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Grand-Bourg

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Free

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Free, Sightseeing, Wineries/Breweries Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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For your chocolate, coffee and rum fixes, you will want to devote some time to touring the islands' plantations and distilleries. You'll find centuries-old plantations peppering the rolling hills of Marie-Galante and the hillsides of Basse-Terre. Among the three distilleries found near Grand-Bourg (Marie-Galante's main town), Distillerie Bielle stands apart as one of the finest, according to recent visitors. On a tour, you'll learn about the process, check out their exhibits and, of course, taste the products. Visit the distillery's website for more information. Distillerie Bologne, which is also located in Basse-Terre, is another popular choice for its scenic location and informative guides. Visit the website (in French) to learn more.

For chocolate, head to La Maison du Cacao, located in Grand Plaine. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the cocoa plantation on a tour, see the chocolate laboratory, then enjoy demonstrations and chocolate tastings. You can also pick up tasty souvenirs to take home in their shop.

La Maison du Cacao is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost 8 euros (about $9) for adults and 4 euros (about $4) for children. For more information, visit the attraction's website.

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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 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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