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les Hauts de Sainte Anne

Price & Hours

Free

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Beaches, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

This long, golden beach on the south coast of Grande-Terre is pretty peaceful during the week, but can get crowded on the weekends. Visitors like to collect shells on the beach and swim in the shallow waters.

Recent visitors praised the clean, white sand beach and the calm, clear waters. Plus, since it is located quite close to town, it's easy to find places to eat and drink. Toilets and shower facilities are also available. Access is free. If you're driving and hoping to easily score a parking spot, plan to arrive early in the day.

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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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