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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Guadeloupe are summarized down 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

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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