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

Parc Aquacole de Guadeloupe

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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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