Guadeloupe is a region of France located in the Leeward Island in the Caribbean. The island covers an area of 629 square miles and has a population of slightly over 400,000 people according to the 2015 census. Guadeloupe is comprised of two islands; Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre separated by a narrow strait crossed by a bridge. The island is characterized by a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. Although Guadeloupe may be off the beaten path for many travelers, there are sights in the French Island that make it worth visiting.
The Wonders of Guadeloupe
The city of Sainte-Anne is located in the Southern part of the Grande-Terre. The city of Sainte-Anne is composed of a town surrounded by many hamlets and localities. It is considered a major tourist town in Guadeloupe and owes its name to Anne of Austria. It is home to many fisheries but depends mainly on Agriculture, particularly sugarcane and food crops. The Museum Lethiere is a cultural heritage and a major tourist attraction on the on the island of Guadeloupe. The beaches of Sainte-Anne offers perfect holiday destination for tourists from Europe and South America. The coral reefs along the beaches offer calm water which is ideal for swimming.
The Plage Caravelle is located on the South West edge of the island. It is not just a natural attraction but also one of the quietest beaches in Guadeloupe that offers relaxation to tourists visiting the island. Plage Caravelle has sensational sands and encompasses the elements of the gorgeous tropical beach. The beach is located near many attractions including Musee du Costume et tradition and historical attractions such as Fort Fleur d’Epee museum. Restaurants and hotel around Plage Caravelle offer food and accommodation for tourists visiting the area. Snorkeling best explores the great corals and incredible sea life at Plage Caravelle.
Le Moule (Windmill)
Le Moule is one of the communes in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe located on the northeastern side of Grande-Terre. There are several windmills in the several sugarcane fields that were used for grinding sugar cane before the invention of the steam machines. Some of the windmills are still well maintained while the majority of mills have been left abandoned. Some of the windmills date back to the 18th century when they were first used and bear the rich history of sugar cane farming in Le Moule.
Parc National de la Guadelope
The National Park of Guadeloupe covers an area of 173 square kilometers encompassing 10% of the total territory of Guadeloupe. It comprises of part of 11 communes including Saint-Claude, Baillif, Goyave, Lamentine, and Ponte-Noire among others. The national park is broadly divided into three ecosystems including tropical rainforest, coastal forest, and mangrove. The animal life in Parc National de la Guadelope is limited in diversity and population due to the past intensive hunting activities within the park. The park has 17 mammals, 33 birds, and plenty of insects. The major tourist attraction within the park includes Carbet falls, hiking trails, and La Soufriere.
Tourism in Guadeloupe
Tourism is a key industry in Guadeloupe because of its contribution to the growth of island’s GDP. Parc National de la Guadelope is the most frequented place of the seven wonders of Guadeloupe because of the great diversity it offers to the tourists. The sandy beaches along the coastline of Guadeloupe offer the perfect destination for beach lovers. About 83% of tourists visiting Guadeloupe are drawn from the metropolitan France with 10% coming from the rest of Europe.