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“A little piece of the tropics in France” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Guadeloupe National Park

Guadeloupe National Park
Monteran, Basse-Terre 97120, Guadeloupe
0590415555
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Type: National Parks, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Plymouth
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“A little piece of the tropics in France”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The National Park in Basse-Terre is certainly one of the highlights in a visit to Guadeloupe. The island is a part of France being a Dom, departement outre-mer (overseas departement) and has all the vestiges of France that you would expect to find on the European mainland plus a rainforest which is a protected National Park!
This park is not large but what it lacks in size it makes up in variety. the best way to experience this park is to walk some of the many walking trails, but most of them require good suitable footwear,water and proper preparation. Walking these trails will give you a true picture of this small but varied National Park. You will pass all manner of vegetation, lianas abound together with various types of epiphytes
An exception to the requirements for good footwear etc. is the walk to the Cascade aux Ecrevisses, the Crayfish waterfall. Here you have a wheel chair friendly paved path which gently takes you into the rainforest with informative information panels on the way (some in Brail). Its only a short walk but it is very informative and is ideal for those with mobility problems. At the end of the path way is a nice waterfall with a pool in which you can take a dip.

Visited January 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“rainforest basseterre island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Basse-terre is the mountainous part of Guadeloupe and is comparable to Dominica:volcanic mountains covered with rainforest.
The streams with large boulders invite swimmers and there are many Heliciconia and Philodendron plants.
Very few mammals:therefore the raccoon is the park,s emblem.
At the grande anse beach in the n-w there is golden sand, nearby the bbc detective muder in paradise was filmed(deshaies village)
As I have been to Martinique as well I found the forest in Guadeloupe larger but those of Martinique easier to reach because the forest are closer to resorts.

Grande-terre is the part of Guadeloupe were most of the resorts are.
Grande- terre is comparable to Barbados or Saint Martin:more beaches and hills and plains with sugarcane,more tourism on it,s southern shore were there is decent snorkeling.

Visited February 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Green, Green, Green!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A lot of "traces", as local people say, which are paths in the rain forest of the National Park. Just be careful of checking the weather before going for a track, as rain can come very quickly and you will feel as if going out of a shower. Nevertheless, a lifetime experience!

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great fantastic island to visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We are currently sailing and stopping to different countries trying to get to know peoples and there way of living , finding the little hidden paradise.
We first stopped here for 2 days in marina bas du fort and end-up staying almost 3 months, the island if full of very very nice place , hicking, climbing, walking, diving and the peoples are just great and while walking everyone say hello. We never felt threaten in anyway , it was very nice to be there.
The fruits and vegies were WOW Tomatoes tasting as when i was kid , unreal the amount and variety of it, supermarket have everything you need .
We visited the little ilans part of Guadeloupe , Les Saintes are our favorites , at anchor hiding from everyone you would think that you are alone but think again just 4 minutes by dingy you are in the little down town eating in a small Lolo ( lcal name for little restaurant ) you want to go diving , dive site near by so you can go diving on you own or with a local dive shop.
So for us we had a Fantastic time in Guadeloupe , and will be back.

Richard & Nancy on SailingDiver

Visited June 2013
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Bradenton, fl.
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“Rain forest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

If you get a chance to visit be sure to take in the Carbet falls. These magnificent falls will awe you. The volcanic location gives diverse flora as your altitude changes. You will see plants in the wild that are so beautiful, and Mohagany trees so straight and tall, you'll be blown away.

Visited November 2012
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