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 want to spend part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You can explore a few hiking trails and some nature preserves in the area.

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.

Take some time to look through the chart below for a listing of 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

Even though most visitors to the area have heard about the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Guadeloupe offers some interesting choices, including 6 waterfalls.

The chart just below summarizes some key facts regarding 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

Vacationers can enjoy either of two parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens in Guadeloupe.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Les Jardins de Valombreuse, which is located in Guadeloupe. Set in a hilly region of the island, Les Jardins de Valombreuse is a botanical garden and family fun center where you will not only be able to view local flora and fauna, but have a lot of fun while doing it.

The parks and gardens available are shown in the table 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 with interesting sea life 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.

View the following chart for more information.

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 visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Guadeloupe can be seen in the table below.

Land Formations In Guadeloupe
Name Type Location Island
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

Fortunately, you will find plenty of other types of attractions. Those wanting to find more details concerning other attractions here.

 

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