So you’ve decided to visit paradise in the Caribbean, and now in the planning stages. The first thing that comes to mind when planning a vacation is “What are the top things to see in this country?”. Well, your search stops here. After spending 8 days on the sunny island of Guadeloupe I have compiled a list of “5 Must-See Attractions”. Pick up a map at the airport upon landing and be on your merry way.
We will begin our list at number 5: A stop that shouldn’t be missed, the Pointe des Châteaux. This amazing display of power by the Caribbean Sea is one for the books. Take the short drive out on the D118 road to reach it. There is a small parking lot and a few food stands around. You will know once you are close because the waters will be roaring in the background. There a short hike to the edge of the rough rocks and there you can witness this massive movement of nature. If you are about views then this stop is perfect for you! This attraction isn’t very handicap accessible unfortunately due to the uneven terrain.
At number 4 on our list is the family town of Le Gosier. Specifically the small island off its coast, Îlet du Gosier. You can take a ferry to or even swim if you’re a strong swimmer since the current usually isn’t strong and the tide is rather low. It’s the perfect place to snorkel, soak up the sun, and experience a breathtaking view. There aren’t any facilities on the island so take your bathroom breaks BEFORE catching your ferry or swimming…… please don’t leave any waste on the island.
It’s time to take a scenic drive for number 3 on our countdown to the Pointe de la Grande Vigie. Unfortunately, this site gets overlooked by many for the Pointe Dee Châteaux, but in my personal opinion, the Pointe de la Grande Vigie is much more beautiful. Since it’s not as popular it’s likely that along the D122 road you will be completely alone. Being able to take in the views and appreciate nature in solitude is one of the best gifts a vacation can offer.
Coming in at number 2, Plage de Grande Anse not only makes it onto this list but it also tops the list of My Favorite Beaches in the World as well! The waters are calm, the sand is soft and the energy is electric. This is a great place to meet locals and pig out on all the food stands. Because it is on the more mountainous island of Basse-Terre, it provides amazing backdrops.
The last must-see attraction, coming it at number 1 on our list is probably the most visited place in Guadeloupe……. Terre-de-Haut. Le Saints Bay, to be exact. It is worth every bit of hype believe it or not! There’s a reason it’s been voted the most beautiful bay in the world numerous times. If you are prone to seasickness, check the weather before you leave in the morning. The boat ride can get EXTREMELY rocky. Once on the island take a walk or scooter up to Fort Napoleon. From here you’ll have a panoramic view of the island and the main island in the distance. It’s a view you could never forget.
Have you been to any of these places? Share your tips and comments below.