Basse-Terre Island is the west part of the biggest and butterfly-shaped island in Guadeloupe Archipelago; it is composed of 16 townships.
The southern portion of Basse-Terre Island includes the capital city of Guadeloupe Archipelago and one of these characteristics is that it’s also called Basse-Terre.
Most of administrative offices are located in Basse-Terre Island including:
- The prefecture
- The regional council
- The general council
- The law court
The specificity and diversity of Basse-Terre Island is mainly based on a mountainous relief and a rainy weather. This volcanic island is dominated by the Soufrière volcano also called the “tall lady” which is the highest mountain peak in the Lesser Antilles. The mountain range is sheltered in 17,000 ha of tropical forests which has been declared National park of Guadeloupe since 1989. The tropical forest has an exuberant flora, luxuriant vegetation with more than 3000 trees species as well as a rich fauna.
The west coast of Basse-Terre Island called Leeward Coast has drier climate and vegetation but you can discover beautiful beaches adorned with gold, white, brown and black powdery sand.
With its waterfalls, basins, parks, and lush vegetation, Basse-Terre Island is a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Here are some unforgettable places not to be missed when visiting the Island:
- Les chutes du Carbet amazing waterfalls in Capesterre-Belle-Eau
- Les roches gravées an archeological park in Trois-Rivières
- Dolé warm water pools in Gourbeyre
- La Soufrière the volcano in Saint-Claude
- Bologne the rum distillery in Basse-Terre
- La Grivelière the coffee and cocoa plantation in Vieux-Habitants
- La Réserve Cousteau an internationally renowned and protected underwater park in Bouillante
- La Cascade aux Écrevisses a beautiful waterfall along the Route de la Traversée between Pointe-Noire and Petit-Bourg
- La Perle beach a stunning long beach with fine yellow sand in Deshaies