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Guadeloupe's beaches can be outstanding, but few resorts are near the ones that are the islands' best. Those are mostly along the southern shore of Grande-Terre and the out-islands.
Visitors come instead for good diving, and the chance to hike and explore in Basse-Terre's wild national park.
Good water sports make up for sometimes mediocre hotel beaches; windsurfing, sailing, fishing, and Jet-skiing are all fun. Biking isn't limited to the annual race.
Enjoy dining at one of Guadeloupe's fine restaurants serving creole cuisine or a Franco-Caribbean fusion.
Although shopping isn't the best, night owls will find fun bars and clubs, and a lively music scene.
On the smaller islands —Marie-Galante, La Désirade, and Les Saintes—relaxing, sunbathing, and soaking up some old-time Caribbean atmosphere usually rank among the top activities.
Guadeloupe has become a pioneer in certain sectors such as ecotourism, from canyoning to hiking to the volcano, every manner of boating excursion, major diving activity, and attractions such as Jardin Botanique.
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