Guadeloupe's Greatest Outdoor Experiences
Collected by Lebawit Lily Girma, AFAR Local Expert
Blessed with an archipelago of five islands, not to mention the islets contained within, Guadeloupe is an outdoor adventurer's playground. The sheer size of its national park, occupying nearly two-thirds of Basse-Terre, can keep you busy hiking and exploring waterfalls for weeks. But there is so much more to experience: hundreds of beaches, rich marine life, lush botanical gardens, extreme sports on water and on land, and even that volcano summit.
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...
Plage de Malendure, Bouillante, Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe's most famous dive spot lies off the coast of Basse-Terre, surrounding the Pigeon Islands, and is part of the Guadeloupe National Park’s protected marine assets. Named after Captain Cousteau, who pushed for the protection of this...
Pointe des Châteaux, Guadeloupe
Pointe des Châteaux, a protected natural and heritage site, is one of the most unusual landscapes in the Caribbean region. This rocky, craggy peninsula, which includes singular rock formations jutting out of the ocean, sits on the northeastern...
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...
Often likened to Rio’s Sugar Loaf, and possibly named after it because of the resemblance, Pain de Sucre Beach is an idyllic stretch facing an emerald-and-blue cove along Les Saintes’ bay. It’s off the beaten track and away from the larger daytime...
The path to Terre-de-Haut's Pompierre Beach, the most beautiful on Les Saintes, leads you through a dense labyrinth of gigantic coconut trees where goats quietly graze and stroll. Up front awaits a wide stretch of golden and white sand and a sea...
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...
Like on French counterparts Martinique and St. Martin, Guadeloupean rhum agricole is distilled from 100 percent pure sugar cane juice rather than from molasses (and is known as "rhum" versus "rum"). A number of well-respected small rhum factories...
Deshaies Botanical Garden is one of the largest in the Caribbean and a simple stroll through its 12 acres is a treat. Expect to see flamingos, hummingbirds, parrots, and goats, as well as over 200 species of tropical flora, including hibiscus,...
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...
Anse Salee, Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe packs a solid punch as a surfing destination. On Basse-Terre, black-sand beaches provide decent waves for beginners or even for the experienced who want to show off their skills. The small Plage de Bananier is a popular spot, with an...
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