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Best Hiking Trails in Guadeloupe

Overview

This French Overseas Territory consists of two main islands, Basse-Terre & Grand-Terre, separated by a narrow river, along with a few smaller islands.  Guadeloupe is one of the French Antilles islands, also known as Leeward Islands.  There is mountain hiking on the island of Basse-Terre, where Guadeloupe National Park (Parc National de la Guadeloupe) covers a lot of the island and offers up beautiful trails to explore. There are over 200 miles of hiking trails in Guadeloupe including up to the highest peak, La Soufriere

Capital: Pointe-à-Pitre

When To Hike in Guadeloupe?

Dec – Apr: Driest period
May – July: Rainier but little hurricane risk
Aug – Nov: Rainier, hurricane risk for some of those months

Climate: Tropical – hot and humid throughout the year; equatorial on the mountainous interior of Basse-Terre (more humid and rainy than the rest of the island).  Hurricane risk is technically June – Nov but usually occur in Aug/Sept.

 

Guadeloupe Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Medium: there’s a good website for looking up hikes, but probably need to use a guide

Transportation Required: Car; public transit to some trails

Where to stay in Guadeloupe:

  • Basse-Terre (the city)
  • Pointe-Noire
  • Deshaies
  • Sainte-Claude

Most popular hikes in Guadeloupe

The larger island, Basse-Terre, is where you’ll find mountain hiking, especially in Guadeloupe National Park. La Soufrière (1467 m), an active volcano, is the highest peak.

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Guadeloupe National Park

  • On the larger island of Basse-Terre that is mostly mountainous, and the main area for hiking
  • Parc National de la Guadeloupe – home of La Soufrière, 300 km of hiking trails – Guadeloupe National Park
    • Pick up a “Guide to the National Park” from the Guadeloupe Tourism Office in St. Claude in Basse-Terre
    • Quite muddy trails due to high rainfall

Long Distance Trails of Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Guadeloupe Hiking Books: 

  • Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands, by Paul Clammer, Marc Di Duca, Alex Egerton, Sarah Gilbert, et al, 2021, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/4ciFBPU

 

Guadeloupe Hiking Associations/Clubs: 

 

Best Hiking Trails in Guadeloupe:

  • La Soufrière – volcano, tallest peak on island
  • Carbet Falls
  • Gros Morne
  • Moreau Falls
  • Galleon/Armistice Loop
  • Happy Head/Sofaïa Buckle
  • Piton Baille-Argent

Easy Hiking Trails in Guadeloupe:

  • Mamelle de Pigeoon
  • Cascade Paradis
  • Maison de la Forêt
  • Pointe du Souffleur
  • Blue Basin

 

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What Else To Do

  • Water sports (scuba diving, snorkeling) – Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve is one of the best in the world
  • Beaches
  • Zoo
  • Chocolate, rum, coffee

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