Heading back to Pointe-à-Pitre through the region’s western coast
bordered with the Caribbean Sea, you will visit the least
spectacular part of Grande-Terre. Nonetheless, it is the island’s
most natural region. With welcoming beaches, there is plenty of
space to anchor your luxury charter yacht. Evergreen mangroves with
numerous tropical bird species distinguish this spectacular untamed
and secluded part of Guadeloupe. Anse-Bartrand,
Port-Louis and Vieux-Bourg are definitely worth a detour. Known in
the past for its sugarcane plantations, this region is now devoted
to market as well as fruit gardening.
This pleasant town of only 5 000 inhabitants boasts an ancient
feature, quite rare in modern times: cattle-pulled carts. And
although mechanization reached Guadeloupe, this
village still remembers its rich agricultural past when elegant
women, clothed in crispy white lacy dresses, left their plantations
in such carts on Sunday to attend Mass in the local church. Yoking
has since been an important part of local folklore with many
choosing it, until this day, as a means of transport.
Anse-Betrand is the last settlement of the Caribs,
indigenous peoples of the region before the arrival of colonizers
and their taking possession of the land. Ruins of many mills
witnessed the colonizers’ pride and glory; ruins that are now
slowly being forgotten. Although the island is now slowly opening
to tourism, there is plenty of space for local colors to play their
part. Tranquil beaches and the village’s history will make of your
vacation a trip to the ultimate terrestrial paradise.
This village does not stray from the natural landscapes of the
butterfly island. Port-Louis is a modest village well-known for its
beach, that of le Souffleur (or the Blower) creating fabulous
opportunities for perfect snapshots of this unique rock feature. A
must-see site in this quaint village is the church with a bell.
Right beside the temple is a seaside cemetery with tombs nestled in
rocks and shells. You cannot miss out on the amazing views during
charter vacation with Sunreef Yachts Charter.
The south of Guadeloupe rests untamed. The region
of Basse-Terre is only a bridge away from Pointe-à-Pitre, just a
short stroll over the Salée river is what separates you from the
other wing of “the butterfly”. The air tells the story of this
land’s birth form fire and wind, from chaos, black bluffs and the
ocean’s whims. Basse-Terre is worth a visit if only for the
twisting seaside road unveiling unparalleled land and seascapes. So
come discover the unheard-of story of this island, that of villages
living by the rhythm of fishing at sunrise and baths at sunset.
Just head south in the direction of Petit-Bourg and let local
colors captivate your heart and mind.
The quaint village of Petit-Bourg is located across from
Pointe-à-Pitre and offers a spectacular panoramic view on the
capital. Many islets are scattered around the bay separating the
two villages, Petit-Cul-De-Sac-Marin. White pristine sands of the
beach will guide you to Montebello. Visit the floral park of
Vallombreuse where carefully labeled wild flora are just a sample
of the plants and flowers seen across the island.
The park is also inhabited by many tropical bird species such as
turtledoves, hummingbirds and blackbirds to name a few.
Here you will enter the kingdom of bananas and plush flame trees
spruced up with rich vermilion flowers, a true delight for the
senses. At the exit from the quaint village of Saint-Sauveur, a
road pushes its way into a plush forest leading to the Carbet
falls, only a picturesque hike away. Explore fords, suspension
bridges as well as passages embellished with verdant arborescent
ferns. Hiking in this region is all the more pleasurable as nature
never ceases to amaze visitors. The three successive waterfalls can
simply be described as streams of pure diamond and emerald. Dense
tropical flora serves as a backdrop to the soothing water racing
down from more than one hundred meters. The region’s beaches give
away the presence of the neighboring volcano, la Grande Soufrière
with their ink-black sands marked with lava ashes, a reason why
these shores are only visited by local fishermen. However, all
adventure enthusiasts can visitthese fabulous niches with Sunreef Yachts Charter.
This town is no contradiction to the island’s undeniable charm. The
main attraction of Trois-Rivières, a crystal-black beach and a
picturesque forest path are the town’s main attractions along with
a neighboring park exhibiting rocks engraved by the island’s first
inhabitants, impressive petroglyphs scattered across the dense
forest. Trois-Rivières is also one of the pontoons ideal for
boarding your luxury
charter mega yacht or luxury
charter catamaran to sail the open seas.
Crossing the commune of Gourbeyre demands a stop at the hot springs
in Dolé well-known for their therapeutic benefits. From there is
only a short way to Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe’s
administrative capital. The city cannot be compared to the bustling
Pointe-à-Pitre as it is definitely more tranquil with a smaller
population, comprised of officials in charge of this tropical
French department. Basse-Terre, although smaller, boasts all the
commodities of big cities including a cathedral, a market, a
shopping center and a quaint city center with Parisian-style
terraces and chic modern boutiques of the Champ-D’Arbaud street.
Basse-Terre also witnesses its ancient agricultural richness
through houses of black rock directing one’s eyes on la Grande
A tortuous road leads to Saint-Claude, a town being the volcano’s
gate. The heart of Guadeloupe beats on the
volcano’s sides, a fiery cone standing proudly 1467 meters above
sea level. Although presently asleep, locals still recall la Grande
Soufrière’s eruption in 1956 threatening Saint-Claude, a town
nestled-in halfway up the hill. No more than twenty years later the
volcano’s rumbles were cause of a prompt evacuation of the
inhabitants of Saint-Claude as well as some neighboring villages.
The lands have since been transformed into a vast natural park with
many marked out hiking trails, or traces, guiding through this
natural wonder. Although the volcano rests calm, its violent temper
is still predictable, witness of which is its last activity. The
peak is and will be untamed which is why sometimes it is better to
admire it from a distance than to confront it from up close.