Marie-Galante
Courtesy of Office du Tourisme de Marie-Galante

Key Info

Marie-Galante

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Ever since Christopher Columbus caught sight of Marie-Galante and named the island after his ship, the Maria 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, and 19th-century windmills—add to its rustic ambiance.

Your first stop should be Grand-Bourg, the island's main settlement (located at the southwestern tip of the island) where you'll find a helpful visitor center. From there, head south to tour the Château Murat, a famed 18th-century plantation that features an exhibit detailing the island's history of sugar cane cultivation and rum-making. The chateau welcomes visitors from around 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and admission is free. From here, continue south to Petite-Anse, a golden beach sheltered by sea-grape trees and Le Touloulou, a favored Creole restaurant.

Some visitors suggest carving out a day or two (at least) to explore Marie-Galante. "A half-day (8:00 am to 4:00 pm on the island) is doable to see the main highlights but an overnight stay is recommended […] Life is slower and quieter on this island!" raves one TripAdvisor user.

Marie-Galante is just an hour-long ferry-ride from Pointe-à-Pitre. Consult our guide to Getting Around Guadeloupe for additional information.

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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 Soufrière 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 Traversée, a scenic 16-mile road that cuts through the forest.

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