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  • Anse Crawen--nude beach

    My girl and I visited while on a cruise, and I had heard that Anse Crawen was a possible nude beach, so we rented a scooter and checked it out---the way in is pretty gritty down a rutted dirt road, and once we got there we were the only ones around, so I guess it was OK to go nude. The beach was pretty littered with branches, leaves and stuff like...

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  • Coffee plantation "La Grivelière",...

    Guadeloupe has been producing coffee for almost 300 years now (since 1723). And it still does: grown on the slopes of the volcano, La Soufrière its pure origins and the system of locating coffee trees in the shade of banana trees have all made it the product of choice for connoisseurs. Today, coffee farming is gradually re-emerging. Now the crops...

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  • Visit to "Maison du cacao"

    Once in the garden of the "Maison de cacao/ House of the cacao" I was truly amazed. The cacao trees (cacaoyers in French) looked almost unreal (and so perfectly beautiful): covered from top till bottom with cocoa fruits in different colours (from green to orange or pink). Did you know that its scientific name "theoboma cocoa" means "food of God"?...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Morne Saint-Louis

    The island Basse-Terre is famous for the great views you can have from its peaks in the Parc National de la Guadeloupe. From inside the rainforest you can have views until the coastline where the blue of the Caribbean Sea contrasts wonderfully with the green of the jungle. These views can be reached, but it's not always easy.The most famous...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Maison Zévallos

    If you are on your way from Saint François towards Le Moule, taking the N5, it is well worth a stop a the colonial “Maison Zévallos”. This old 19th century building is one of the few remaining colonial buildings on the island and is very well preserved.At the right side of the road you’ll see some black iron fences showing up, and hidden behind the...

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  • LES SAINTES: Bays

    No matter how great the beaches are on Les Saintes, and how interesting the old Fort Napoléon on Terre-de-Haut is; the best thing about the islands simply is the impressive landscape you see everywhere. The whole coastline of the biggest island Terre-de-Haut is a collection of beautiful bays of which you have a very good view when you're driving...

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  • LES SAINTES: Beaches

    The islands of Les Saintes are famous for its beaches. Although the islands are very small, there are beaches everywhere: often quiet and well protected from high waves because they are located in deep bays. Terre-de-Haut is no exception, and driving around on the island makes you discover another beach every ten minutes. Here you'll find only...

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  • LES SAINTES: Fort Napoléon

    The most impressive building on the islands of Les Saintes, definitely is the Fort Napoléon on Terre-de-Haut. This fort, on top of a hill on the eastside of the island is beautiful itself, but also offers on of the best viewpoints of the island: from here you can see all the islands of the archipelago of Guadeloupe, and on clear days even all the...

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  • LES SAINTES: Terre-de-Haut

    No matter how you organise your trip to Les Saintes, it will always start in its capital, Terre-de-Haut. This small village on the biggest island (also called Terre-de-Haut) is the commercial centre of the small archipelago with shops, the harbour and a strong emphasis on tourism. Despite this clear focus on tourism it is a pleasant town to visit...

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  • LES SAINTES: Introduction

    After discovering the island of Guadeloupe on November 4th 1493, Christopher Columbus found another small group of islands on the day of All Saints. Because of this celebration he called these islands "Les Saintes", a name that is still used today. These islands are now known as one of the most beautiful parts of the archipelago and are the most...

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  • LA DÉSIRADE: La Pointe Doublé

    By far the most interesting part of the small island is the Pointe Doublé. This is a very arid area at the most eastern point of the island, also the most western point of the whole Guadeloupean archipelago. The landscape and the atmosphere you can feel here are very special and a real reward after cycling all the way here (like I did).After you...

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  • LA DÉSIRADE: Baie Mahault

    The third, and also the last village on La Desirade after Beauséjour and Le Souffleur is the very, very, very small village Baie Mahault. Over here not more then 100 people should be living, and it's understandable that it is not very popular: this is really the end of the world. After Baie Mahault the desert of the island starts and you won't see...

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  • LA DÉSIRADE: Le Souffleur

    The second town that you will see on the island after departing in Beauséjour, is the even smaller village Le Souffleur. It is located about 4 kilometres eastwards from the capital, and it is not much more then just one street. This one street is an interesting though.To the north of the road you have a great view of the mountains that cross the...

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  • LA DÉSIRADE: Beauséjour

    The capital of the small island La Désirade is called Beauséjour, also known by its former name Grande-Anse. It is a small village with about 1000 inhabitants, but still it is the real centre of the island. The boat arrives here, the few shops of the island are here, and it is the place where you can arrange transport for the duration of your stay:...

