@example.com
On arrival at Deshaies…
…we took the opportunity of a photo shoot along the waterfront which featured prominently in the series…
We then headed for the centre piece and focal point of the series, The Honoré Police Station for the fictional island of Saint Marie. Honoré police station is next to Deshaies church in the centre of town…
That, by the way, is Krisztina with my wife above in the car park of Honore Police Station which, as luck would have it, was ‘open to visitors’…
There was a small charge of €10 per person…
…which basically gave us the run of the place…
Come on inside the set…
While of course neither of us could miss one particular photo opportunity…
Plus a different take on a shoot….
There can be little doubt that after the police station the most popular venue in the series is Catherine’s Bar and that was our next destination, but a short walk back to the waterfront…
…where a few drinks were in order…
…along with more souvenir photos…
Krisztina was very good and took us to a number of locations where filming had taken place…
including to the beach near Deshaies where filming of the detective’s beach shack home takes place, three miles north of Deshaies on Plage de la Perle…
…though sadly the actual shack gets dismantled between filming because a lot of the sand on the beach gets washed away in winter storms. But off season you can see the foundations at one end of the beach…
That basically concluded the ‘Death in Paradise’ element of our day which, thanks to Krisztina, proved awesome.
But there really was more. Having collected us promptly at the cruise terminal she gave us a quick familiarisation drive through Pointe a Pitre…
…before heading north across the island towards the area around Deshaies. Also included, a short distance past Deshaies, was a visit to the island’s famous Deshaies Botanical Garden…
…and then, on our return to Pointe a Pitre, Krisztina even found time to navigate the town’s streets in order that we saw much of the amazing carnival procession before returning onboard…
That concludes this review of our visit to the set of ‘Death in Paradise’ which was an all-round great success. I see that for 2021/2022 a number of different cruise lines popular with us Brits have programmed in visits to Guadeloupe and trust that this review will be of assistance to those wishing to follow in our footsteps.
As mentioned, it is also possible to do this visit by local bus which would be cheaper. However, that would preclude a number of those additional stops we made, as well as taking considerably longer for the basic journey to Deshaies.
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Thank you for such an informative review. I too love Death in Paradise and booked the Oceania Riviera in Feb 2022 because it has a stop in Guadeloupe. You have made my research so much easier.
Love your how to see reviews.
Thank you so much for this information. We’ve got 2 cruises booked which are calling there and I’m a big fan of the series. So if P&O do allow us to do self organised trips this will be useful
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Never had watched the programme before .but visited it on a private tour .when we cruised couple years ago .lovely place . The police station was shut when we visited. .but did go in the building next door. Watched the programme on returning home .
Great Blog! Thanks for the info – I’m even madder that we didn’t make it on our visit … next time!!
Perfect timing Richard.
Just about to sit down to watch episode 1 of the new series.
Speak to you soon
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Thanks for reposting this Richard! This is one of our favorite shows and it’s fun to see your photos of the shooting locations.
Happy New Year!
Joyce & Richard Law
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I’m very late to Death in Paradise having only watched the last series but want to go back and watch from the beginning. Would really enjoy to do a tour like this, drink in the beach bar and visit the police station!
We have also been on the Preziosa in the Mediterranean
In 2019 we went to Martinique and did the same trip as you.
We loved the islands so clean.
Keep up the good work we love your blog.
I am also British living in Canada and love Death in Paradise.
Only cruise on MSC as my husband is Italian we have done the Mediterranean and went to Israel.
Also the Canaries and the Caribbean east and west.