Guadeloupe is a former French colony that offers a unique combination of the native and colonial traditions. Not to mention the scenery that is absolutely stunning. In this article, we shall present some of the most prominent natural and cultural assets of this amazing, exotic location.
La Soufrière Hike, Basse-Terre
Enjoy the hike to this active volcano, surrounded by outlandish landscape and amazing views of the area. Some of the lovely things waiting for you on this route are the triple waterfall Chutes du Carbet and a crater-formed mountain lake Etang As de Pique. This combination of exercise and worthy surroundings is an ideal vacation activity.
Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Natural Reserve Boat Tour
Take a boat tour and get to know Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Natural Reserve. The reserve consists of mangrove forests, coral reefs, lagoons and seagrass meadows. It also falls under the protection of UNESCO, as Guadeloupe Archipelago Biosphere Reserve. Observe the vibrant animal life, species such as turtles, and giant sponges, spend some lovely time at the beaches or simply enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding you.
Terre-de-Bas Island, Les Saintes
This lovely island is full of sleepy fishing hamlets, untouched natural beauty, and some amazing beaches. It features some interesting hiking possibilities, as well as some historical sites. The biggest village on the island is Gros-Cap, which is also the starting point of the available hiking trails.
La Désirade Day Trip
This island has a name as interesting as its history. It means “the desired one”, and it used to be a leper colony. Luckily, nowadays it is a geological nature reserve and the perfect getaway for those who prefer more recluse summer destinations. The beaches are first class, there are many hiking opportunities, it is pretty quiet, and you might come across some interesting animals, like goats or iguanas.