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 enjoy being out in the fresh air? You can choose from several 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 freshwater shrimp and red tilapia are bred. The company also manages the only marine farm and hatchery on Guadeloupe.
Adventurers wanting to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing 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 the following chart for information concerning 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|
Even though most travelers come for the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Guadeloupe offers multiple options, including 6 waterfalls.
The following table enables you to get a few details 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 enjoy a couple of parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens in Guadeloupe.
If you'd like to see some 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.
Another attraction in this category is Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. Discover all of the natural beauty of the island's natural flora and fauna with just one visit to this peaceful and well-maintained botanical garden.
The parks and gardens available are provided 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 concept of passing some time at an aquarium sounds like fun, 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.
Take a moment to look through the following 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 fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Guadeloupe are summarized down 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 that there are plenty of other types of attractions. To visit our full guide to other attractions, click here.
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