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Guadalupe, things to see and do

The eastern Caribbean island of Guadeloupe was first discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to America in 1493.  He named that island Santa María de Guadalupe de Extremadura (which would later be shortened to Guadelupe).  Although he himself never settled on the island, Spanish settlers eventually did make their way to Guadeloupe.  With […]

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Parque Arqueológico de Roca Grabada

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 […]

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Fort Louis Delgrès

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 […]

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Le Gosier Islet

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.    

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Guadeloupe’s Creole Eco-Museum

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 […]

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Reserva Natural Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin

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 […]

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L’Habitation La Grivelière

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 […]

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La Désirade (island)

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, […]

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La Pointe de la Grande Vigie y Porte d’Enfer

La Pointe de la Grande Vigie y Porte d’Enfer (Anse-Bertrand, Grand La Pointe de la Grande Vigie and Porte d’Enfer (Anse-Bertrand, Grande-Terre)  —located on the north coast of Grand Terre, La Pointe de la Grande Vigie are monumental cliffs with unforgettable vistas  Signs in French warn visitors that there are sometimes rock slides, with unsuspecting […]

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La Soufrière

Les Saintes (islands) — Les Saintes consists of two inhabited islands, Terre-de-Haut (5 km2) and Terre-de-Bas (8 km2), and seven islets.  The first European inhabitants of Les Saintes were Bretons and Normans.  Fort Napoléon has a panoramic view and beautiful exotic gardens in what used to be the fort’s ramparts. Baie des Saintes in Terre-de-Haut […]