Bar La Rhumerie (Le Mahogany Hotel, Le Gosier, Grande-Terre) –located near “Le Zawag” restaurant, this bar, with fine lounge furnishing, serves home-made “Accras” (fritters) and rum-infused cocktails to a multi-national crowd during the late afternoon and evenings.
Américano Café (2 Ave. Hégésippe Ibene, Sainte-Anne, Grande-Terre) – this is a lively beachside bar that plays various forms of music – even from the American 1960s.
Quai 17 (Marina de Saint-François, Saint-François, Grande-Terre) – the pizza and Italian cuisine served here are a welcome break for visitors looking for something different from French & Creole meals. The marina location is also a huge draw.
The eastern Caribbean island of Guadeloupe was first discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to America in 1493. He named that island Santa María de Guadalupe de Extremadura (which would later be shortened to Guadelupe). Although he himself never settled on the island, Spanish settlers eventually did make their way to Guadeloupe. With […]
Engraved Rock Archaeological Park (Trois-Rivières, Basse Terre) — Inhabited by the Arawaks and the Carib people before being discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1493, Guadeloupe still bears many signs of these ancient civilizations. The archaeological park in Trois-Rivières is home to many of them and offers a stunning peek at pre-conquest Guadeloupe, not to mention […]
Fort Louis Delgrès (Le Carmel, Basse-Terre) — Fort Louis Delgrès—Guadeloupe’s historical Mecca—towers over Basse-Terre, the island’s oldest city (founded in 1643). Formerly Fort Royal, Fort Richepance, and Fort Saint Charles, the fortification was declared a national historic monument in 1977. Take a self-guided tour of the fort and museum, or show up on a Friday […]
Le Gosier Islet—this small island is located off the southern coast of Grande-Terre. Locals get there by either swimming or kayak paddling their way into it from Datcha Beach. Divers can explore the tropical marine life from the new and improved underwater trail by that islet.
Guadeloupe’s Creole Eco-Museum (Route de Sofaïa, Sainte-Rose, Basse-Terre) — If there was ever a place where originality was rivaled only by a desire to preserve heritage, it’s in the Creole garden along Sainte-Rose’s Route de Sofaïa. Guadeloupe’s Creole eco-museum is a kaleidoscopic botanical garden that features a collection of tropical species, including medicinal plants, as […]
Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve (Basse-Terre) – established in the late 1980s, the National Park manages a 3,700-hectare nature reserve at the heart of a vast bay closed off by the longest coral reef in the Lesser Antilles. With a myriad of different coastal features, le Grand-Cul-de-sac Marin boasts mangroves, swampy forests, grassy marshes, herbaceous […]
L’Église Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul (Pointe-à-Pitre, Grande-Terre) —this is the basilica in Pointe-à-Pitre, which was rebuilt after an earthquake destroyed much of the city in 1843.