Guadeloupe: top 10 beautiful places to visit in Basse-Terre

Plage de la Guadeloupe
island Guadeloupe
Basse-Terre is a splendid island of Guadeloupe. Its landscape is superb with sandy beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and mountains. It is a must-see place for all lovers of travel.

Guadeloupe: top 10 beautiful places to visit in Basse-Terre

1. The Grand Anse beach

The beach of Grande Anse is the longest and most frequented beaches of Guadeloupe. It extends more than one kilometer and is located in the northwestern part of Basse-Terre, 2 kilometers north of the town of Deshaies. It is a beautiful beach, with white and golden sand, bordered by coconut trees.
What are the different activities to do?

  • Bathing and sunbathing on the beach.
  • Stroll along the sea and water sports.


2. The Soufriere Volcano

At 1467 meters above sea level, the Soufriere volcano is one of the most visited sites. It is the highest peak in Guadeloupe and the Lesser Antilles. La Soufrière is an active volcano, located in the Guadeloupe National Park in the southern part of Basse-Terre, 12 kilometers from the prefecture and 5 kilometers from the village of Saint-Claude. The summit of the volcano is called “the discovery”, it offers an extraordinary view on the mountain massifs of Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, the Caribbean Sea and the surrounding islands.
From the place of the Yellow Baths, one reaches the volcano of the Soufriere. Parking is available for tourists.
What are different activities to do?

  • Hiking the Volcano.
  • Climbing.


3. The Carbet Falls

The Carbet Falls are three waterfalls of the Grand Carbet River, located on the island of Basse-Terre in the Guadeloupe National Park, at the foot of the Soufrière volcano. It is one of the most attractive sites, with more than 400,000 visitors per year.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus saw the first two falls of the Carbet and spoke in his diary.
More details:
The first fall is 115 meters high and takes place in two stages.
The second fall is 110 meters high, and it is the most touristic and the best known, as much easier to access.
The third waterfall is 20 meters high and has a magnificent circular pool.
What are different activities to do?

  • Hiking.

4. Guadeloupe National Park

Located on the Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe National Park is a collection of natural resources, which includes a large part of the rainforest. On February 20, 1989, the National Park of Guadeloupe was born. Its area is 21 850 hectares with more than 816 species of plants, 17 species of mammals and 33 species of birds. It is a protected natural heritage with an exceptional biodiversity.
What are different activities to do?

  • Guadeloupe National Park tour and walk.
  • Discovery of the Cousteau reserve.


5. The Cousteau reserve

Cousteau reserve is one of the most beautiful diving sites in Guadeloupe. It is part of the National Park of Guadeloupe, right next to Malendure beach and it is a protected marine space. It is a real delight for visitors, who discover many species of corals, gorgonians, sponges and many marine animals (fish, tortus, crustaceans, sharks, etc.). There is a whole underwater city that lives under the sea. Towards the month of January and February, it is possible to hear the singing of whales, which make their courtship, it is a real pleasure for the ears .
What are different activities to do?

  • Scuba diving
  • The Peach
  • Underwater hunting
  • The kayak
  • The Walking Tour
  • To sail

6. Parc des Mamelles

The Parc des Mamelles is a zoological and botanical park of Guadeloupe. It is located in Basse-Terre, on the Route de la Traversée, 30 minutes from Pointe-à-Pitre. It is a fairyland park where lives more than 450 animals from 85 species occupying a site of more than 4 hectares.
What are different activities to do?

  • Walk in the park to discover the flora and fauna.
  • Visit the Zoo.
  • Opening hours from 9 am to 6 pm without interruption. The rate is 14.5 € for adults and 8 € for children from 3 to 12 years old.

7. Fort Delgres

07 Nov 2011, Basse-Terre Island, Guadeloupe --- Basse Terre, Fort DelgrËs buit in 1650 is now an historical monument --- Image by © Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis
 photo credit Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis

Towards the entrance of Basse-Terre is the Fort Delgres. It is a very visited historical monument, as it is a symbol of resistance to slavery. It allows you to discover the history of Guadeloupe (the events of 1802) and the struggle of the Guadeloupeans against slavery.
What are different activities to do?

  • Visit the Fort Delgres.
  • Open every day from 9 am to 4:30 pm and the entrance is free.

8. The Museum of the Banana

  • Museum of the Banane in Trois Rivières

10.Le musée de la banane

The Museum of the Banane is located in Trois-Rivières, installed in an old house of planter. It allows you to discover all the facets of the history of banana Guadeloupe. We present you the different varieties of bananas that exist, the packing station, the banana plant and many handicrafts made from banana leaves.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 5 pm and the fare is 8 euros.

  • Banana plantation of Capesterre-Belle-Eau

Many people also come to visit the banana plantation of Capesterre Belle Eau in Basse-Terre, towards Sainte-Marie, with its pretty Creole park and its café. It is possible to taste banana from Guadeloupe.
Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. The price is 12 € for adults and 6 € for children.
9. Cascade Paradise
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Located in Basse-Terre, near Capesterre-Belle-Eau, on the Grosse Corde River, you will find Cascade Paradise, which consists of a pond and a waterfall. It is a magical place to bathe and believe in Tahiti.
What are different activities to do?

  • Baignade au Bassin Paradise.
  • Baignade à la cascade chaude à  32°, situé à 200 mètres u Bassin Paradise.
  • Plus en amont, découverte d’un petit bassin d’eau très chaude à 39°, vers la rivière de la Grosse Corde.

10. Visiter les distilleries “Rhum de Guadeloupe”


Tourists also visit the numerous distilleries in Guadeloupe with their craft shop. Indeed, rum is part of the deep culture of Guadeloupe, with the first plantations of sugar cane. Guadeloupe produces a high quality rum, recognized throughout the world.
There are two types of rum:
1) Agricultural rum (from the veso and sugar cane juice)
2) Industrial rum (from molasses)
PS: No distillery in operation in December. The rods are cut and the machines are at rest.
In Basse-Terre, there are 5 distilleries:

Distillerie Bologne  
  •  Basse-Terre
  •  Visit 8 am to 1 pm Monday to Friday
 Rhum Bologne
 Distillerie Carrere
  •  Petit-Bourg
 Rhum Montebello
 Distillerie Espérance
  •  Sainte-Marie in Capesterre-Belle-Eau
  • There is a period machine dating from the end of the 19th century.
 Rhum Longueteau and rhum Karukera
 Distillerie du domaine Sévein
  •  Sainte-Rose
 Rhum Séverin
 Distilerie Reimonenq
  •  Sainte-Rose
 Rhum cœur de chauffe

 Crédit photo Flickr


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