Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
out on the sea like a butterfly, Guadeloupe’s twin islands are
divided by the Rivière Salée, a narrow mangrove channel.
To the east, Grande-Terre has gently rolling hills and flat
plains, while Basse-Terre on the west is dominated by rugged hills
and mountains covered in a dense rainforest.
Much of the interior of Basse-Terre has been set aside as the
Caribbean’s most impressive nature preserve.
is generally recognized as the center of French and Creole culture
in the Caribbean and English is rarely spoken outside tourist shops
and restaurants. Pointe-à-Pitre
is the commercial port city and, although Guadeloupe has a good bus
system that operates with frequency on main routes and taxis are
plentiful (but expensive), shore excursions are recommended.
For the more independent, or those who speak a bit of French,
renting a car is a good way to get around Grande-Terre and
Basse-Terre. For a slower
pace try renting a scooter.
Taxis are available, but on the pricey side.
of New Orleans, the Creole architecture is charming, but it’s the
Parc National with its dense rainforest, the highest waterfalls in
the eastern Caribbean, and the smoldering volcanic, La Soufrière
that is the main attraction.
open-air market on Pointe-à-Pitre’s harbor front is a good spot
to buy island handicrafts, including straw dolls, hats, and
woodcarvings. Look for
locally grown coffee and the island’s most popular souvenir—Guadeloupean
Guadeloupe has many fine beaches, be aware that some are
clothing-optional. Closest to Pointe-à-Pitre are the white-sand
beaches in the resort areas of Gosier, Sainte-Anne, and Saint-François.
Ilet du Gosier, which can be reached by boat from Gosier, is
a snorkeling paradise, with abundant fish, sponges, sea fans, and
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call 2013 is all you need
to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise
line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman
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