Guadeloupe is an island in the Caribbean discovered by Christopher Columbus on the 4th of November in 1493. It is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit if you get the chance to see this island. Here are some of the most popular attractions you need to check out while on a visit to this amazing island.
Take a walk in the national park
The National Park of Guadeloupe does provide a whooping 188 miles (300km) of well kept, clearly marked trails that lead to a natural, well maintained rainforest. The forest is quite rich; it is full of different species of tropical plants and animals that are a rarity everywhere else. The scenery is usually enriched with sights of beautiful waterfalls like the Cascade aux Ecrevisses and several lakes such as the Grand Etang. Any nature lover will have a time of his or her life. It is highly recommended that you carry a camera with you; the sights are breathtaking and the experience is utterly priceless.
Take an underwater adventure
Due to the rich water life that encapsulates Guadeloupe; a visit to this beautiful island cannot be complete until you snorkel or dive at the preserved underwater sanctuary at the Pigeon isles in the Cousteau reserve; the water is crystal clear and the flora and fauna that is present is mind boggling to say the least. There are also several glass bottomed boats that operate at some of the marine reserves on Basse -Terre and Petite – Terre; thereby allowing you to view what nature has hidden down underneath.
Visit the numerous beaches
Sounds rather obvious; but many people tend to visit a single beach and call it a day. All of the beaches in Guadeloupe are ideal for swimming but their sands differ; depending on the area and thus the experiences on these areas will also differ accordingly. If you are in love with black sand, then the western side of Basse-Terre will suffice, those who love white sand can go to the Grande- Terre and those visitors who like brown sand can visit the Leeward coast. And just to make the beaches more inviting, it is worth noting that all beaches allow topless bathing.
Taking a hike up an active volcano!
Yes, you read it right. In Guadeloupe you can take a hike up to the top of La Soufriere. It is still categorized as an active volcano; ever since it showed signs of erupting way back in 1976. It has been certified as safe albeit still exhibiting all signs of possible eruption. There are very few places in the world where you can get such an experience. It is a strenuous and sweaty one and a half hour climb up the volcano, but the view and experience is out of this world.
I couldn’t recommend high enough for a visit to this beautiful island off the beaten path. Don’t worry about things to do and places to stay here as there is plenty to offer. There is even a Golf Resort on Guadeloupe!