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23 Best things to do and see in Guadeloupe

We all the time take pleasure in exploring small locations, which supply all type of numerous issues to do and see. We discovered our piece of paradise lately – Guadeloupe – a small Caribbean island, the place you will discover rather more than simply picture-perfect white sandy seashores.

There are such a lot of issues to do and see in Guadeloupe you possibly can discover the island for a month and I can guess, you’ll not even have the ability to do and see every part. However what ought to by no means been missed when touring to Guadeloupe?

Our 23 greatest issues to do and see in Guadeloupe

Seashores in Guadeloupe

Most individuals go to Guadeloupe and with that Caribbean islands due to its paradise seashores and you will see loads of them on Guadeloupe. In truth, exploring totally different seashores and bays is for positive top-of-the-line issues to do and see in Guadeloupe. Our favourite seashores in Guadeloupe are Plage Petit Havre, Plage des Amandiers, Plage de Clugny, Plage de Grande Ans, Plage de la Chapelle and the seashore on the small island of Gosier. Don’t even miss the volcanic black sandy seashore Malendure.

Views in Guadeloupe

The primary island Guadeloupe has a form of a butterfly. The left aspect of the island (Basse Terre) is mountainous and with lush forests and far wilder than the best aspect of the island (Grande Terre), which isn’t as hilly and in addition much less inexperienced. Each side of the island supply some good viewing factors, which ought to undoubtedly get in your listing of should issues to do and see in Guadeloupe. We visited Pointe des Chateaux, Pointe du Piton, Pointe de la Grande Vigie, Level de Petit Bas-Vent, Pointe Batterie ou Pointe Deshaies.

Botanical gardens in Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is wealthy in vegetation so it is possible for you to to seek out many botanical gardens on the island. We visited the Deshaies botanical backyard and beloved it. The Deshaies botanical backyard is very nice to stroll round and study concerning the island’s vegetation. Probably the greatest issues to do and see in Guadeloupe is taking a selfie with the colourful birds, which might be discovered within the Deshaies botanical backyard. You will discover extra concerning the botanical backyard right here. (Entrance charge 15,90 EUR/adults, 10,90 EUR/youngsters)

Meals in Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is wealthy in historical past, what may also be seen in its meals – a mix of Caribbean, French and African delicacies. We all the time take pleasure in tasting new meals and that’s the reason we will simply say that tasting the meals in Guadeloupe is likely one of the tastiest issues to do and see in Guadeloupe. We’ve got eaten lunch out every single day and we by no means had something dangerous on our plates, as every part was extraordinarily scrumptious. The meals consists of many spices, however it isn’t spicy. They use loads of hen, pork and fish. You’ll primarily be served with rice, potato or bananas as a aspect dish. Don’t overlook to style their road meals – sandwich alike Bokit and scrumptious coconut sorbet. We additionally put a shine on their Caribbean BBQ – one phrase – yummy. You’ll find extra about costs of the meals in our particular publish “Easy methods to do Guadeloupe on a price range“.

Rum distillery

Guadeloupe is well-known for its rum. The truth is, rum is so normal in Guadeloupe that if you order it, you don’t simply get a glass of it, however the entire bottle, so you possibly can determine by your self how a lot do you need to have. It’s all the time served with lime juice and sugar cane. One can find many rum distilleries on the island, so tasting tour is among the greatest issues to do and see in Guadeloupe to study extra about one of many principal enterprise. We visited the Bologne Distillery – the tasting excursions are set from Monday to Saturday at 10am, 11am and 12am. Should you simply need to purchase their merchandise you can too simply go to the store. The Bologne and Damoiseau are two of probably the most typically served rums within the island.

Picturesque cities

Doing a roadtrip round Guadeloupe, it is possible for you to to cease and wander round many small, however fascinating cities. They appear so cute due to their colourful homes, however we favored greatest Deshaies city, which ought to undoubtedly be put in your record of greatest issues to do and see in Guadeloupe.

Cocoa museum

Do you know that Guadeloupe Island produces their very own cocoa and has its personal chocolate? If you wish to study extra about chocolate and the way it’s being made, be sure to cease on the Cocoa museum – we actually loved the Maison du Cacao. For non-speaking French guests, they run an English guided degustation at 3pm. However, you’ll be able to go to the museum and study extra from the training boards alongside the trail and sweeten your day with tasting of various chocolate, despite the fact that the reasons are in French. The Cocoa museum may also be fascinating to youngsters – you’ll be able to study extra about it right here. (Entrance payment Eight EUR/adults, Four EUR/youngsters)

The Guadeloupe ZOO and Mammals Park

If you’ll be touring to Guadeloupe with out youngsters, you won’t assume to go to the ZOO, however as quickly as we walked round it, the ZOO turned probably the greatest issues to do and see in Guadeloupe. The Zoo is beautiful, because it runs on the picket path, among the many vivid inexperienced jungle. The Zoo additionally has superb canopes – suspension bridges excessive up in treetops. You’ll be able to learn extra concerning the ZOO in a seperate weblog publish Guadeloupe for teenagers. (Entrance charge 15,50 EUR/adults, 9 EUR/youngsters)

Waterfalls

In the event you take pleasure in nature, Guadeloupe is the place to be. There are two waterfalls, which you actually shouldn’t miss when in Guadeloupe – Cascades aux Ecrevisses, which is reachable in 5 minutes by foot and the place you possibly can swim (be there early within the morning to keep away from the crowds) and Cutes du Carbet inside the nationwide park (entrance charge 2,50 EUR/grownup). The trail to the 115 meters excessive waterfall will take you 20 minutes by foot.

