Sitting about 200 miles north of Martinique, Guadeloupe is an exotic Caribbean destination comprised of two main island areas, along with some smaller outlying islands.
The two primary regions are Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, which are complimented by smaller islands such as Marie-Galante and La Desirade. The eastern section of Grand-Terre features rolling hillsides, while the western Basse-Terre is home to the island's highest point, the volcano of La Soufriere. If you can't see the entire map, just widen your browser.
The western region of Basse-Terre is home to a variety of attractions that will keep visitors enticed throughout their stay. The Parc National de Guadeloupe showcases the best of Guadeloupe's outdoor splendor. Tour trails pass through deep rainforests, towering waterfalls, hot springs and the La Soufriere volcano. Another excellent natural attraction is Jardin Botanique, located in the down of Deshaies on the northwestern coast. At this botanical garden, guests can leisurely stroll past ponds and orchid collections, then grab a bite at the on-restaurant featuring panoramic views of waterfalls.
For a thrilling afternoon, consider a hike in Etang As de Pique, where you will climb your way up to a massive mountainside lake formed within volcanic craters. Alternatively, check out Anse de la Barque in Pointe-Noire for a scenic experience that highlights bay views and charming coconut palms.
On Grand-Terre's eastern terrain, guests will find historic attractions like Fort Fleur d'Epee near Gosier. These remnants of an old fort provide an ideal picnic venue for tourists and stunning views of the island. At Pointe-a-Pitre, guests can enjoy the charming area of Place de la Victoire. This large square features inviting cafes and charming old homes. For a day of sunbathing, head to the surfing haven of L'Autre Bord in Le Moule. Similarly, the shores of Plage Caravelle near Ste-Anne offer superb snorkeling, water sports and beach-front dining.
Travelers should not overlook the outlying islands of Guadeloupe, as they provide many additional sightseeing opportunities and activities. Found in the northeastern portion of the map, the island of La Desirade is home to one of the best beaches in Guadeloupe, Le Soufleur Plage. This coastal area offers pristine white sand, relaxing waters and a beach-front restaurant. Families traveling with young children should consider the beach of Les Pompierres on Iles des Saintes, which is known for its shallow waters and sandy banks.
Grand-Terre offers the most abundant lodging for vacationers. The area around the town of Gosier, offers particularly plentiful accommodations with beach-front access. In this area you'll find lodging options that range from condo properties to upscale resorts. Visitors can enjoy lazy days on the shores of Plage de Gosier, as well as sightseeing in nearby attractions like Fort Fleur d'Epee and several museums. Farther to the east of Gosier on the map, the area around Ste. Anne is also noteworthy, offering several beachfront options.
As to the the western region of Basse-Terre, the largest concentration of lodging facilities are found near the northwestern coastal city of Deshaies. But lodging establishments can be found in other parts of the region, including a collection of hotels and villas in the city of Basse-Terre, in the lower left part of the map. With good proximity to the offshore island of La Grand-Anse, this area is a hotspot for water-based activities like sailing, fishing, windsurfing and even whale-watching.
Travelers flying into Guadeloupe will land at the Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP). Located on Grand-Terre, just north of its namesake city, this airport serves flights to and from Miami and Paris, as well as multiple Caribbean destinations where connections can be made to other mainland airports.
Arriving via cruise ship? Vessels dock at the Centre Saint-John Perse terminal, located in Pointe-à-Pitre. The dock unloads passengers a block away from the main city area.
If you're interested in taking a ferry to another major island, there are two main services available. The Brudey Freres transports passengers between Point-a-Pitre and Fort-de-France on a large catamaran. Additional services include ferries to Dominica and St. Lucia. Alternatively, the L'Espress De Iles service provides ferry travel to Martinique. Tourists can easily plan a day trip to one of Guadeloupe's smaller outlying islands, which are easily accessible by ferry.
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