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Grande-Terre makes up the right wing of Guadeloupe's main island. It features breathtaking beaches, turquoise lagoons and dizzyingly high cliffs. A large portion of the north of Grande-Terre is covered with sugar cane. This pristine, agricultural region differs from the rest of Grande-Terre. The reputation of its rum has been firmly established and you'll enjoy visiting the Damoiseau distillery in the Moule region.
Grande-Terre is also considered Guadeloupe's liveliest region. The coast is lined with resorts with many restaurants, hotels, night clubs where you can dance to the famous West Indian zouk. The marinas of Gosier and Saint-François are two celebrated places in Grande-Terre for cocktails, dining and shopping.
The north of Grande-Terre, while often off the beaten path for most tourists, is teeming with breathtaking landscape. There are many sightseeing spots to choose from—dizzyingly high cliffs, breathtaking lookouts, hidden beaches and small villages featuring colorful Creole-style dwellings. The Pointe de la Vigie provides extraordinary vistas and Porte d'Enfer is a must-see destination in Guadeloupe. The pristine and authentic beaches in the north, such as the Plage de la Chapelle in Anse Bertrand or Plage du Souffleur in Port-Louis, will take your breath away.
The extreme eastern portion of Grande-Terre, especially including Pointe des Châteaux,should not be overlooked during your stay. The coast is dotted with beaches and lined with translucent waters. Authentic and pristine, sampling the island's best coconut sorbet chez Mme Jeannette is a must.
Lastly, Saint-François, Sainte-Anne and Le Gosier are three towns in Grande-Terre which provide a number of attractions and tourist activities which include jet skiing, kitesurfing, an 18-hole golf course and a casino. A number of jumping-off points for excursions to Petite-Terre, Marie-Galante, Ilet Gosier and La Désirade are also present. Their beaches are among the most beautiful in Guadeloupe. Be sure to visit Plage de la Datcha in Gosier, or the beaches in the Bourg and Caravelle in Sainte-Anne and Anse à la Gourde or Raisins Clairs in Saint-François.
In the evening, you'll enjoy strolling through the sunset markets of these three towns where stalls teem with local products, spices, etc.
Grande-Terre provides an opportunity to relax and disconnect. If you can't decide between the hustle and bustle and authenticity, choose a a combination stay on both Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. In this way, you'll feel like you've had a two-for-one holiday! In addition, plan a getaway to Les Saintes, Marie-Galante and La Désirade. As a result, you'll know all there is to know about the islands of Guadeloupe.