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Basse-Terre: volcanic black sand beaches


The left wing of the butterfly, Basse-Terre, between sea and mountains, is lush with vegetation. It is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers.

This volcanic island, which is partly classified as a reserve, is home to the Guadeloupe National Park. Its rainforest, volcano, mountains, waterfalls, and wild shores are the work of a capricious and radiant nature, as evidenced by its black, brown, or tan sand beaches the colour being due to the activity of the volcano on the island.

The most famous of all is Grande Anse Trois-Rivières, with its long shore laid out at the foot of the verdant mountain and one of the best spots to watch the sunset. The same tones can be seenat Banana Beach, with its black sand and coconut trees, and at Anse in la Barque, while the sand is grey on Roseau Beach, in Sainte-Marie. Its calm and peaceful waters attract families, who find the place ideal for young children.

The west coast, facing the Caribbean Sea, offers lighter shades, like those on Malendure Beach in the village of Bouillante. Although they are all different, these beaches show some common features, including a water temperature above 25 ºC, so swimming is always a pleasure.

Trois-Rivières Tourism Office
Le Bourg
3, rue Gerville Réache
97114 Trois-Rivières

+590 (0)5 90 92 77 01

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