Attractions in Pointe a Pitre

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One of the best things about staying in Pointe a Pitre is that there is no excuse not to stay busy.  Attractions are quiet varied, whether you prefer to spend your days hiking to remote and picturesque waterfalls, lying on the beach, or touring local landmarks. 

Beaches

You will discover several beaches to enjoy in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some locations, if some members of your party enjoy this relaxing pastime. Click on the beach names to read a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

If you are hoping to go snorkeling, a place with that option is Ilet a Cochons. The beach stretches across the entire coast of Ilet a Cochons, so as the coast turns and twists, so does the beach. In some areas you will find the forests more invasive and in other places you'll find smooth soft sand, while in other place you might not find sand at all.

Another good option for snorkelers is Bas-du-Fort. Avoid all of the crowds of the city and plan to visit the beach at Bas-du-Fort, where the beaches are hardly ever crowded. This is one of the best places to stay if you'd like to be near but not in the capital city, and it is conveniently located near the international airport.

Creole Beach: Creole Beach features shallow water and is backed by the Creole Beach Hotel.

These examples are just a few of the places worth checking out To read more about beaches, see this page.

Landmark Attractions

St John Perse Museum: The first floor features manuscripts and personal items of St. John Perse, while the ground floor is a reconstruction of a 19th century home.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Schoelcher Museum. It is found within downtown Pointe A Pitre. Museum Schoelcher stands today to honor a man who fought fervently for the abolition of slavery, not only in Guadeloupe, but in the whole of the Caribbean. The museum was originally opened in the 19th century with the intent of displaying artwork, and it still does to some extend, with much of Schoelcher's donated personal collection on display.

Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul: Listed as a historic monument in 1978, this cathedral has had its ups and downs since it was first erected in 1817, over 10 years after construction began. Later, earthquakes and storms would cause damage, but it was never truly down for the count.

These examples are only some of your options. Follow this link to check out our extended discussion of other interesting places to visit in and around Pointe a Pitre.

Natural Attractions

Assuming you like being outside will often enjoy Place de la Victoire. <p>The place where a guillotine stood during the French revolution, this square was later named Victory Square and is now a place for a nice stroll as well as a common gathering place.</p>

Aquarium de la Guadeloupe is another option you might want to consider. <p>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.</p>

Fortunately, you'll be able to find additional natural attractions. For a more detailed look at this topic, read this guide.

Casinos

Guadeloupe Casinos

Looking for some action? Guests looking to test their luck on the slots will have several places to go nearby.

Casino du Gosier has dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after you hit the gaming floor. More than just a casino, this is a full service entertainment complex where even those who don't necessarily like to gamble will find plenty keep them busy.

The gaming choices close to Pointe a Pitre are displayed in the table below.

Gambling Near Pointe a Pitre
Name Phone Location
Casino du Gosier (059) 084-7972 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre
Gosier les Bains (059) 084-1836 Gosier, 3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre

Whether you're one who likes to keep busy, or relaxing on the beach day after day sounds just right to you, Pointe a Pitre is a destination with attractions to please a diverse crowd. 

 

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