Attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Ste-Rose

Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin

This Unesco Biosphere Reserve just off the coast of Basse-Terre makes for a superb day trip. A chain of small coral islets sitting atop a 25km-long coral wall, the reserve supports unique ecosystems including mangro…
Waterfall in Basse-Terre Island

Chutes du Carbet

Unless it’s overcast, the drive up to the Chutes du Carbet lookout gives a view of two magnificent waterfalls plunging down a sheer mountain face. From the lookout you can see the two highest waterfalls from the upp…
Volcano in Basse-Terre Island

La Soufrière

For an adventurous 1¾-hour hike to La Soufrière’s sulfurous, moonscapelike summit, a well-beaten trail starts where the road to the volcano ends with a parking lot. The trail travels along a gravel bed and continues…
National Park in Basse-Terre Island

Parc National de la Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe's only national park is an absolute stunner, covering much of the interior of Basse-Terre and including such sights as Les Chutes du Carbet and La Soufrière, the active volcano that soars over the island.…
Beach in Deshaies

Plage de Clugny

Between Grande Anse and Ste-Rose, at the northern tip of Basse-Terre, is this dazzling stretch of golden sand lapped by jade waters that just beg to be swum in. It has views toward a dramatic islet in the bay, and b…
Nature Reserve in Plage de Malendure & Pigeon Island

Réserve Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau brought Pigeon Island to international attention by declaring it to be one of the world’s top dive areas. The waters surrounding the island are now protected as an underwater park. The majority of t…
Beach in Deshaies

Grande Anse

This superb golden-sand beach with no hotel development in sight is just 2km north of Deshaies. This is one of Basse-Terre's longest and prettiest stretches of sand. The entire place is no secret though, and you won…
Museum in Ste-Rose

Musée du Rhum

Those who want to understand how the ambrosia called rum starts in the sugarcane fields and ends on their palates should really head to this excellent museum, which has thorough explanations in English. It’s at the …
Waterfall in Basse-Terre Island

Cascade aux Ecrevisses

This idyllic little jungle waterfall drops from a Basse-Terre mountainside into a small pool by a river, where you can swim. It's a popular place and can be rather crowded on the weekend, mainly as it's right on mai…
Gardens in Basse-Terre Island

Valombreuse Floral Park

Nestled in the hills west of Petit-Bourg, this pleasant 14-hectare botanical garden has mature gardens that include a wide range of tropical plants and flowers, a palmery and lots of activities for kids. There’s als…