Guadeloupe Sights

To see each "wing" of the butterfly, you'll need to budget at least one day. They are connected by a bridge, and Grande-Terre has pretty villages along its south coast and the spectacular Pointe des Châteaux. You can see the main sights in Pointe-à-Pitre in a half day. Touring the rugged, mountainous Basse-Terre is a challenge. If time is a problem, head straight to the west coast; you could easily

spend a day traveling its length, stopping for sightseeing, lunch, and a swim. You can make day trips to the islands, but an overnight or more works best. Leave your heavy luggage in the baggage room of your "mainland" hotel and take a small bag on the ferry.

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Plage de Petite-Anse

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This long, golden beach on Marie-Galante is punctuated with sea grape trees. It's idyllic during the week, but on weekends the crowds...

Plage de la Chapelle à Anse-Bertrand

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If you want a delightful day-trip to the northern tip of Grande-Terre, aim for this spot, one of the loveliest white-sand beaches, whose...

Plage de la Grande-Anse

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One of Guadeloupe's widest beaches has soft beige sand sheltered by palms. To the west it's a round verdant mountain. It has a large...

Plage du Helleux

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Except on Sunday, this long stretch of wild beach—framed by dramatic cliffs—is often completely deserted in the morning or early...

Pointe Tarare

  • Beach–Sight

This secluded strip just before the tip of Pointe des Châteaux is the island's only nude beach. (Technically, this is not allowed by...

Pointe des Châteaux

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

A National Grand Site, the island's easternmost point offers a breathtaking view of the Atlantic crashing against huge rocks, carving...

Pompierre Bay

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This beach is particularly popular with families with small children, as there's a gradual slope, no drop-off, and a long stretch of...

Port Louis

  • Town/Village

This fishing village of about 7,000 people is best known for Le Soufleur Plage. It was once one of the island's prettiest beaches, but...


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This was once a simple little village, primarily involved with fishing and harvesting tomatoes. The fish and tomatoes are still here,...


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In the 18th century this town, 8 miles (13 km) east of Gosier, was a sugar-exporting center. Sand has replaced sugar as the town's most...


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