Pointe à Pitre Cruises

Guadeloupe National Park/Waterfalls
Valombreuse Botanical Garden
Pointe des Châteaux 

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Pointe à Pitre

Nature’s majesty, botanical gardens, uninhabited islets

When you arrive on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, you will discover a French gem in the Southern Caribbean, or as native islanders called it, “Karukera,” the “island of beautiful waters.” Guadeloupe’s Creole culture and cuisine are a melange of many influences, including French, African, Indian and East Asian.
 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• Guadeloupe National Park/Waterfalls
• Valombreuse Botanical Garden
• Pointe des Châteaux 
 
Take a scenic MSC excursion to the Guadeloupe National Park, designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Located in the south of Basse-Terre, the park has one of the most beautiful forests in the Caribbean and the highest peak on the island, the Soufrière volcano. Make your way to the three gorgeous waterfalls of Carbet on the lower slopes of La Soufrière. The second waterfall, about 360 feet in height, can be admired from a suspended bridge. Beautiful as they are, the waterfalls are among the most visited sites on Guadeloupe.
 
The Valombreuse botanical garden is a must-see for those who love gardens, and with 500 species in its collection, not many other gardens in the world can claim to be its equal. Tucked in between the mountains and the sea, it is a riot of tropical plants and flowers and home to many birds, including flower-loving hummingbirds and peacocks. 
 
Head along the southern coast of Grande Terre on a sightseeing MSC excursion to St. Anne, a lovely fishing village with seafront promenade, then continue to visit the much-photographed Pointe des Châteaux, an incredible rock formation sculpted by the wind, followed by a stop in Morne-à-L’Eau, a town noted for its artistic cemetery with black-and-white checkerboard tombs.
You can also slip away on a catamaran on another excursion from Pointe-à-Pitre to the uninhabited islet of Gosier, a tiny gem calling out to you with its lush foliage, white sandy shores, a charming diminutive lighthouse and the intense blue of the sea.

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    Guadeloupe

    Charming verdant bays
    Charming verdant bays

    Try a vacation in Guadeloupe for a taste of French Caribbean. The archipelago of Guadeloupe appears simply stunning to visitors arriving on a Cruise of the Caribbean. Its turquoise waters are the perfect setting for water sports. The large Grande Anse in Les Saintes is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

    You can reach the beaches by crossing fields dotted with ruins of ancient mills and reach splendid landscapes like Pointe Vigie, where the waters drop down 84 metres into the Atlantic Ocean. And with a tour to Port d’Enfer, 25 km from Le Moule, you can admire the small lagoon created by ocean and engulfed by rocks and meadows. If you want to see the pink sand beaches or the volcanic sands, you should go to Basse Terre, if instead you’re looking for wild nature, you should go to Désirade, the island shaped like a cigar.

    Don’t miss the excursion to Marie Galante, where you find the most beautiful beaches. And you must try the local cuisine: Caribbean and African ingredients, with spices from the most distant lands. Amongst the recommended foods are: Désirade cashew nut preserve; the Tourments d’Amour, sweets made in Les Saintes (the archipelago within the archipelago) with coconut jam, puff pastry, cane sugar, flower, custard (optional) and eggs; or a refreshing coconut sorbet.