they are the island in the background of the picture. really worth seeing as it has an unspoiled beauty. you can visit them in a day or more if you like, for the lazy ones the best way is to rent a scooter for the day and for the more courageous ones walking.
it has historic sites, beautiful beaches(make sure you see the beach with the"pain de sucre"), artisanal shops and galleries and restaurants, and a quit interesting house front which is like a boat.
day trip on a catamaran, once you get there, you can either be a lezard on the beach or snorkle as i did. i got very lucky and i had the chance to swim with an geant aquatic turtle for a while . the meal is included in your day trip and you usually get to eat some really nice barbecue fish and drink some rhum(hoops with the sun, careful). on the island you will get to see iguanas, some birds called the "sucriers" who were eating sugar from my friends cap, some baby sharks(dont worry they are in an area surrended by corals and cant get out) and some "bernard l'hermites"(they re like a crab but with a different shell, not sure of the name in english)
situated at the end of the part of the island called "haute terre". It s preferable to go and see it early morning as first it will be less crowded and second you will get a better clarity from the top of the hill to see all of the neighbours island: Desirade, Petite Terre, Marie-Gallante, Les Saintes and sometimes even more.
Careful, no swimming there as the currents are really strong but you can swim on the beach on the left before you get there.
A beach situated in the part called Basse Terre between ste Rose town and Dehais town.
isnt it beautiful, i can seat there and just watch for hours, couldnt you?
The part of the island which is called "Basse-terre" means low landscape in french and it s funny that it s actually the part of the island that has got the mountains with the highest point and vice versa for "haute-terre". did they drink too much rum while thinking of the names??????? I should ve ask but now i ve got the answer in my comments. thanks Lorgnierl.
I ve got a preference for this part of the island.
Guadeloupe really has got different landscape for it s size. this part is quit dry and has got almost no trees but low vegetation and has got only a few beaches hidden in the middle of those cliffs. Walk around in this area for a few hours and you ll definatly loose some weight and some water from you body as there is nowhere to hide from the sun.
In the background of the picture.
i ve been there for a day with my brother and we really didnt want to come back!
the island only has about a thousand inhabitants.
People are really friendly and life is to the rythme of the fishermen and cargo boats that pass away at sea.
This is an island where people stop on the road if you are walking and ask you if you need a lift ( everywhere-else it would sound like they might want something bad from you but not there!).
You can get there by boat ( carefull as the sea is often furious for those of you who are sea-sick) from st francois town on the port or you can fligh there from the old airport called the "raizet" in Pointe-a-Pitre.
The best way to discover the island is by renting a scooter if you re only there for a day. it s quit steep in some places and be ready to push the scooter to give some pace if you are two on it( what a fun day, i was doing the pushing while my brother was laughing away (only my bro to do that to me and it s such a good memory).
I would strongly advise those of you who like the feeling of freedom to , at least, spend a day there.
there are only 2 hotels on the island in case you decide you dont want to leave but hey, you could sleep anywhere there.......... love the place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
unspoiled island at about 2 hours by boat from Guadeloupe. the island is really quiet so if you want a bit of a night life, it s not the right place to go. lots of writters and painters go or live there to get their inspirations. i went there for 3 days and came back totally rested. the locals say that Guadeloupe was like that 40 years ago, for example they still carry the sugar canne to make the rhum by cart.
In the capital "pointe a pitre" fishermen park their boat right in the center of the town and sell freshly caught fish from their boat. they are usually here in the mornings.
But you can find fishermen selling fresh fish in most towns, just ask the locals for their locations.
the market is open every mornings and is situated in the center of the capital Pointe-a-pitre. I love going there as it really reflects the life on the island. you can find a wide range of differents exotic spices, there is also a vegetables market. The shop-keepers usually wear the typical "antillaises dresses" and will all approch you to try to sell you their goods.
"petit grain" in creole means "little shower(rain). these are quit frequent in the caraibeens and usually last for 10 mn.
after a while you ll be able to feel when they are coming and wont get surprised as i did in the beginning.
and now, i kind of enjoy them and just go for a swim with the rain battering the sea.
you can scuba dive at "la reserve cousteau" .
it offers dives for different levels:
first dive, children dives, or skilled or less skilled dives.
it s one of the best place on the island to scuba dive.
it s open every day. dives time: 10am, 12.30pm, 15pm
prices: first dive 50 euros,1 dive 45 euros(with guide) but check the website for more prices(it s in french so if you need help just ask me)
adress: le rocher de malendure. pigeon.
bouillante . tel:0590988663
if you like hiking then the tropical forest is definatly a good place to go and usually with the reward at the end of little paradisiac pool and waterfall which, believe me, is really appreciated.
This one is not too far off walking , it s about 1/2 h to get there and offers you a natural jaccuzi. i ll advise you to wear some old gripping soles trainers as if it has rainned the ground is really slippery and you ll also have to walk on slippery rocks in the river. this walk is not very well known by the tourist and it s very difficult to explain how to get there so you are better of having someone who knows the place.
i m not a big fan of crowded beaches but i must admit that this one is quit beautiful, unfortunatly the "club med" is based there so if you want some quiet, not the best beach to go.
you can snorkle here by the coral barrier, windsurf, surf (depending on the waves).
there are lots of people walking around trying to sell you different things like bikinis, artisanal jewels....
to get to this beach, you ll have to pass a little alleyway which has a few boutiques( artisanal, clothing) and restaurants. Those boutiques are called the lolos .they re just a roof and walls made of wood and are getting emptied each night.
dont miss the great sunsets, the best place to see them is usually in the part called Basse Terre.
This one is really nothing compared to the ones i ve experienced living there, unfortunatly i didnt always have a camera.........one day the all sky was like ablazed............woua....what a sight it was!!!
i believe it takes its name because of boats or people trying to pass a certain point could not come back as the sea is quit furious after the lagoon. i ve been there a few time when the sea was really agitated and it amasing if you seat close to the waves(far end of the picture), it looks like the sea is much higher than the ground level (please all be careful) and it show how powerful it is so dont try to challenge it
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