The 10 most beautiful villages in Guadeloupe

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Planning a holiday in the Caribbean? Here’s our selection of the 10 most beautiful villages in Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies!

There’s nothing like living to the rhythm of the villages of Guadeloupe to plunge you into the heart of the Caribbean! Made up of seven magnificent islands, the French archipelago of Guadeloupe seduces visitors with its unspoilt nature and vibrant Creole atmosphere.

People also come here to laze on the warm sand, to climb the Soufrière volcano, and to enjoy the lively, tropical atmosphere of the small Caribbean towns. Follow our selection of the most beautiful villages and get ready for a wonderful stay in the Caribbean!

1. Deshaies

Deshaies

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Start your tour of Guadeloupe’s villages with Deshaies. A small fishing village on the shores of the Caribbean Sea in Basse-Terre, it encapsulates all the charm of the French West Indies. Admire the colorful wooden houses, taste coconut and old rum on the terraces, and enjoy the proximity of heavenly beaches.

One of the village’s major attractions is its botanical garden. Located in the former Coluche estate, just before Grande-Anse beach, this must-see park in Guadeloupe gives visitors a close-up view of the archipelago’s flora and fauna.

Spread over 7 hectares, it offers visitors a variety of collections, including a palm grove, a water-lily pond, exotic birds and a beautiful 10-meter-high waterfall. You’ll learn a lot about local biodiversity! Deshaies is also an excellent starting point for a trip to the famous Grande-Anse beach, or a sailing excursion in search of dolphins.

2. Sainte-Anne

Sainte-Anne

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Drive 21 km east from Pointe-à-Pitre to one of Guadeloupe’s liveliest villages! Sainte-Anne is perfect for enjoying some of the archipelago’s finest beaches. The turquoise lagoon enclosed by a coral reef, the fine sand and coconut palms are true to the postcard image of the West Indies. The Bois-Jolan and Caravelle beaches are the most beautiful.

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want to sit still, head for Le Bourg beach! It’s a popular spot for water sports such as jet-skiing, windsurfing and sea kayaking. In the evening, the village of Sainte-Anne comes alive with its night market. Take the opportunity to buy a few souvenirs on your way back from the beach and sip a rum!

It’s worth noting, however, that Sainte-Anne is very popular with tourists. So it’s best to discover the beaches early in the morning or late in the day, to avoid the crowds.

3. Le Gosier

Vue sur le Gosier Plage, Guadeloupe

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Its name comes from the pelican known in the 17th century as the grand-gousier, because of its large beak and pouch. Le Gosier is another of Guadeloupe’s top tourist destinations. A seaside resort close to Pointe-à-Pitre, it’s perfect if you like a lively, friendly atmosphere.

As well as bars, casinos and discos, you can enjoy a wide range of water sports. For idleness, simply put your towel down on Datcha beach, and for swimming, head for the pretty cove at Anse Tabarin.

The small islet of Le Gosier is also a good option for swimming in the lagoon. Bordered by beautiful reefs and protected by the Conservatoire Côtier as well as the Office National des Forêts, it takes no more than 5 minutes by boat to get there.

4. Terre-de-Haut village

Bourg de Terre-de-Haut

Napoleon’s fort in Bourg de Terre-de-Haut Photo credit: Wikipedia – Friman

Get off the beaten track and head for Les Saintes! In Terre-de-Haut, one of the two inhabited islands of the small Guadeloupe archipelago, cars are not allowed. So you can explore the area by bike or on foot, starting with the Bourg de Terre-de-Haut. It’s the ideal spot from which to admire the splendid Baie des Saintes, considered one of the most beautiful in the world by Unesco.

The village is both relaxing and lively. The pace is nonchalant, the inhabitants welcoming. We advise you to explore the streets with your nose in the air, on the lookout for the colorful facades of the Creole huts or the large colonial mansions. The church, built of volcanic rock, is also well worth a visit.

And don’t forget to stop for a taste of Torments d’Amour, the tasty little cakes that are the island’s specialty!

