Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Seafood in Plage de Malendure & Pigeon Island

La Touna

This fantastic and riotously popular seafront restaurant with friendly staff and an enticing and innovative menu is the best place to eat along this part of the coast. The sumptuous Creole menu with a French twist s…
Top Choice International in Deshaies

La Table du Poisson Rouge

This elegant restaurant within the Tendacayou Ecolodge & Spa is an atmospheric place for destination dining. And you could lose yourself in the homemade moelleux au chocolat (chocolate cake) that arrives at the …
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…
French in Deshaies

L’Amer

Unmissably orange on the outside, refined and stylish inside, this is a Deshaies institution. The interesting (and pricey) menu takes in seafood and swordfish and combines French tradition with an eye to local flavo…
French in Deshaies

La Savane

Ignore the tacky gorilla sculpture at the entrance – this restaurant wins plaudits for its high-quality cuisine and divine location right on the seafront, with a terrace from which to drink it all in. Classic French…