Things to see in Guadelupe

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination The islands of Guadeloupe

Landscapes

Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, in the heart of the Antilles, Guadeloupe is an island with several faces, guaranteeing a complete change of scenery. The Guadeloupian butterfly is composed of two radically different islands: Grande-Terre, dry and barely hilly, and Basse-Terre, luxurious as one could wish. Spread over 6350 ft² , Grande-Terre collects the most beautiful beaches of the island, rigorously straight and covered with immaculate white sand. In the West, Basse-Terre is more oriented towards a green tourism. Considered the Antilles' most beautiful region, it remains a paradise for hikers and wildlife lovers. Let's name two sites among the most popular: Carbet waterfalls and the active volcano of the Soufrière.

Coasts

All the lively seaside resorts are located on Grande-Terre. However, the Basse-Terre coasts, covered with black sand, are also of great interest. Main asset: they are less crowded. Caravelle beaches remain the preferred place for watersport lovers. Besides the long thin-sand stretches, the Guadeloupian coasts offer other treasures buried in the sea depths. Discoveries that will be greatly appreciated by diving lovers.

The fauna and flora

Endemic species are becoming rarer and rarer. Small mammals that used to populate the Guadeloupian wildlife, essentially small rodents, are becoming extinct. The National Park of Guadeloupe, located in Basse-Terre, enables you to observe this sparse fauna. On the other hand, the fauna has more than 300 tree species and 100 species of classified orchids. Grande-Terre's forest also has many beautiful trees such as the mapou tree, dracaena reflexa, gum tree or the ficus. Also enjoy all of the tropical flowers that grow abundantly on the island, including the allamanda plant, the pink or white laurel, the Chinese hat plant with conical flowers and the famous hibiscus.

Arts and culture

West Indian culture and music go together. Always present, it gives rhythm to every hour of the day and night. From zouk to ragga music, from beguine to mazurka, West Indians dance and expess themselves on rhythms that can sometimes be furious and at other times more throbbing. Local festivities, cockfights, cultural sit ups, are all opportunities for the visitor to enjoy the vitality of the island's cultural traditions.

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