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Close to paradise - Guadeloupe

If you are watching the BBC Series Death in Paradise you may actually be wondering where it is filmed. Saint Marie is a fictional island on the popular series however it is actually filmed on Guadeloupe.

This is a made up of a group of French speaking Caribbean islands. The main two islands are Basse-Terre and Grand-Terre which are often referred to as the Butterfly Islands due to their shape. Basse-Terre is where the filming takes place which is green with lush vegetation, mountainous with a sulphuric volcano. Whereas, Grand-Terre is flat and dry with a lot of beaches, some of them very touristic.

Getting around on the island is easy, either hire a car or use a local taxi driver who will also double up as your tour guide. The islands offer a wide variety of accommodation from Premium All Inclusive to Guest House.

Deshaies Town is a beautiful little town with a main road full of colourful shops and restaurants as well as a marina. La Pearle Beach is one of the most beautiful on the island, with its miles of unspoilt sand. A short drive from Deshaies is the Botanical Gardens which are perched on top of a waterfall and various paths take you past flamingo pools and tropical birds. The view from here is spectacular.

I would recommend you to take a trip over to the island of Petit-Terre which is uninhabited (except for the Iguanas) and unspoilt, from here you can swim with the turtles.

Saint Anne beach has a local market selling Guadeloupean specialities, from handmade straw hats and exotic spices to flavoured rums.

Take a glass bottom boat trip from Malendure beach around Jacques Consteau’s Underwater Reserve.

Cascade aux Ecrevisses is a hidden waterfall in the jungle which is perfect for an afternoon dip.

Whether you are looking for quaint villages, complete relaxation for an exhilarating adventure in the rainforest, the varied landscape with volcanic peaks, beautiful coastline and friendly atmosphere will be memorable.

Sharon May

Feb 02 2016
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