Guadeloupe

To see each "wing" of the butterfly, you'll need to budget at least one day. They are connected by a bridge, and Grande-Terre has pretty villages along its south coast and the spectacular Pointe des Châteaux. You can see the main sights in Pointe-à-Pitre in a half day. Touring the rugged, mountainous Basse-Terre is a challenge. If time is a problem, head straight to the west coast; you could easily spend a day traveling its length, stopping for sightseeing, lunch, and a swim. You can make day trips to the islands, but an overnight or more works best. Leave your heavy luggage in the baggage room of your "mainland" hotel and take a small bag on the ferry.

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  • 1. Bouillante

    Town/Village

    The name means "boiling," and so it's no surprise that hot springs were discovered here. However, the biggest attraction is scuba diving on...Read More

  • 2. Chutes du Carbet

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    You can reach three of the Carbet Falls (one drops from 65 feet, the second from 360 feet, the third from 410 feet) via a long, steep path from...Read More

  • 3. Ilet de Pigeon

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This tiny, rocky island a few hundred yards off the coast is the site of the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park, the island's best scuba and snorkeling...Read More

  • 4. Les Mamelles

    Mountain

    Two mountains—Mamelle de Petit-Bourg, at 2,350 feet, and Mamelle de Pigeon, at 2,500 feet—rise in the Parc National de la Guadeloupe. Mamelle...Read More

  • 5. Parc National de la Guadeloupe

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This 74,100-acre park has been recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Before going, pick up a Guide to the National Park from the tourist...Read More

  • 6. Plage de la Grande-Anse

    Beach

    One of Guadeloupe's widest beaches has soft beige sand sheltered by palms. To the west it's a round verdant mountain. It has a large parking...Read More

  • 7. Plage de Malendure

    Beach

    Across from Pigeon Island and the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park, this long, gray, volcanic beach on the Caribbean's calm waters has restrooms...Read More

  • 8. La Bonifierie/Ti café

    Restaurant

    When it comes to the island's coffee and chocolate experiences, this place takes the cake. Within the attractive complex comprised of fieldstone...Read More

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