The Guadeloupe Archipelago is comprised of five beautiful islands, each adding its own distinct flavor to the Guadeloupe experience.
Basse-Terre, the west wing of the “Guadeloupe Butterfly”, lies adjacent to Grande-Terre and is nicknamed the “Emerald Isle”.
Basse-Terre looms above our four other islands with its spectacular mountainous range topped by the very mildly active volcano, La Soufriere, the highest peak in the Eastern Antilles.
Nature is very flamboyant and well preserved on Basse-Terre; there is a National Park, the 7th largest in France, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Across the island you will discover preserved gardens, waterfalls, natural pools, hot springs, sulphur and mud baths, and marine reserves including the renowned Cousteau Reserve.
Guadeloupe’s diverse cultural heritage is on full display in Basse-Terre with a 17th Century Catholic Church, a Hindu Temple, and an archaeological site with remains of the Arawaks, (the first inhabitants of Guadeloupe). Basse-Terre is also the capital city of Guadeloupe.
Basse Terre’s coastline is a colorful selection of beaches, pebbled and sandy, in shades of black, gold, brown, and pink.
The diversity of Basse-Terre means you are spoiled with many choices for activities and adventures. It is the ideal destination for ecotourists, families, honeymooners and romantics, divers and snorkelers, hikers, athletes, adventures, photographers, and heritage and architecture enthusiasts.
List of Things to do in Guadeloupe:
• Explore the National Park, the 7th largest in France
• Hike to the summit of La Soufriere (or to various mid-points via multiple trails)
• Dive amidst vibrant marine life at Cousteau Reserve and visit the underwater statue of Jacques Cousteau
• Learn the history of the first inhabitants, the Arawaks, at the Engraved Rocks Archaeological Park
• Tour the historic districts of Guadeloupe’s capital city, Basse-Terre
• Climb, canyon, and/or just admire the many waterfalls including the spectacular Carbet Falls and Cascade aux Écrevisses (the Crayfish Falls)
• Experience the soft golden sands as well as mesmerizing sunsets at Grande-Anse Beach
• Visit the charming fishing village of Deshaies, the setting of the BBC/PBS Dramedy “Death in Paradise” and popular port of call for sailors
• Enjoy delicious creole cuisine, served with amazing views, at the panoramic restaurant in the Jardin Botanique Deshaies
• Get up close and personal with nature at Parc Zoologique et Botanique de la Guadeloupe by walking atop trees via the suspended bridge 65 feet above ground
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