Guadeloupe Attractions and Activities
National Park of Guadeloupe
The National Park of Guadeloupe is a great destination for hiking enthusiasts. There are more than 100 miles of hiking trails intersecting through rainforests full of tropical plants and animals. Beautiful waterfalls, including the Cascade aux Ecrevisses, and the picturesque Grand Etang Lake, are also located within the park. The entire park sprawls across more than 70,000 acres.
Isle de Pigeon
This small island lies just off Basse Terre’s western shore. It is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling since the water surrounding the island is fairly shallow. Since Isle de Pigeon is not far from the shore, a little over a half a mile, it is not necessary to charter a boat to reach it. Many people kayak to the island.
Iles des Saints
This collection of islands lies off Basse Terre’s southern coast. It is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful locations, and there is plenty to do and see while visiting the islands. Popular attractions include Fort Napoééon, a fort built by the French during the mid 1800’s, the pristine Pain de Sucre Beach, and the Chameau, a small peak where great views can be enjoyed. There are also a variety of restaurants and stores on Iles de Saints.
Porte d’enfer: the gates of hell
Porte d’enfer, known in English as the gates of hell, is one of Guadeloupe’s most beautiful land marks. The waters in this protected cove are safe for swimming and snorkeling, and the beach is relatively not crowded. The cove’s beach is covered with palm trees with beautiful limestone cliffs located behind it. These cliffs are popular with rock climbers. Not far from Porte d’enfer is the town of Le Moule.
Deshaies Botanic Gardens
These lavish gardens are located in the picturesque village of Deshaies. More than 200 species of plants native to Guadeloupe can be observed at the Deshaies Botanic Gardens. A variety of small ponds and waterfalls can also be seen in the gardens. This is a great attraction for people who enjoy ecotourism.