Vieux-Habitants was one of the first settlements established by European colonists (1637). The site had long been a centre of Amerindian civilisation, as evident from rock carvings along the River Duplessis. The village's farming activity began with tobacco, cotton and indigo growing, prior to the introduction of coffee in 1720. Achiote was also widely cultivated (its red seeds were used as a colourant). The village and its beach are charming, as is the hinterland where little ridge paths offer splendid views.