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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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...

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...

Domaine de Séverin Distillery

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At this historic rum distillery, a new, "Petit Train" crosses the plantation at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 am and again at 2 and 3 pm. (Hours...

Ilet de Pigeon

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This tiny, rocky island a few hundred yards off the coast is the site of the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park, the island's best scuba...

Jardin Botanique

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This exquisite 10-acre park is filled with parrots and flamingos. A circuitous walking trail takes you by ponds with floating lily pads,...

Les Mamelles

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Two mountains—Mamelle de Petit-Bourg, at 2,350 feet, and Mamelle de Pigeon, at 2,500 feet—rise in the Parc National de la Guadeloupe.

Musée du Café/Café Chaulet

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From the riverfront Musée du Café/Café Chaulet, dedicated to the art of coffee making, the tantalizing aroma of freshly ground beans...

Parc National de la Guadeloupe

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This 74,100-acre park has been recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Before going, pick up a Guide to the National Park from...

Plage de Malendure

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Across from Pigeon Island and the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park, this long, gray, volcanic beach on the Caribbean's calm waters has...