Sailing#15 in Best Things To Do in Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe's brilliant waters cast magnificent hues of green and blue, luring seafarers to set sail. But before you hoist anchor, you should note the strong winds and currents can be challenging for novice sailors, to say the least. If you would rather relax aboard and let someone else take the helm, there are plenty of luxury yacht charter operators that cruise around Grande-Terre, Les Saintes, La Desirade and Marie-Galante. A day on the water is highly recommended by recent travelers. Before you seek out independent companies, check to see if your hotel can arrange a day cruise of sunset sail for you, or if it has a list of reputable companies to get you started. Your resort may also have a sailing center where you can schedule lessons with an instructor.
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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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