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Best Things To Do in Guadeloupe

Sunbathers are attracted to the secluded sunny shores scattered around Les Saintes, Marie-Galante, and La Désirade. But adventurous types looking to make the most out of a day at the beach can find some awe-inspiring scenery in Guadeloupe National Park. When night falls, savor Creole cuisine and listen to the soothing sound of zouk (African-influenced Caribbean music) flowing through your hotel.

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  • #1
    Things to do in Guadeloupe
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    Tucked amid Basse-Terre's verdant mountain landscape sits theParc National de la Guadeloupe(Guadeloupe National Park), a 74,100-acre rainforest filled with picturesquetraces(walking trails). The park's trails brush past lush forest foliage, magnificent waterfalls, and the summit of La Soufrière volcano. The trails range from short- to long-distance routes that vary in difficulty.

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    Les Saintes
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    Les Saintes consists of eight islands skirting Guadeloupe's southern coast. The picturesque cluster gets its name from explorer Christopher Columbus who, after discovering them in the 15th century, named them Los Santos (translated toLes Saintesin French). Terre-de-Haut, the main island—and the biggest of the bunch—features a variety of bistros, shops,

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    Marie-Galante
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    Ever since Christopher Columbus caught sight of Marie-Galante and named the island after his ship, theMaria Galanda, visitors have been captivated by this enchanting isle. Today, Marie-Galante's unspoiled scenery can be found everywhere, from its quaint chateaus to its isolated sands. And its rolling hills—frosted with powdery sands, sugar plantations,

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    La Désirade
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    It's no wonder Christopher Columbus and his crews were awestruck by the unspoiled beauty of La Désirade (meaning "The Desired One" in French). Legend has it Columbus caught sight of the island after days without fresh drinking water, and hence named the island after his desire to behold landfall (and

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    Plantation and Distillery Tours
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    For your chocolate, coffee, and rum fixes all in one, you will want to devote some time to touring the islands' plantations and distilleries. You'll find centuries-old plantations peppering the rolling hills ofMarie-Galanteand the hillsides of Basse-Terre. Among the three distilleries found near Grand-Bourg (Marie-Galante's main town), Distillerie Bielle stands

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    Pointe-à-Pitre
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    Shoppers looking for discounted French wares—including perfumes, scarves, and cosmetics—should head straight to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe's fashion hub and Grande-Terre's largest city. The streets are narrow and almost always jam-packed during the day, so you'll want to arrive early to beat the rush of fellow shoppers. Apart from perusing the eclectic

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    Plage Caravelle
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    On Grande-Terre's southern edge, just southwest of the quaint town of Ste-Anne, you'll find Plage Caravelle's long, sunny stretch. A preferred spot for snorkelers (the reef-protected waters are typically calm), this lovely beach features brilliant turquoise waves and blindingly white sand fit for lounging. When you need a break from

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    Pointe des Châteaux
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    Pointe des Châteaux's striking cliff formations define Grande-Terre's easternmost edge, marking where the Atlantic Ocean collides with the Caribbean Sea. You'll notice a cluster of hollowed limestone coves, sculpted over time by turbulent winds and rough waves. Once you've hiked to the top to admire the eye-catching cliffs, retreat to

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    La Grande-Anse
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    For a slice of the French Riviera without a long overseas flight, head straight to La Grande-Anse. Draped in soft, khaki-colored sands and tall, swaying palm trees, La Grande-Anse stands as one of Guadeloupe's finest beaches. Though the beach lacks facilities, you'll be content with its calm azure waves and

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    Diving
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    Guadeloupe features calm waters ideal for aquatic enthusiasts. Some of the most popular dive sites lay in the bay of Petit Cul-de-Sac Marin, located just south of Rivière Salée (the channel that parts each wing of Guadeloupe). More standout diving areas fringeLes-Saintes. Diving spots surrounding Fort Napoleon on Terre-de-Haut are

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    Sailing
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    Guadeloupe's brilliant waters cast magnificent hues of green and blue, luring seafarers to set sail. But before you hoist anchor, you should note the strong winds and currents can be challenging for novice sailors, to say the least. If you would rather relax aboard and let someone else take the

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     Parc Zoologique et Botanique de la Guadeloupe (Zoological and Botanical Park of Guadeloupe)
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    A wildlife-lover's paradise, Basse-Terre'sParc Zoologique et Botanique de la Guadeloupe(Zoological and Botanical Park of Guadeloupe) boasts rare and endangered species, including Ti raccoons, iguanas, and parrots. For a bird's-eye view of tropical flora and fauna, stroll across the park's tree top walks (suspended bridges elevated over 65 feet above the

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