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.
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.
|Hiking Trail||5.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Basse Terre||Basse-Terre|
|Hiking Trail||1.4 mi. West of Central Vernou||Basse-Terre|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.1 mi. Northwest of Central Pointe A Pitre||Grande-Terre|
|Hiking Trail||3.2 mi. East of Central Saint Claude||Basse-Terre|
|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|
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.
|Waterfall||3.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude|
|Waterfall||3.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude|
|Waterfall||4.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude|
|Waterfall||1.5 mi. West of Central Vernou|
|Waterfall||5.9 mi. South of Central Cafeiere|
|Waterfall||6.8 mi. South of Central Bragelogne|
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.
|Jardin Botanique de Deshaies||Botanical Garden||2.0 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere||Basse-Terre|
|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|
|Botanical Garden||0.1 mi. South of Central Grand-Bourg||Marie-Galante|
|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|
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.
|Aquarium de la Guadeloupe||Aquarium||Gosier, Central Guadeloupe||Grande-Terre|
|Zoo||2.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Mahaut||Basse-Terre|
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.
|Bay||2.4 mi. Northeast of Central Anse-Bertrand||Grande-Terre|
|Bay||2.0 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere||Basse-Terre|
|Volcano||3.1 mi. East of Central Saint Claude||Basse-Terre|
|Harbour||13.9 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois||Desirade Island|
|Volcano||2.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Saint Claude||Basse-Terre|
|Point||6.7 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois||Grande-Terre|
|Point||7.0 mi. East of Central Saint-Francois||Grande-Terre|
|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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