Things to do in Guadeloupe

Below are the main places to see in Guadeloupe: • Gran Cul-de-Sac Marin in Port-Louis: Ways to match the beauty of the site for enhanced protection of this natural area. It’s 72,380 ha biosphere reserve. The bay, have been designated as a “wetland of international importance for birds” under the RAMSAR Convention.

The mangrove is a mangrove forest extending over the mud flats of the coastal strip. 80% of the mangrove is located around the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin. The fauna is very rich. There are many sea birds and freshwater resident and migratory, as well as crustaceans, shellfish, molluscs, hermit crabs and fish.

Soufriere Volcano is an active stratovolcano located in Basse-Terre. It is the tallest mountain in the Lesser Antilles, and rises 1,467 m high. There is a Film of Werner Herzog about La Soufrière. While the island was deserted, the German filmmaker traveled to the abandoned town of Basse-Terre to find a peasant who had refused to leave his home on the slopes of the volcano.

Route of the Crossing, is the only lane that links Basse-Terre from East to West by the inlands. Also called “route des Deux Mamelles”, named after the two peaks that the road runs alongside, it crosses right in the middle of the tropical forest of Guadeloupe’s Natural Park.

Fort Napoleon is located on Terre-de-Haut Island, in the Îles des Saintes. Built on the morne (Caribbean French word for bluff”) called Mire, it was originally named Fort Louis. It was destroyed by British forces in 1809. It was rebuilt in 1867, and named after Napoleon III.

La Désirade is only 10 km from Guadeloupe, and yet gives the impression that is in fact from another part of the world. The lack of visitors, its wild appearance and dry landscape, home of iguanas, have helped to maintain this island’s unique character. Just 22 km² the most authentic and natural island of Guadeloupe.

Les Saintes This group of small islands close to the main island Guadeloupe is really attractive and can best be explored by chartering a boat with a good dinghy so you are able to check out all the islands. The largest island Terre-de-Haut has an interesting old Fort which is worth a visit and the highest point of the islands can also been found here offering spectacular views.

Attraction The Gwo-Ka since Slavery is very present in Guadeloupe. This music is played with a simple percussion instrument called the “Ka”. It is the symbol of the ritual dances and incantations song. But the dancing couples are more popular as the quadrille and the beguine. This latter taken an important place in the French West Indies. The zouk or zouk-love even hotter, where lovers you have to dance “stuck-tight” with their partner won the hearts of many people around the world.

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin: In Port-Louis we have the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin with beautiful Marin animals’. In There are a number of outfitters that can set you up with dives (for experience scuba divers) or first-timer courses for those new to the sport. If diving far below the surface is not your cup of tea, then consider snorkeling as an excellent substitute. Watching tropical fish and other creatures that inhabit the water up close is not an experience you will want to miss.

HIKING especially in the Natural Park of Guadeloupe is another popular activity on the island. There are over 290 km (180 miles) of trails that traverse through the park. Be sure to bring plenty of water for your hike, and raingear for potential (and often frequent) downpours. There is a very beautiful path from Carbet falls to Capesterre-Belle-Eau. You can also walk to the moreau falls in Goyave. Basse-Terre offers playgrounds for lovers of canyoning in the heart of the rainforest, surrounded by lush vegetation or in the gorges in the foothills of the volcano. For a simple family walk or for abseiling, jumps and chutes for the more adventurous.

Big game fishing in Guadeloupe takes place in the Côte sous le vent is it the ideal starting point. The sized fish is incredible. You need to go far from the coast until you reach the canals where the water gets deep and where the pelagic species like tuna, sea breams, sharks, thazards, marlins and swordfish inhabit.

The Golf Club of Saint François is located front of the sea. Six of its 18 holes spread over an area of nearly 200 acres. They are ringed with water traps, the winds are devilishly unpredictable, and the par is a sweat-inducing 71. This course displays the wit and skill of its designer; Robert Trent Jones, Sr.


Shopping in Guadeloupe is quite good, especially on markets like in Moule (Wednesday 15H00 to 21h00). Pointe-à-Pitre is renowned for its numerous markets (Saturday on the port), but it is the St-Antoine market (mornings, west of Rue Frébault) that eclipses all others. It is the quintessence of all the island markets, its stalls groaning with cinnamon, ginger. It opens daily from 6 am to 15 pm except Sunday. All the main shops you can find in Europe are on the island. Shopping spots include the Center Saint-John Perse, and the boutiques and jewelry shops of Frébault, Nozières and Schoelcher Streets. Smaller shops and stalls can be found on the various noisy, animated side streets.