Basse-Terre, derived its name from the mariner’s tradition of naming their landings according to the winds.Basse-Terre translated wronghly into, “Low ground,” was downwind at the time. An irony of it's name is that Terre-Basse, is the region which hosts the volcano La Soufrire, a full 1467 metres high, and an elevated area of approximately 850 kmq, a region almost completely covered by forest.The area is also a starting point for many a forest trail.Not far from the Maison de la Foret the creek at Bras-David is an ideal location to take a dip and freshen up after a few hours driving.Travelling across the countryside dotted with ruined wind mills you will reach the north coast.The coastline runs from a height of 84 metres at Pointe Vigie, falling to the Atlantic Ocean. from Le Moule, is another incredible landscape, a tongue of ocean reaches inland to create a lagoon with a coastline of rocks and grass.A needed rest before scaling up the west coast, which will take you up to Morne Louis, where you can enjoy the view down over Basse Terre.
All sites are characterised by spectacular sea beds, rich with life and offer experiences that are beyond special.
Once, almost completely dedicated to the cultivation of sugar cane, is now home to the principal tourist industries, thanks to its white sandy beaches and dry climate.
Gosier, where the largest proportion of the islands’ hotels are located, Sainte Anne, a small borough famous for its beaches, and Saint Franois, one of the most important tourism hubs in Guadeloupe, represent the areas most developed touristic areas.
The coast of La Moule is reknowned amongst the international surfing community international level.
Continuing south you will get to Pointe des Chateaux a few more bends and you’ll find the long beaches of Grande Anse des Salines, ideal for bathing.