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These two small unihabitated islands provide a popular daytrip for Guadeloupe visitors in search of crystal clear waters and superb snorkeling. If you'd rather explore the beach, you'll find ideal sunbathing conditions thanks to the soft sands. You'll likely visit Terre-de-Bas, as the other island is a protected conservation area.

Recent visitors raved about the excellent snorkeling and abundance of sea life, including turtles, stingrays and even lemon sharks, in the clear waters. Travelers typically visit the island with a tour company, such as Uhaina or Tarzan Excursion Guadeloupe, which earns great reviews. You'll find the islands a few miles southeast of Grande-Terre. Boat tours typically depart from the marina in Saint-François. Access to the islands is free, but you'll have to pay to take a boat to reach them.

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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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