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  • LA DÉSIRADE: Introduction

    At the southeast of Grande-Terre, a few kilometres off shore, you'll find the small island La Désirade. This is the most eastern point of the archipelago of Guadeloupe, and a very different world compared to the other islands. La Désirade is small; only 2 by 12 kilometres, but it is very interesting and absolutely worth a visit.The way to the...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Plage de Grande Anse

    The northwest coast of Basse-Terre is one of the areas with the nicest beaches on Guadeloupe. You can find beaches of several different kinds here: the black sand beach of Malendure, quiet beaches in hidden bays, or the most famous and popular of all: the Plage de Grande Anse.The Plage de Grande Anse is a very wide beach situated just outside the...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Route de la Traversée

    The Route de la Traversée definitely is the most beautiful road on the island of Guadeloupe. It basically is the second road on Basse-Terre: there is a coastal road that is surrounding the whole island. The Route de la Traversée is the connection between the east- and westside, passing through the interior of the island.In the 18th century already,...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Parc des Mamelles

    At the western end of the Route de la Traversée you'll find the zoo and attractionpark Parc des Mamelles, named after the two famous peaks that are just a few kilometres away. The park might feel a little bit too touristy for some visitors, but it still is a nice way to get an insight in the wildlife of the island and for children it is a fantastic...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Chutes de Carbet

    One of the most spectacular places to visit on Guadeloupe definitely are the falls of (chutes de) Carbet. They are situated at the eastern slope of the Soufrière volcano. A river seeks its way down through the limestone of the area and ends up falling deeply for three times. Several hikes through the valley will lead you to these falls.The easiest...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Westcoast

    One of the most popular areas of Basse-Terre for tourists is the westcoast around the town called Bouillante. Here you'll find an interesting combination of natural elements which make this region very special.First of all you'll find the Jacques Cousteau Reserve here: a protected piece of underwater-world named after the world famous French diver...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Maison de la Fôret

    In the heart of the Parc National de la Guadeloupe you'll find the "Maison de la Fôret", the House of the Forest. This is a very interesting spot on Basse-Terre, but not because of the "House" you would expect here, but because of what lies behind it. Here you can hike through the great rainforest of the island.The actual House of the Forest is...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Cascade aux Écrevisses

    At the eastern end of the Route de la Traversée one of the smaller, but also one of the most popular waterfalls of Guadeloupe can be found: the Cascades aux Écrevisses. A few kilometres after entering the Parc National de la Guadeloupe, with its impressive rainforest, the waterfall is hidden in the green forest.A short walk of about five minutes...

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  • BASSE-TERRE: Introduction

    When you look at the island of Guadeloupe as a butterfly, the western wing of it is Basse-Terre. The name litterly translated means "Low-Land", but the island is completely the opposite. Christopher Colombus gave it its name because of the "low wind" around the island. In fact Basse-Terre is the highest part of the whole archipelago, with the...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: The inland

    My favourite part of Marie-Galante are not the beaches or the distilleries, but the very interesting inland of the island. Without any specific landmark or attractions, this area is still fascinating if you ask me, and every drive through this part will bring you beautiful viewpoints for sure.A tour along the N9, crossing the island from...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: Northwest Coast

    Another reason why Marie-Galante is a popular place for tourists are the wonderful beaches you can visit here. Apart from the beach at Capesterre in the south, all the great beaches can be found in the northwestern part: between Saint-Louis and Vieux-Fort.Starting south you'll first see the Anse du Mays: a long stretch of beach where you hardly...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: Les Galets

    In the southeastern part of the island Marie-Galante, just north from Capesterre, you will find an area that is completely different from all the rest of the island. Les Galets is a very, very remote place that is very difficult to access. The one single road that crosses the area is in terrible condition and an average speed of 10 kilometres is...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: Distilleries

    Marie-Galante is rhum-island. You will not easily find an island this small with the same amount of distilleries. Many of the old distilleries have been closed thoughout the years, but still you find three famous rhum-factories here: Bellevue, Père Labat and Bielle. A visit to one of these distilleries is a real must when you are visiting M-G....

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: Moulin de Bézard

    Everywhere on Marie-Galante, and also on the other islands of Guadeloupe, you'll see numerous ruins of windmills: round stone buildings without wings and roofs. These are all windmills that were used during the sugarcane era to press the sugarjuice out of the canes.On Marie-Galante you can visit one of the windmills, and this one has been...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: Habitations

    Marie-Galante is a rhum-island like no other. In ancient days lots of money was made by the sugarplantations and the fabrication of rhum on the island. The plantation-owners surrounded theirselves by great wealth and in the 19th century several enormous mansions were built on "M-G".The most famous one is the Château Murat; a brilliant area with a...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: Gueulle Grand Gouffre

    In the northeast of Marie-Galante you’ll find one of the most spectacular sights of the whole of Guadeloupe: the cliffs. The roads to the different viewpoints here are not very clearly indicated and are in bad condition, but taking the effort to come here really pays of!First there is the area of Caye Plate where you have a view of hundreds of...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE:...

    Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante is normally just called Capesterre, but because there is a town with the same name on Basse-Terre, the official name is a bit longer. This town is the third biggest of the island, and it is located in the south-east, at the end of the beautiful route N9 that crosses this island from Grand-Bourg.The town is surrounded by...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: Grand-Bourg

    The capital of Marie-Galante is exactly what the name indicates: a big village, and nothing more then that. Grand-Bourg is the place where you will arrive when you are visiting the island, and also where you will probably organise you’re transport to move around on the island: cars, scooters and minibusses are offered all over here.But Grand-Bourg...

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  • MARIE-GALANTE: Introduction

    During two visits to the island of Marie-Galante, about ten kilometres south from Grande-Terre, I fell a bit in love with this island. It is almost perfectly round and pretty flat, and it is very quiet and peacefull compared to the “mainland” of Guadeloupe. It’s a natural pearl with many different qualities.What Marie-Galante is famous for are it’s...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Introduction

    Grande-Terre is the eastern wing of the butterfly Guadeloupe. It is not, like the name would indicate, the biggest of the two: it gets its name from the fact that the wind at this part is “bigger” because it is a flat island. Grande-Terre is, unlike Basse-Terre, of coral-origin and not of volcanic origin. This results in a pretty flat island with a...

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  • GRANDE TERRE: Le Gosier

    Between Pointe-à-Pitre and Sainte-Anne you will find the night-capital of Guadeloupe: Le Gosier. At daytime the village is like the other town at the southcoast of Grande-Terre: it receives a lot of tourists. For them there are lots of hotels in Le Gosier, just as casino’s, restaurants and shops. The big difference with Sainte-Anne and...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Morne-à-l'Eau

    Although the name of this town means “Hill at the Water” it is located in the heart of Grande-Terre, as an important connection between the north and south, and the east and west. Because of this, the town is full with cars and busy streets and it has a big market where products are being traded by the nearby farmers.The centre of the town is nice...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Anse-Bertrand

    Anse-Bertrand is the northernmost village of Grande-Terre and Guadeloupe as a whole. Until not so long ago it has been very separated from the rest of the island, being an only agricultural place. For this reason you shouldn’t expect any impressive buildings here; in fact the village is not spectacular at all.But what ís worthwhile in Anse-Bertrand...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: La Pointe de la Grande...

    In the northeastern corner of Grande-Terre you’ll find one of the most spectacular places of the island: La Pointe de la Grande Vigie. You’ll find cliffs here that reach up to a height of 80 metres. You’ll find this point by following the road eastwards from Anse-Bertrand. A special road of about 2 kilometres leads you to the cliffs. Here there is...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Porte d'Enfer

    If you follow the D122 from La Pointe de la Grande Vigie southwards, you will follow the “route of the cliffs”. All along this road you’ll have great views every now and then. One of the highlights of this part is the point with the terrifying name the Porte d’Enfer (Gate of Hell).The Porte d’Enfer is a shallow bay that is in connection with the...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Sainte-Anne

    In the centre of the southern coast of Grande-Terre you’ll find the small, but very popular village of Sainte-Anne. Like all places it the southcoast, Sainte-Anne used to be a small village that only depended on agriculture and fishing, but ever since they discovered tourism that changeed completely. Today it’s one of the most visited...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Pointe-à-Pitre

    Pointe-à-Pitre (PAP) is the by far the biggest city on Guadeloupe> PAP is the city where you will always arrive on the island; either by boat or by plane. PAP has the only international harbour, the biggest industrial area. PAP is the place to go if you want to go shopping, and PAP is the connection between Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. Despite...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Port-Louis

    In the north-west of Grande-Terre, a nice town to visit is Port-Louis. The town doesn’t have any big attractions, but it’s a nice place for a walk or a lunchbreak during a tour around the island. Make sure not to be there on Sundays (like I did) because then the town can look like a ghosttown: shops and restaurants are closed and everybody is...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Petit-Canal

    At about 10 kilometres north from Morne-à-l’Eau you’ll find the small village of Petit-Canal. The story of this town is a pretty sad one: in the 19th century Petit-Canal was a flourishing place. Two big sugar-factories brought a lot of wealth and labour to the town. Because the village was built a little bit inland, on top of a hill, a canal needed...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Le Moule

    This town, at the eastcoast of Grande-Terre, is undoubtly the sugar-cane capital of the island. In the 18th century this was an important city in the sugar-imperium of the French, and the remainings of the buildings that once formed the harbour are still visible today. Still today, Le Moule depends on the sugarcanes for a important part of its...

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  • GRANDE-TERRE: Vieux-Bourg

    This small village is located at the west of the “bigger brother” Morne-à-l’Eau, directly at the coast. The road from “Morne” to V-B is a very nice one, through a green valley and ending up in the village is a pleasure as well. Vieux-Bourg (Old-Village) has two parts: one older part lying on top of a very steep hill and a part at the port. From the...

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