From mangroves to volcanoes, the island of Guadeloupe has a variety of landscapes to explore. There are over 150 miles (240 kilometers) of coastline, all of which is lovely and pristine.
As a French overseas territory, Guadeloupe holds an important place in the French’s grasp of the Caribbean. Once, the island was inhabited by the Arawak people, and Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot in its shores. He is said to have discovered the pineapple, there.
There are two main islands, Basse-Terre, and Grand-Terre, separated by a thin expanse of water. Islands span the strait, connecting the two islands. There are also several smaller inhabited islands, as well as a score of smaller islets.
During your stay in Guadeloupe don’t miss out on the wonders held within the island’s interior. There is a gorgeous botanical garden (Jardin Botanique de Deshaies) that has endless blooms no matter what time of year you visit. There are also volcanoes to tour, and beaches on which to lounge. Another great spot to make a stop is the Maison du Cacao, where you can learn all about the magical world of chocolate, from start to finish.
You can fly into Guadeloupe, and renting a car is a viable option for getting around. There are also taxis that can take you here and there. Another great idea is to take the ferryboats, which can send you to the islands from many other Caribbean destinations.