Destination guide

Sea, sand, and smiles on this forested isle

Basse-Terre won big in the natural beauty stakes, even by Caribbean standards. The western wing of Guadeloupe's butterfly-shaped main island, it's jam-packed with a variety of landscapes that make walkers weep: soaring peaks, rocky mountain paths, dense forest, and lush banana plantations. In fact, the entire center of Basse-Terre is covered in thick rainforest, making up the dramatic Parc National de la Guadeloupe. But this doesn't mean you have to miss out when it comes to beaches. There are some gorgeous stretches of sand here, as well as luminous Pigeon Island, one of the Caribbean's top dive sites.

Activities

Thrills and spills above and below the water

Sun worshippers come here for the secluded bays and sandy shores, while active types looking for an outdoorsy thrill can find awe-inspiring scenery and challenging hiking trails. Meanwhile, divers can make their way to Pigeon Island, whose waters are protected as an underwater park. The diving here is fantastic, with huge schools of fish and healthy colorful reefs that are shallow enough for you to get out that snorkel. Looking for some nighttime action? Head out and savor aromatic Creole cuisine at a local restaurant or enjoy a night of zouk (African-influenced Caribbean music) at a bar.

Weather

Come for sunny highs, take a pass on stormy skies

The best time to visit Guadeloupe is from December to May, when it's warm and dry and the water is clear for diving and snorkeling. However, December is busy, and your Basse-Terre vacation rental will be at peak rates. July to November is the wettest period, with high humidity and a risk of hurricanes from August through September. What's more, August coincides with the French school vacation and brings with it higher prices and bigger crowds. If you don't mind a spot of rain, October and November, toward the end of the wet season, are a good bet. The weather is improving, and you'll find reduced prices and fewer travelers.

Natural features

A beguiling mix of forest, mountains, and beach

Guadeloupe's mainland is made up of 2 distinct islands: Basse-Terre, which is also the name of the region's capital city, and Grande-Terre, home to the majority of high-end resorts. Together they create the shape of a lopsided butterfly, with Basse-Terre occupying the western wing. There's also a cluster of surrounding islands, including Marie-Galante, La Desirade, and Les Saintes. Basse-Terre itself has a forested interior capped off by the dramatic La Soufriere volcano, and your Basse-Terre vacation rental will offer excellent access to the island's sparkling beaches and calm, clear blue waters.

Transport

Transportation options to and around Basse-Terre

Fly into Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP-Pointe-a-Pitre Intl.), the closest airport, located 23 mi (37 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Basse Terre?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,875 vacation rentals near Basse Terre. From 381 Bungalows to 389 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Basse Terre for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Basse Terre?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Basse Terre. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Deshaies: 743 vacation rentals
  • Guadeloupe National Park: 1,737 vacation rentals
  • Grande Anse Beach: 1,131 vacation rentals
  • Caribbean Cove Beach: 1,421 vacation rentals
  • Petit Bourg: 1,381 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Basse Terre! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Basse Terre?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Basse Terre:

  • Deshaies: 743 rentals
  • Petit Bourg: 1,381 rentals
  • Bouillante: 777 rentals
  • Pointe Noire: 942 rentals
  • Baie Mahault: 1,229 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Basse Terre?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Basse Terre. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Guadeloupe National Park: 1,737 rentals
  • Grande Anse Beach: 1,131 rentals
  • Caribbean Cove Beach: 1,421 rentals
  • Plage de la Malendure: 1,436 rentals
  • Leroux Beach: 1,172 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Basse Terre listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.