Guadeloupe for Families
Collected by Lebawit Lily Girma , AFAR Local Expert
On Guadeloupe, keeping active with the family is a part of everyday life. Parents love to head outside and play with their kids. Many beaches are illuminated at night, so families can go for a swim, jog, or game of volleyball even after the adults have finished work. Guadeloupe National Park is everyone’s favorite outdoor playground, offering nature hikes, waterfalls, and thermal pools for all ages. The archipelago is, therefore, a great place for families to visit. And there’s also cultural learning in the form of botanical gardens, colorful markets, museums, and former plantations.
Délair 97180 Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe
Located in Sainte-Anne, Karukera Land is a recreational park that makes for a fun and self-contained outing for families. Learn about the island’s flora with a walk through the tropical gardens, and visit a range of Caribbean fauna, from goats to...
Petite Plaine Pointe Noire, 97116, Guadeloupe
Habitation Côte-Sous-Le-Vent, located in Pointe Noire, Basse-Terre, is part botanical garden, part cultural site, and part amusement park. There are multiple displays with English audio devices offering insight into The Guadeloupe Islands’ flora...
Monteran, St Claude 97120, Guadeloupe
Covering nearly two thirds of Basse-Terre island, Guadeloupe National Park is an astounding 54,000 acres of lush rain forest, plus offshore mangrove and coral reefs. Some of the island’s best-known sights are inside the park, including active La...
Malendure 97125, Bouillante, Guadeloupe
The black-sand Plage de Malendure on Basse-Terre is a water sports hub, home to dive shops that head out to the Jaques Cousteau Reserve. It’s a great spot to park the family for a day of swimming, snorkeling, or kayaking over to the Pigeon...
Chemin de Valombreuse, Cabout, Petit Bourg 97170, Guadeloupe
One of Guadeloupe’s largest recreational nature parks, stretching a little over 12 acres, Jardins de Valombreuse is set on lush Basse-Terre and offers a family escape amid a manicured landscape of tropical plants and flowers flanked by rain...
La Datcha, Guadeloupe
A favorite with Guadeloupeans, Plage de la Datcha in Gosier is busy with diners enjoying the beachfront restaurants and roadside snack stands, as well as snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking over to Gosier Islet, visible from shore. The vibe is...
Îlet du Gosier, Guadalupa, Guadeloupe
After grabbing lunch on the ultra-local Plage de la Datcha on the south of Grande-Terre, hop on an afternoon boat shuttle from the beach to nearby Îlet du Gosier. You can spot the islet from shore—and if you’re fit, you can even kayak or swim...
Conveniently located less than a five-minute walk from Sainte-Anne Beach, the Village Artisanal is a partially open-air, ground level strip mall lined with arts and crafts boutiques. Vibrant colors bounce off the walls from all the beachwear,...
Anse Salee, Guadeloupe
Le Rivage, specializing in Creole cuisine, is a charming place to stop for lunch on the way back from hiking Guadeloupe National Park. This casual, family-friendly establishment has a wood-floored dining room with shutters opening onto views of...
Pointe Noire, Guadeloupe
Take a walk through the gardens at La Maison du Cacao and get a lesson on chocolate making, from the tree to the roasting to the production. Located in Pointe-Noire, an area where cacao once grew abundantly, Maison du Cacao offers tastings and an...
Rue Frébault, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
On the weekend, market days in Pointe-à-Pitre are like an outdoor celebration, with gwo-ka drumming on the streets leading to the markets. Browse the attractive stalls brimming with spice-filled bags at the Spice Market before checking out the...
Locals agree that Marie-Galante is the “real” Guadeloupe. Daily ferries whisk visitors and residents back and forth to this island, 40 minutes south of Grande-Terre across occasionally choppy waters. But the charming, pastoral island is well worth...
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