Guadeloupe is one of the most amazing places on earth and I’m not just saying that because I live here. It’s small in size but gigantic with its biodiversity and natural beauty.
One part of Guadeloupe is a jungle with volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls. The other part is filled with cliffs, caves, natural pools and beaches galore. I love how many different types of species, plants, trees, etc., you can find by just driving one hour.
My name’s Maxime and I was born in Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. I would describe myself as an adventurer, exploring and rediscovering his island. I’m also the founder of a non-profit organization acting for the environment (@cleanmyisland).
I love the idea of travel but to be honest I haven’t travelled much outside of Guadeloupe. I’m not planning on leaving my island until I’m completely done exploring it. And I’m making the most of it. I have already found tons of undiscovered gems like waterfalls, caves and natural pools.
It all started about a year and a half ago when I discovered places no one had ever heard about before. Right before that I was like: “Damn I’ve been here for 19 years now. I’ve done and seen everything and it’s getting boring. I wanna go somewhere else.”
My Favourite Place in Guadeloupe: Carbet Falls
I have a lot of favorite places and memories in Guadeloupe. Every single time I’ve gone on an adventure here I’ve found something new and exciting. Just from exploring, going up rivers and mountains, and looking out for a new path to explore.
The most amazing place to me – even though it’s kind of dangerous – is being at the top of the 1st and 2nd Chutes du Carbet (Carbet Falls). They are the highest waterfalls in the Caribbean and not many people go right to the top like I do.
So when I’m up there I feel like I’m on top of the world – special, powerful, free and connected with nature. The views and sensations are amazing! But I don’t recommend everyone try this. I have a lot of experience and knowledge of the waterfalls and the island in general.
5 Best Things To Do in Guadeloupe
We all have different things we like to do when we travel and Guadeloupe is no different. Some people like resting and chilling on the beach. Others want to see all the tourist sights which you have to pay for like jet skiing, scuba diving, visiting the zoo, etc.
Some people just want to take their hiking shoes and backpack and go exploring. I’m definitely one of those people! So the top 5 experiences in Guadeloupe which I recommend are definitely outdoor adventures that get your blood flowing.
1. Climb the Active Volcano: La Grande Soufrière
La Soufrière, also known as the old lady, is the main attraction of the Guadeloupe National Park. It stands at 1467m above sea level and is the highest point in the Lesser Antilles.
Hiking to the top gives you beautiful panoramic views of the valley, Grand Terre, the south of Basse-Terre, the Caribbean and the surrounding islands.
The trek takes around 2-3 hours to get to the top (depending on your fitness levels) but you need good conditions to climb this volcano.
At times, the weather can get quite foggy so I recommend waiting for a clear day. Sunrise and sunset are particularly beautiful from the top of La Soufrière.
2. Hike to the 1st and 2nd Carbet Falls
The 1st and 2nd Carbet Falls are two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Guadeloupe. This hike takes you through the tropical forest of the National Park and along the Grand Carbet river. It’s a 480-meter climb and the distance is around 5km.
Once you arrive at the waterfalls you’ll get to see the highest falls in the Caribbean at 115 meters high. They’re majestic to see up close that’s for sure! Along the way you should be able to hear and see several species of birds in this tranquil and beautiful forest.
3. Enjoy the Views at Pointe Des Châteaux
Pointe des Châteaux or Castle’s Point is a peninsula in Guadeloupe that stretches all the way into the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s located on the very far edge of Guadeloupe and offers a great view of Grande Terre. There are unique rock formations on the peninsula too which have allowed some beautiful flora and fauna to grow there.
4. Relax on the Best Beach of Guadeloupe: Plage de Grande Anse
Grande Anse is without doubt one of the best beaches in Guadeloupe. The beach stretches for almost a mile and is lined with towering palm trees. Located in Deshaies on Basse-Terre, the views from this beach are stunning and the blue waves make for great swimming.
The best thing about Plage de Grande Anse beach is that, since it’s so large, it never feels crowded. Even though it’s the most popular beach in Guadeloupe, you can still enjoy a small section of the beach all to yourself. I recommend going for sunset! It’s really beautiful.
5. Scuba Dive in La Réserve Cousteau by Malendure Beach
La Réserve Cousteau is a protected natural maritime environment perfect for scuba diving. The marine reserve is located opposite the beautiful Malendure beach in Bouillante in the heart of Guadeloupe National Park. Explore 1,000 hectares of stunning seabed.
See corals, fish, turtles and (if you’re lucky) hear humpback whales sing. You can go on a diving tour with the many specialists located on the island.
This is one of those once in a lifetime experiences for visitors that you’ll never forget. Even if you’ve never dived before, I recommend giving it a go. The price is relatively cheap too.
The Amazing People, Culture and Food of Guadeloupe
Our local food is delicious too, especially the sea food. I would recommend going to any high quality restaurant and trying fish, lobster and octopus.
You also have to try Porc Colombo – sumptuous pork seasoned with herbs and spices and stewed with peppers, onions, garlic, potato, tomato and spicy pepper. Yum!
Tips for your Visit to Guadeloupe
My only piece of advice for visiting Guadeloupe is to really explore the island. Don’t come here to sit on the beach and work on your tan!
There are so many incredible things to do. Make the most of your stay by exploring the best volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches and underwater worlds that Guadeloupe has to offer.
If you’re looking for a place to stay I can recommend “Bonheur Indigo”. It’s located between the towns of Moule and Saint-François, north east of Grande-Terre. Definitely the best option.
Thanks for reading my guide on the best things to do in Guadeloupe. I hope to see you here on my beautiful island one day in the future!