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Exploring Guadeloupe’s Treasures

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An archipelago of five islands (Basse Terre, Grande Terre, Les Saintes, Marie Galante, and La Désirade) tucked away in the Lesser Antilles between Dominica and Antigua, Guadeloupe has long been popular with European travelers seeking sunnier climes, as the island nation is a French overseas territory. But now word is spreading. Thanks to seasonal nonstop flights between the States and Pointe-à-Pitre on Norwegian Air, it’s never been easier to discover the treasures of the “Pearl of the French-Caribbean” for yourself. Here’s where to begin.
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Monteran, St Claude 97120, Guadeloupe
If hiking a volcano ranks high on your travel wish list, book your ticket to Guadeloupe, stat. In the national park on Basse Terre—the most lush and tropical of Guadeloupe’s islands—looms La Soufrière, with a summit elevation of more than 4,800...
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480 rue de la Savane, Terre-de-Haut 97137, Guadeloupe
A short 20-minute ferry ride from the southern shores of Basse Terre, Les Saintes is Guadeloupe’s crowning jewel. A cluster of nine islands, all but two of which are uninhabited, Les Saintes is the definition of natural, unspoiled Caribbean...
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Plage de Malendure, Bouillante, Guadeloupe
Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau—20th-century explorer, conservationist, documentarian, and dive pioneer—was such an early champion of the protection and preservation of Guadeloupe’s rich marine biodiversity and underwater seascapes that its most...
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Rue Des Cités Unies, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe’s largest city, Pointe-à-Pitre, is known as the New Orleans of the Caribbean—and indeed, the two port cities have much in common, including a history of French colonialism, a rich architectural heritage, and an affinity for music. On...
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Localite Ziotte, Deshaies 97126, Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe has dozens of beaches in sands of every hue, from the powdery, crystalline white sand of Sainte-Anne to the black-sand beaches of southern Basse Terre. But no beach tour of Guadeloupe would be complete without a visit to Grande Anse...