La Grivelière, Vieux Habitants
Musée du Café, Vieux Habitants
Eglise de Vieux Habitants

Vieux Habitants

Vieux Habitants

Vieux Habitants, the oldest commune of Guadeloupe founded in 1636 is a town full of history. The name "Old Habitants" comes from the name given to the oldest settler, Nicolas Suyllart de la Ramée. Vieux Habitants attracts tourists curious to know the cultural heritage of Guadeloupe. Come and discover its magnificent natural and cultural sites.

Vieux Habitants was an agricultural commune, known for its coffee, its vanilla but also for its tobacco, indigo and cotton.

Vieux Habitants has the oldest of the churches of Guadeloupe, the Saint Joseph church, built in the 18th century by workers from Limousin. The curiosity of this church comes from its steeple with several roofs.

Come discover also the Habitation la Grivelière managed by the Association Verte Vallée. This coffee house, classified as a Historic Monument, can be visited (guided tour of the garden and its coffee plantations, cocoa and vanilla as well as the house of the master, the slaves' huts ...)

Anse à la Barque beach, magnificent protected bay with 2 lighthouses offers a nice panorama.

You can observe rocks engraved by Amerindians at the Duplessis River.

Practical infos

Tourist office

29 Bld des Habissois souverains
Le Bourg

Tél: 05 90 98 33 43

Fax: 05 90 98 34 77

Places to visit

  • The church of Saint Joseph: first church of Guadeloupe with a bell tower with several roofs
  • The Anse à la Barque
  • The engraved rocks of the Duplessis River
  • Christmas Kakado, 1st Friday after the advent: traditional festival


  • Discover the history of coffee and taste it at L'Habitation la Grivelière and the Café Museum
  • Visit the plantations of bananas, coffee and vanilla at the Domaine de Vanibel