Welcome to Basse-Terre Island
But this magnificent scenery is not at the expense of good beaches, and you'll find some wonderful stretches of sand on Basse-Terre as well as one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean around Pigeon Island. The northwestern corner of Basse-Terre is the most scenic. Starting from the west side of Route de la Traversée, most of the west coast is rocky and many of the drives snake along the tops of towering sea cliffs, with tantalizing glimpses into the azure bays below. Whatever you do in Guadeloupe, do not miss Basse-Terre.