Natural Attractions in Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe's natural attractions are a breath of fresh air

Photo credit: © Philippe GIRAUD for The Guadeloupe Island Tourist Board
 

Lush and green, with diverse terrain that spans from volcanic earth to rocky islets, Guadeloupe is a nature lovers paradise. As you tour the island, you'll encounter many indigenous plants and animals, and perhaps learn the history of how it all came to be.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time seeing the local flaura and fauna? There are a few different hiking trails and some nature preserves in Guadeloupe.

Parc Aquacole de Guadeloupe is a popular nature preserve western Guadeloupe. The property consists of 2.5 hectares of farm property that includes 10 ponds where Creole Crayfish and Mullet live, plus citrus, royal palms, bamboo, mango, papyrus, breadfruit, and more. Guided tours are available.

Vacationers hoping to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting choices like Guadeloupe National Park Forest House. Although there is much to see and do here, the top recommended spots to see as you navigate the hiking trails through the park are La Soufrière, Carbet Falls, the two Mamelles and the Traversée road, and the marine portion of the park.

Review this table to see nature preserves and hiking spots.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In Guadeloupe
Name Type Location Island
Carbet Waterfalls Trail Access Hiking Trail 5.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre
Cascade aux Ecrevisses Trailhead Hiking Trail 1.4 mi. West of Central Vernou Basse-Terre
Chemins de Mangrove Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.1 mi. Northwest of Central Pointe A Pitre Grande-Terre
Citerne Volcano Access Hiking Trail 3.2 mi. East of Central Saint Claude Basse-Terre
Grand Soufriere Volcano Access Hiking Trail 2.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude Basse-Terre
Guadeloupe National Park Forest House Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.7 mi. West of Central Vernou Basse-Terre
Parc Aquacole de Guadeloupe Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre

Waterfalls

Although most travelers are attracted by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Guadeloupe offers some interesting choices, including 6 waterfalls.

The table just below offers some key facts concerning waterfalls.

Waterfalls In Guadeloupe
Name Type Location
Carbet Falls First Chute Waterfall 3.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude
Carbet Falls Second Chute Waterfall 3.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude
Carbet Falls Third Chute Waterfall 4.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude
Cascade aux Ecrevisses Waterfall 1.5 mi. West of Central Vernou
Le Saut Acomat Waterfall 5.9 mi. South of Central Cafeiere
Moreau Falls Waterfall 6.8 mi. South of Central Bragelogne

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Guests can spend some time in either of two parks, or 5 botanical gardens in Guadeloupe.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Les Jardins de Valombreuse, which is found in Guadeloupe. The main attraction here is the garden, however, birding is popular and there is also a water park for kids and an equestrian center on site. You won't want to miss a chance to take the 90 minute tour for even more information about the grounds.

A second popular attraction in this category is Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. Set on seven hectare, the garden are flourishing with both local and rare plants. The entire path that travels through the garden is wheelchair accessible so everyone can enjoy this tranquil setting.

The parks and gardens worth considering are shown right below.

Parks and Gardens In Guadeloupe
Name Type Location Island
Jardin Botanique de Deshaies Botanical Garden 2.0 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre
Jardin Créole Botanical Garden 0.3 mi. West of Central Ste. Rose Basse-Terre
Jardin de Buckingham Botanical Garden 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante
Jardin de l'Habitation Murat Botanical Garden 0.1 mi. South of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante
Le Parc Paysager de Petit Canal Park 0.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Petit-Canal Grande-Terre
Les Jardins de Valombreuse Botanical Garden 3.6 mi. South of Central Bragelogne Basse-Terre
Place de la Victoire Park Downtown Pointe A Pitre Grande-Terre

Zoos and Aquariums

If the thought of passing some time at an aquarium sounds like fun, you should visit Aquarium de la Guadeloupe. One of the best rated French aquariums, visitors at the Aquarium de la Guadeloupe have the chance to experience more than 60 species of tropical fish. Snorkeling tours are even available with members of the staff.

Take a minute to read this table to learn more.

Zoos and Aquariums In Guadeloupe
Name Type Location Island/th>
Aquarium de la Guadeloupe Aquarium Gosier, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Parc del Memelles Zoo 2.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Mahaut Basse-Terre

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Guadeloupe are displayed below.

Land Formations In Guadeloupe
Name Type Location Island
Anse Montillor Bay 2.4 mi. Northeast of Central Anse-Bertrand Grande-Terre
Deshaies Bay Bay 2.0 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre
La Citerne Volcano 3.1 mi. East of Central Saint Claude Basse-Terre
La Desirade Harbour Harbour 13.9 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois Desirade Island
Le Grande Soufriere Volcano 2.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude Basse-Terre
Pointe des Chateaux Point 6.7 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre
Pointe des Colibris Point 7.0 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois Grande-Terre
Pointe du Vieux Fort Point 2.9 mi. South of Central St. Charles Basse-Terre

Bear in mind, Guadeloupe has other attraction types. To read a more detailed discussion of other attractions, click this link.

 

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