Engraved Rock Archaeological Park (Trois-Rivières, Basse Terre) — Inhabited by the Arawaks and the Carib people before being discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1493, Guadeloupe still bears many signs of these ancient civilizations. The archaeological park in Trois-Rivières is home to many of them and offers a stunning peek at pre-conquest Guadeloupe, not to mention […]
Fort Louis Delgrès (Le Carmel, Basse-Terre) — Fort Louis Delgrès—Guadeloupe’s historical Mecca—towers over Basse-Terre, the island’s oldest city (founded in 1643). Formerly Fort Royal, Fort Richepance, and Fort Saint Charles, the fortification was declared a national historic monument in 1977. Take a self-guided tour of the fort and museum, or show up on a Friday […]
Le Gosier Islet—this small island is located off the southern coast of Grande-Terre. Locals get there by either swimming or kayak paddling their way into it from Datcha Beach. Divers can explore the tropical marine life from the new and improved underwater trail by that islet.
Guadeloupe’s Creole Eco-Museum (Route de Sofaïa, Sainte-Rose, Basse-Terre) — If there was ever a place where originality was rivaled only by a desire to preserve heritage, it’s in the Creole garden along Sainte-Rose’s Route de Sofaïa. Guadeloupe’s Creole eco-museum is a kaleidoscopic botanical garden that features a collection of tropical species, including medicinal plants, as […]
Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve (Basse-Terre) – established in the late 1980s, the National Park manages a 3,700-hectare nature reserve at the heart of a vast bay closed off by the longest coral reef in the Lesser Antilles. With a myriad of different coastal features, le Grand-Cul-de-sac Marin boasts mangroves, swampy forests, grassy marshes, herbaceous […]
L’Église Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul (Pointe-à-Pitre, Grande-Terre) —this is the basilica in Pointe-à-Pitre, which was rebuilt after an earthquake destroyed much of the city in 1843.
L’Habitation La Grivelière (Vallèe de Grand Rivière, Vieux Habitants, Basse-Terre) – this is a coffee and cocoa plantation in Vieux Habitants (located in the southeast coast of Basse-Terre) that dates back to the 1700s. This place gives visitors a glimpse of the French Caribbean economy during the colonial period. Admission: €7.50 (adults), €4.50 (children). Those […]
La Cimetière de Morne-à-l’Eau (Blvd. Nelson Mandela & Route N5, Morne-à-l’Eau, Grande-Terre) — this is an amphitheatre-like site where the burial vaults are tiled in black and white – like a big chessboard. Definitely a one-of-a kind cemetery.
La Désirade (island) – accessible by sea (45 min from Saint-François) or by air (15 min from the Pôle Caraïbes airport), the island has a single road that runs its length and is fun to explore on foot, by bike or scooter. This peaceful and remote island is an 11-kilometer stretch of tabular rock. Swimmers, […]
Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve (Route N2, Plage de Malendure, Bouillante, Basse-Terre) — located around the Pigeon islets in the Bouillante commune (along the middle of the west coast of Basse-Terre), Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau ﬁlmed several of the scenes in his feature ﬁlm “The Silent World” (Le Monde du Silence) in 1955. Fascinated by the site’s […]