Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin#13 in Best Things To Do in Guadeloupe
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This protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve sits in the center of "wings" that make up Guadeloupe's butterfly (between Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre). This chain of coral islets located along a long coral wall is a beautiful place to snorkel, with lots of tropical fish to see. There's also a mangrove forest and opportunities for bird-watching.
The easiest way to visit is through one of many tour operators found on the island; most depart from Sainte-Rose. Recent travelers who booked with Ti-KATA Caraibes highly recommend getting out on the water and said it was a highlight of their visit.
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#1 Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park)
Tucked amid Basse-Terre's verdant mountain landscape sits the Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park), a 74,100-acre rainforest filled with picturesque traces (walking trails). The park's trails brush past lush forest foliage, magnificent waterfalls and the summit of La Soufriere volcano. The trails range from short- to long-distance routes that vary in difficulty. Before you strap on your hiking gear, you'll want to pick up a "Guide to the National Park" brochure from the Guadeloupe tourism office (located in St. Claude, Basse-Terre) to map out your journey. If you would prefer to admire the park's natural splendors from behind the wheel, drive along the Route de la Traversee, a scenic 16-mile road that cuts through the forest.
Recent travelers recommended packing bug spray and snacks for the trip and said there is plenty to see and do in the park. Reviewers also warn that the park is muddy – plan to wear shoes with good traction.
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