Travel Guide: The Windward Coast of Guadeloupe

The region of Guadeloupe on the eastern coast of the island is also known as the Windward Coast. Although there are no major sightseeing stops along the way between Pointe-a-Pitre and the town of Trois Rivieres, the scenery is such that it will captivate your attention. This is the greenest part of the island and combined with the ocean views from the coastal road, you will be fascinated by the beauty.

The small town of Trois Rivieres boasts pre-Columbian petroglyphs carved into the rocked by the Arawak Indians. They are named Carved Rocks and are located within the Archaeological Park. Here you will see carvings of animals and humans that give a brief glimpse into the way of life of this prehistoric people. You can also see specimens of plants that the people cultivated as part of their daily life and to provide them with food. These include cocoa, bananas and pimentos. This park is open every day from 8:30 to 5 and children under 12 are admitted free of charge.

The village of Bananier is only 15 minutes from Trois Rivieres. Here you will find the famous trio of waterfalls named Les Chautes du Carbet. The waterfalls, which are the tallest in the Caribbean, are a spectacular sight all year long. To reach two of the waterfalls, though, you will have to travel on a very narrow and winding mountain road, but along the way you will pass through fields of bananas. This is the perfect opportunity to experience a tropical forest.

If you prefer to see the falls on foot, there are hiking trails in the village of Habituee. The walk takes about 30 minutes to complete and the trail is well marked. Bring some food and drink with you and have a picnic area at the foot of the falls. Depending on your physical condition, you might want to take a more challenging route. There is a signposted trail to the falls as well that takes you along a steep and slippery climb that takes about three hours to complete from start to finish.

Travel through the small town of Capesterre enroute to Ste. Marie. There is a statue of Christopher Columbus in the main square from which you have an astounding view. You can imagine what it must have been like for this explorer when he surveyed the scene before him in 1493.

The road along the Windward Coast of Guadeloupe winds its way through Goyave, Petit-Bourg and finally brings you back to Pointe-a-Pitre. This is an exhilarating day trip that will surely take you off the beaten path on Guadeloupe.

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