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 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.
|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|
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|Botanical Garden||2.0 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere||Basse-Terre|
|Botanical Garden||0.3 mi. West of Central Ste. Rose||Basse-Terre|
|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|
|Park||Downtown Pointe A Pitre||Grande-Terre|
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.
|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 visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Guadeloupe can be seen in the table below.
|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|
Fortunately, you will find plenty of other types of attractions. Those wanting to find more details concerning other attractions here.
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