5 Places You Must Visit in Guadeloupe

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Guadeloupe, an enchanting archipelago nestled in the heart of the French Caribbean, is a destination that beckons travelers with its blend of stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and rich history.

Why Visit Guadeloupe?

Guadeloupe has diverse attractions and activities that cater to every type of traveler. The island’s unique blend of French and Caribbean cultures creates a fascinating mosaic of culinary delights, music, and traditions. Its natural scenery, ranging from lush rainforests and majestic waterfalls to pristine beaches and vibrant coral reefs, provides a playground for both relaxation and adventure.We visited Guadeloupe because my son Matthew served his mission there and lived there for 10 months. We stayed with a delightful family there, and rented a car that took us all over the island, from top to bottom!

5 Places To Visit

I’ve narrowed down for you our favorite places we saw in Guadalupe. If you’re looking to add to your itinerary in Guadeloupe these places are perfect for the whole family.

1. Top Island Edge

Guadeloupe’s dramatic coastlines offer some of the most spectacular views in the Caribbean. The top island edge, known as the Pointe des Chateaux, is a must-visit. Here, the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea, creating a breathtaking panorama that’s perfect for sunrise or sunset gazing.

The hike is very manageable for the whole family. We all wore our water shoes such as Tevas, Chacos, etc. The hike takes 30 minutes to and hour, depending on how fast you are and how long you want to stay at look out points. The path is very easily marked.

2. Secret Hike Pool

For those in search of tranquility and a touch of adventure, the secret hike to Bassin Paradise is a hidden gem. Nestled within the lush rainforest, this secluded pool is the reward for a hike filled with scenic views and the sounds of nature. It’s a perfect spot for a refreshing swim away from the crowds.

This hike is also very manageable for your family, however it is a little more difficult than the Top Island Edge hike. The path may be uneven, muddy, or slippery, especially after rain, making the hike more challenging. However, it is well worth it for a beautiful and secluded swimming cove!

3. Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Deshaies is a testament to Guadalupe’s rich flora. Wander through beautifully landscaped paths, marvel at the exotic plants, and enjoy the serene atmosphere. The garden also features stunning waterfalls and ponds, making it a peaceful retreat for nature lovers.

4. Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Explore the underwater wonders of Guadalupe without getting wet on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour. Glide over vibrant coral reefs and witness a dazzling array of marine life. It’s an ideal activity for families and those who wish to see the island’s beauty from a different perspective.

We got to swim in the beautiful waters of Guadeloupe on our tour as well.

5. Secret Waterfall Exploration

No visit to Guadalupe is complete without witnessing its majestic waterfalls. Chutes du Carbet, a series of waterfalls located in the national park, offers breathtaking views and the opportunity for a refreshing dip in the natural pools.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Guadalupe?

The best time to visit is from December to May when the weather is dry and sunny.

Do I need to speak French to visit Guadalupe?

While French is the official language, many locals speak English, especially in tourist areas. Learning a few basic French phrases can enhance your experience.

What currency is used in Guadalupe?

The Euro (€) is the official currency, as Guadalupe is a French overseas department.

Expert Tips

  • Early Exploration: Start your day early to avoid crowds, especially at popular spots like the waterfalls and botanical gardens.
  • Local Cuisine: Don’t miss out on trying Creole dishes. The blend of French and Caribbean flavors is a culinary delight.
  • Eco-Conscious Travel: Respect the natural environment by staying on marked trails during hikes and not touching the coral reefs during snorkeling or diving excursions.

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