France, Guadeloupe French West Indies, Grande Terre, the castle point
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La Pointe des Châteaux is a wind- and wave-battered peninsula that extends into the Atlantic off Guadeloupe’s east coast. A fragile strip of land with castlelike rock formations, it has been placed on the list of Grands Sites de France, which aims to protect France’s “natural monuments and sites of artistic, historic, legendary or picturesque character.” The dramatic site offers views of La Désirade, Petite Terre and Marie-Galante. While most travelers think of Guadeloupe as a single island, it’s actually an archipelago that includes these three islands.