5. Saint-François

Saint François

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Guadeloupe’s little Saint-Tropez is first and foremost an old fishing port waiting to be discovered. Founded in 1683 by a Franciscan mission, this highly touristy village combines all the attractions of a vacation destination. Church, square and cute Creole huts on one side, marina, golf course, bars and casino on the other.

Saint-François is also a great spot for nautical activities or sea outings to Marie-Galante, Les Saintes or La Désirade. One of the village’s curiosities: its large Hindu cemetery, all in white, bears witness to the presence of Indians on the island.

Saint-François is home to Guadeloupe’s largest Indian community. If you’re looking for a nice beach in the immediate vicinity, the Raisins-Clairs beach is the place to go, or Anse à la Gourde.

6. Trois-Rivières

Trois Rivières

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Are you planning to visit Guadeloupe via Les Saintes? You’ll certainly want to set sail from Trois-Rivières. Located south of Basse-Terre, the commune takes its name from the three rivers that flow through it: the Grande Anse, the Petit Carbet and the Trou du Chien. It has a pleasant little port, with old Creole huts and houses.

The village is also home to the Parc archéologique des roches gravées, featuring 230 Arawak engravings dating back to pre-Columbian times. Sugar cane has long flourished in Trois-Rivières (and is the source of the famous rum of the same name), but bananas have also become an important local crop. There’s even a banana plantation-museum dedicated to this tropical fruit. Yummy!

7. Basse-Terre

Basse Terre

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If you’re visiting the villages of Guadeloupe, the island’s administrative capital is a must. Classified as a « Ville d’Art et d’Histoire » since 1995, Basse-Terre boasts a number of cultural treasures, including the Notre Dame de Guadeloupe cathedral, one of the oldest in the archipelago. In the town center, the Maison des Corsaires is well worth a visit.

The large market, which stretches right down to the waterfront, offers an opportunity to soak up the Caribbean atmosphere of the islands. The botanical garden is home to over 130 species of trees and plants of diverse origins. Basse-Terre is also a good starting point for several diving spots in the surrounding area.

8. Guava

Goyave

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Guavas, these delicious fruits, have given the name to this small village, which specializes in fishing and banana cultivation. If you’re looking for a place untouched by mass tourism, this is the place for you. There are some superb walks to be enjoyed, such as the Bras du Fort jump or the Moreau Falls. Easy walks with a swim in the water.

In Goyave, the Jardin d’Eau de Blonzac is a fun and sporty place for the whole family. The Jardin aux mille fruits is an arboretum where you can learn more about West Indian plants and fruits. Beautiful beaches can be found all over Guadeloupe, and Goyave is no exception to the rule: here, it’s Sainte-Claire and its gray sand that are favored by locals and travelers alike.

9. Port-Louis

Port Louis

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The small fishing village of Port-Louis is famous for its Plage du Souffleur. Like many other communes, its charm also lies in its Creole architecture. This former sugar-mill town has preserved some interesting relics, such as the Godet dwelling.

Its windmills were used to crush sugar cane in the days of slavery. Just outside Port-Louis, the Pointe de la Grande Vigie – Guadeloupe’s northernmost point – offers breathtaking views of the ocean and neighboring islands.

10. Boiling

Bouillante

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Founded in the 17th century, Bouillante is one of the oldest villages in Guadeloupe. Its name comes from the many hot springs in the region, such as the Bains Thomas. This natural bath has long been a magnet for Guadeloupeans, who treat themselves in contact with the hot, sulfurous water.

But be sure to ask before you go, as the site is sometimes closed to the public. Another point of interest in Bouillante, Malendure beach, will appeal to water sports enthusiasts. All black sand, it is famous for its diving trips to the Jacques Cousteau reserve. Snorkeling, glass-bottom boats and kayaking complete the range of activities on offer.

If you’re traveling with children, take them to Parc des Mamelles. This zoo is populated by species native to the Caribbean: spider monkeys, iguanas, ocelots, colorful parrots… Finally, end your visit to Bouillante with the Mémorial de la liberté. This site bears witness to slavery, deeply rooted in the history of the French West Indies.

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