What to see in Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe©sybarite48/Flickr

We’ve so far dedicated several posts on this blog to the beautiful island of Guadeloupe. With virgin rainforests and lots of beautiful, often almost secluded beaches, Guadeloupe is one of the best vacation spots in the Caribbean. The great thing about Guadeloupe is that is has not only the world class accommodation and restaurants that one would expect from a popular holiday destination such as the Caribbean, but also plenty of natural beauties that outdoorsy natures can explore. Those wondering what to see in Guadeloupe will soon discover the numerous beaches, historic buildings, old distilleries, touristic attractions and even a few interesting museums. Here are a few of them:

Guadeloupe Aquarium

exotic fish©Jérémie-Janisson/Flickr

The Guadeloupe Aquarium is situated on the Island of Grand Terre and offers a first encounter with the underwater fauna and flora on the island (and the Caribbean region in general). Here you will see some of the species that you are likely to meet late on if you plan to do some snorkelling, but also others that are harder to spot. You will also get the chance to admire some sharks, in a special tank of the aquariam dedicated to these dangerous but fascinating predators.

Rum Museum

Like most Caribbean islands, Guadeloupe also has a tradition in making rum. If you ever wondered how this fragrant drink is made – or used to be made – then try paying a visit to Musee de Rhum. The building of the museum is the actual building of a distillery, so sometimes it is possible to see the whole process.

Parc National de Guadeloupe

guadeloupe rainforest©Guillaume Cattiaux/Flickr

By far the biggest attraction in Guadeloupe is its nature. Actually, a significant part of the archipelago’s territory is protected by law and has the status of a natural reserve. Parc National de Guadeloupe, located on Basse-Terre, is famous for two dominating mountain peaks and the luxuriant rainforests surrounding them. But the parc hasn’t been included in the UNESCO patrimony without reason: except for the typical rainforest, it also includes an impressive number of insects, butterflies, birds and indigenous plants, not to mention the different types of habitats.

Fort Fleur d’Epee

The colonial past of the Caribbean is another aspect to consider when planning what to see in Guadeloupe. Fort Fleur d’Epee is probably the finest example of a colonial fort in Guadeloupe. It was built in the late 18th century, and its old walls still seem to preserve the echo of distant battles. The fort is also a great panorama point, so don’t miss it.

 

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