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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Anse Crawen

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This ½-mile (¾-km) stretch of white sand is secluded and was known for nude sunbathing, but don't plan on shedding your suit, because...

Anse de Vieux Fort

  • Beach–Sight

This gorgeous Marie-Galante beach stretches alongside crystal clear waters that border a large body of freshwater that is ideal for canoeing...

Aquarium de la Guadeloupe

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Unique in the Antilles, this aquarium in the marina near Pointe-à-Pitre is a good place to spend an hour. Its motto is: "Visit the sea."...

Bouillante

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The name means "boiling," and so it's no surprise that hot springs were discovered here. However, the biggest attraction is scuba diving...

Cascade aux Ecrevisses

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Within the Parc National de la Guadeloupe, Crayfish Falls is one of the island's loveliest (and most popular) spots. There's a marked...

Cathédrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul

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If you like churches, then make a pilgrimage to the imposing Cathédrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul, built in 1807. Although battered by...

Chutes du Carbet

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You can reach three of the Carbet Falls (one drops from 65 feet, the second from 360 feet, the third from 410 feet) via a long, steep...

Château Murat

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A mile from town, the Château Murat is a 19th-century sugar plantation and rum distillery housing exhibits on the history of rum making...

Distillerie Poisson "Rhum du Père Labat"

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The Poisson Distillery produces rum (nearly 200,000 liters a year) that is considered some of the finest in the Caribbean, and its atelier...

Domaine de Bellevue

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If time allows just one distillery, choose the modern Domaine de Bellevue. It's rum has taken home the gold during official French competitions...

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