Trekking and climbing

Many vacationers to Guadeloupe put climbing / trekking excessive on their listing of should issues to do and see in Guadeloupe. You can find a real climbing paradise within the western aspect of the primary island (Basse Terre). There are lots of properly marked climbing trails, together with the one, taking you as much as the lively volcano La Soufriere. In case you are not likely into climbing, you’ll be able to nonetheless take a brief, 1,5 kilometers lengthy, path Maison de la Foret.

Slavery street

A lot of the locals in Guadeloupe are literally descendants of slaves, what means there are numerous sights related to slavery in Guadeloupe. We now have visited one sight – the formal espresso plantation La Griveliere, which was established in 1726. As soon as 45 slaves labored there and their dwelling cottages can nonetheless be seen at the moment. The sight was open throughout our go to, however nobody was there, so we have been guessing it’s perhaps underneath development. What we additionally loved, was the scenic drive as much as the plantation, full with small villages and delightful views.

Louis Delgres Fort

The fort goes again to the 17th century and obtained its identify later, after an necessary males, who carried on a riot towards slavery – Louis Delgres. The riot was less than the massive French military underneath Napoleon, in order that they ended it when blowing themselves up along with French solders too. One can find an fascinating monument of Louis Delegres inside the fort, however the fort is value visiting additionally for the views.

There’s free entrance charge and additionally, you will get some details about the fort in English on the entrance door.

Palm Timber Avenue

We discovered these beautiful wanting palm timber avenue by coincident, when driving again to our lodge. Once we noticed it, we instantly cease there and did some photographs. In the event you’ll be close to it, don’t miss it – yow will discover it south of the Petit-Bourg city – street D33.

Browsing and kite-surfing

In case you’re eager on browsing or kite-surfing you in all probability already know that Guadeloupe has some good areas for this water actions too. We watched the wind-surfers on the Plage de la Saline and surfers on the Plage de Morne Jacques, however there are few extra places for that.

Snorkeling and diving

The world bellow water in Guadeloupe is spectacular. You’ll be able to take a part of quite a few half-day or full-day snorkeling journeys, taking you to close by islands. These type of journeys will not be low cost, however a very nice various is the Plage Malendure, the place you’ll be able to already see sea turtles 100 meters off the shore. To prime all of it up, the Malendure seashore has black volcanic sand, what positive makes it much more spectacular and distinctive. You may as well begin your diving adventures on the seashore, which can take you to totally different sort of wrecks. Diving and snorkeling is certainly among the best issues to do and see in Guadeloupe.

Islands

Do you know that Guadeloupe is just not shaped simply from one island, however is definitely an archipelago of extra islands? There are various tiny islands round the primary one, however you can too discover Three greater ones too – La Desirades, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante. We first deliberate to go to one as a day journey, however having the rented automotive, we quickly calculated a day journey is simply too costly and we didn’t need to depart the paid lodge and rented automotive for a day or two. So in the event you plan to go to any of the three islands, it will in all probability be greatest to remain an evening there.

An ideal island for a day journey is the Gosier Island, which is reachable by boat, kayak, ski-jets or swimming, in case you are a superb swimmer.

Sugar cane, bananas and occasional plantations

We now have not visited any of the plantations, however you’ll be able to take a part of the guided tour. We simply loved the plantations, whereas driving move them.

Carnival

In the event you ask me, it is best to plan your journey to Guadeloupe through the carnival time – one among my absolute favourite issues to do and see in Guadeloupe. The carnival can’t be in comparison with those in Rio de Janeiro, however seeing one was my childhood dream and I beloved it. The carnival in Guadeloupe final virtually Three months (January, February, March). You possibly can admire them in a special city every weekend. We visited the one in Les Abymes.

Aquarium

One can find aquarium within the capital metropolis Pointe-a-Pitre. It isn’t the most important you’ll be able to go to, however touring to Guadeloupe with youngsters, you’ll nonetheless take pleasure in it. You possibly can learn extra concerning the aquarium right here. I might not go there with out youngsters although.

Native markets

I by no means depart a overseas land with no go to to at the very least one native market. We visited two in Guadeloupe – the night time market in Le Gosier city (every Friday from 4pm to 9pm – nice for tasting native meals) and fish, veggie/fruit market and market promoting the native merchandise. It’s also possible to discover a market in Sainte-Anne city.

ACTe memorial

ACTe memorial is one other sight which actually impressed me, so make sure that to place it in your bucket record of issues to do and see in Guadeloupe. The ACTe memorial is all about slavery – however not simply the slavery in Guadeloupe, however slavery normally – from its beginnings to immediately. The entire museum could be very interactive and with the best angle, extraordinarily fascinating in case you are touring to Guadeloupe with youngsters too. You’ll study lots about this darkish interval in historical past within the museum – do you know that nearly 13 million slaves have been introduced from Africa? The ACTe memorial is closed on Mondays. (Entrance charge 15 EUR/adults, 5 EUR/youngsters – together with video information).

Guadeloupe might sound small, however due to its numerous and quite a few points of interest and sights this Caribbean island is extraordinarily wealthy and fascinating. We spend 10 days in Guadeloupe and we might spend 10 extra simply. This weblog submit is about 23 greatest issues to do and see in Guadeloupe, however consider me, Guadeloupe gives a lot extra and is greater than good additionally for vacationers, not touring there only for its seashores.

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