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 like spending time outside? You can experience a few different hiking trails and some nature preserves in the area.
Parc Aquacole de Guadeloupe is a popular nature preserve western Guadeloupe. A popular nature park on the island, Parc Aquacole de Guadeloupe invites guests to take a closer look at the local habitat and the flora and fauna that it promotes.
Adventurers looking to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing sites like Guadeloupe National Park Forest House. Created in 1989, this national park is 66.8 square miles of core area, 62.5 square miles of buffer zone and 14.3 square miles of marine reserve. Many of the country's most prominent habitats are exhibited here, giving visitors a chance to see it all at one major attraction.
Take some time to look through the chart below to learn more.
|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 people visiting the area are drawn by the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Guadeloupe offers some great options, including 6 waterfalls.
The chart just below shows more information about 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 visit a couple of parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens in Guadeloupe.
If you enjoy tropical vegetation, consider visiting Les Jardins de Valombreuse, which is situated 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 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 idea of passing some time at an aquarium tickles your fancy, consider visiting 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.
Be sure to look at the table just below if you want more information.
|Aquarium de la Guadeloupe||Aquarium||Gosier, Central Guadeloupe||Grande-Terre|
|Zoo||2.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Mahaut||Basse-Terre|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Guadeloupe are summarized directly 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|
If you would prefer having a wider variety of attractions beyond this category, you should think about other possibilities. For more in formation concerning other attractions for Guadeloupe, see this page.
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