Cascade aux Ecrevisses

Basse-Terre Island

This idyllic jungle waterfall drops from a Basse-Terre mountainside into a small riverside pool where you can swim. It's a wonderful and therefore popular spot and can get a bit crowded at weekends, mainly as it's right on the main road through the Parc National de la Guadeloupe. On the other side of the road is a large, uncrowded picnic area, also by the river, with shaded benches and barbecue pits.

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1. Parc National de la Guadeloupe

1.83 MILES

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2. Valombreuse Floral Park

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3. Zoo de Guadeloupe

4.69 MILES

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4. Saut d'Acomat

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5. Maison du Cacao

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6. Réserve Cousteau

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7. La Soufrière

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8. Musée du Rhum

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