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Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.5Value
  • 1.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Head to this deserted islet for snorkeling, sunbathing and great views. Located in front of the Datcha beach in Gosier, the islet is accessible via a shuttle you can catch at the end of the pier by Tabarin beach, or you can simply kayak or swim there. There is a lighthouse located on the islet, which makes for scenic photos, and one bar/restaurant if you get hungry or thirsty.

Recent visitors appreciated how inexpensive it is to take the shuttle (5 euros, or about $6) and said the snorkeling in the crystal clear waters is great. Others were careful to note that there is no bathroom on the island.

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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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