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Key Info

St-François,

Price & Hours

Free

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Natural Wonders, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Pointe des Châteaux's striking cliff formations define Grande-Terre's easternmost edge, marking where the Atlantic Ocean collides with the Caribbean Sea. You'll notice a cluster of hollowed limestone coves, sculpted over time by turbulent winds and rough waves. Once you've hiked to the top to admire the eye-catching cliffs, retreat to Pointe des Châteaux's small beach or visit one of the sandy stretches lining the island's southern shoreline. Plage Tarare is another popular sunning spot for those who like sporting minimal swimwear and sprawling across heaps of white sand. You'll find Plage Tarare on Pointe des Châteaux's northern side.

Recent travelers highlight Pointe des Châteaux's dramatic scenery. "The drive out to the point was lovely and we found Pointe des Châteaux easily. Although we did not swim in lovely beaches, we did admire the rugged seashore," comments one TripAdvisor user.

You can reach Pointe des Châteaux by driving south along N5 from St-François. Along the way, you'll pass Le Moule, a 17th-century coastal destination that once attracted sailors and sugar cane seekers. If you have some spare time, Le Moule is worth exploring.

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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 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.

Recent travelers recommend packing bug spray and snacks for the trip. One TripAdvisor user notes, "The area is kept very natural and the hiking trails are well-marked [...] Remember to bring proper foot wear as the trails can be muddy if it has been raining."

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