Guadeloupe offers many attractions from historical landmarks to natural landscapes to beaches and festivals. Festivals are offered throughout the year and the island has several museums and historical sites that are open to visitors. With so much to see and so many options available, we’ve compiled a list of five of the best things to do in Guadeloupe to help you plan your trip more easily and enjoy all Guadeloupe has to offer.
One of the easiest ways to experience as much of the Guadeloupean landscape as possible is by booking either a public or private tour. Available through several different services, these tours also come in varying packages and lengths of time.
Full-Day tours will pick you up from a location of your choice, or even the front door of your hotel. Often, these tours ask you what you or your group want to see and then design the itinerary around those specifications. Locations include rum distilleries, cocoa plantations, sugar cane distilleries, or one of the country’s chocolate factories among many more. You can also opt to take a guided tour by horseback if you want to get more in touch with nature.
Natural Landscapes and Sites
Guadeloupe’s beautiful natural landscapes are one of the reasons the island is so prized by tourists. If you enjoy hiking and outdoor excursions, you can walk along the coast, visit the cape, explore rocky areas, and enjoy some of the pristine beaches the Caribbean has to offer. You’re also just a stone’s throw away from Carriacou, which was recently featured on caribbeansbest.org for its untouched beauty.
Various historical sites can be found throughout Guadeloupe. The Archeological Park houses remnants from indigenous natives and takes tourists on a tour back through time. Fort Napoleon is a historical war site build on the Les Saints Islands and overlooks one of the most well-known bays. The Domaine de l’Habitation la Griveliere is a retired coffee plantation, which serves now as a museum and botanical garden, and has several restaurants and shops you can visit. If you are willing to take a dive in the waters, you can visit underwater sites and explore ancient artifacts that lie beneath the water’s surface. Diving can be done individually or with a tour guide.
To experience the Guadeloupean culture, consider enjoying one of the many carnivals that occur throughout the entire year. The Guadeloupean National Carnival in 2018 is a large festival that features parades, traditional foods, music, and much more. You’ll have the chance to enjoy the Guadeloupean culture in all its splendor, complete with elaborate rides and beautiful costumes.
The Crab Festival gives tourists a chance to enjoy different varieties of crab dishes and is held every April in Morne-a-l’Eau. Each summer, the heard of Guadeloupe holds several festivals that focus on the historical and native culture with a variety of traditional foods, drinks, and music.
If you want to visit Guadeloupe, be prepared to be astounded by the natural beauty and many free activities that make this island so special. If you are unsure of what to see first, consider taking one of the island’s many tours and consider some of these options; you won’t be disappointed.