7 islands that’ll make you feel like you’re in Death In Paradise

To celebrate Death in Paradise being recommissioned for an eighth series, here's some islands to visit to make you feel like you're in the BBC show.

Our virtual visits to the fictional island of Saint Marie with new Death in Paradise star Ardal O'Hanlon, on our screens on BBC One, might seem like nothing more than a fanciful escape - and true, the thought of white sand between our toes and sunlight on our necks is certainly a distant one at this time of year.

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But there are plenty of real-life islands which match Saint Marie for beauty, if not drama – so put some of these hot destinations and little-known secrets on your bucket list.

1. Guadeloupe

There’s no better way to imagine you’re on the case with DI Goodman and the team than by visiting the real-life island where the show shoots.

 

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Most filming occurs on Basse-Terre, the western island of French overseas region Guadeloupe, which holds mountain ranges, rainforests and volcanos between its glorious coasts. Visit the stunning Carbet Falls, a series of 400-foot tall waterfalls in the south of the island.

2. Martinique

The nearby island of Martinique is rich in history, with the 17th century French Fort St. Louis recently opened to the public.

The colourful capital of Fort-de-France is a spitting image of Death In Paradise’s fictional Honoré - and if you fancy some more adventure, you can sail out to the impressive Diamond Rock, two miles off the coastline.

3. Aruba

Hardly a well-kept secret, Aruba is the most-visited island in the region - but it’s still worth adding it to your island-hopping itinerary if you want Saint Marie’s beautiful harbours brought to mind.

With the twisting coastline of Eagle Beach and the exotic bars and restaurants of capital Oranjestad, there’s a reason so many sun-seekers flock to Aruba.

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4. Aitutaki

Marooned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you can’t get much further from the hectic day-to-day than by visiting the Cook Islands. Aitutaki is the second-largest and possibly most-beautiful of the group - it boasts curling lagoons, bright-blue waters, and a nine-hole golf course.

Make the most of your time and hop across to the other islands, too; Rarotonga matches Saint Marie’s ragged mountains and rainforests in beauty.

5. St. Lucia

With its powdery white-sand beaches and jaw-dropping coastline, it’s easy to see why St. Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s most-visited destinations.

The island raises Saint Marie’s one volcano with two of its own, and you can hike up one of the Pitons for a truly breath-taking view of the island and the Caribbean Sea. Or simply snorkel around Marigot Bay if you fancy a more gentle activity.

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6. Curaçao

If tranquillity is what you’re after, get ahead of the game by visiting Aruba’s lesser-known neighbour island.

 

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The shallow waters of the appropriately-named Blue Bay Beach are just waiting to be waded through, and you can swim with turtles at Playa Grandi in the north of the island. Alternatively, sip on a cocktail and take in the sights outside one of Willemstad’s rainbow-coloured bars.

7. Abaco Islands

This thin strip of land in the Bahamas is a rarely-discovered paradise, just a short hop from Miami. If you seek it out, you’ll be rewarded with untampered forests, local bars and restaurants, and spectacular birdlife.

Across the bay sits Hope Town, a sparsely-populated but welcoming destination with a picturesque lighthouse, where the main form of travel is golf buggy. The Abacos are a must-visit if you want a slow, peaceful getaway – but don’t expect many murder mysteries here.

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