Pointe à Pitre

A handful of bustling markets
The Guadeloupe National Park 
The Musée du Rhum in Sainte-Rose

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Pointe à Pitre

The notes and scents of the island

One of the memories that many visitors to Guadeloupe in Pointe-à-Pitre retain is the flavours and sounds of its many small markets. For example, the Central Market, also called the Saint Antoine Market, located on a square of the same name in full city centre; the Flower Market on Gourbeyre Square, in front of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul; and the Keruland Port Market on the Caribbean Sea, right in front of your MSC cruise ship.
A visit to the Guadeloupe National Park, designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, will also leave a mark. Located in the south of Basse-Terre, the park holds one of the most beautiful woods in the Antilles, which can be reached by following the Route de l’Habituée, which cuts the park in two.

Next, tackle an excursion to the Soufrière Volcano and to the three waterfalls of Carbet nearby. The second waterfall is the most accessible. One hundred and ten meters in height, it can be admired from a suspended bridge. If you are interested in Basse-Terre archaeological sites, visit the Roches Gravées (Engraved Rocks) located in Trois-Rivières, in the southern part of the island; or those in Plessis in the north. Or grant yourself an excursion to the Désirade geological reserve. French relics can be admired at Fort Delgres, built in 1650 to defend Guadeloupe from the British.

Passengers of an MSC cruise will also be able to admire the Domaine de Valombreuse Botanical Garden. Inserted between the mountains and the sea, it is a riot of tropical plants and flowers, which only a few other gardens in the world can equal. To get a full taste of the spirit of the island, make sure to visit the Musée du Rhum in Sainte-Rose during your stay. Housed in the Reimonenq Distillery, it reveals the techniques and secrets of the making of rum. You can view a series of historical tools used for cutting, working and transforming sugar cane into rum, as well as old incisions, objects and documents.

Must see places in Pointe a Pitre

  • Carbet Waterfalls

    Carbet Waterfalls

  • Domaine de Valombreuse botanical garden

    Domaine de Valombreuse botanical garden

  • Pointe des Châteaux

    Pointe des Châteaux

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  • EXCLUSIVE ECO MINI-BOAT SNORKEL

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    GUA12

    You will reach by bus the small port of St. Rose in front of the natural reserve of Grand Cul de Sac Marin, part of the Guadeloupe National Park. Here, you will meet your guides and in small groups of 4 guests you will board and drive your own mini-boat and start your exploration. You will explore the mangrove eco-system with its birds, crabs, starfish and multi-coloured sponges. Enter the mangrove forest along the tropical river and learn about the red mangrove trees. You will continue your experience in the lagoon and you will stop on another small island "l'Ilet Blanc", so named because of its white sand. Put on your mask and flippers and have fun swimming in the beautiful crystal water or just relax on the white sand. You will enjoy a refreshing fruit juice or rum punch before heading back to the port and take your minibus to Pointe-à-Pitre. Please note: the minimum age to participate is 5 years, while the maximum age is 75 years, maximum weight is 115 kg. Guests must be in good physical condition and able to enter/exit a bus and board the mini-boats. In order to enter or exit the water for the snorkelling portion of the tour guests will have to climb a ladder from the boat. This tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from seasickness, pregnant women and guests with mobility problems. We recommend you to wear swimwear under clothing, to bring a towel and sunscreen. Guests must be able to swim. Snorkelling equipment is included, the visibility and sighting of marine life during snorkelling cannot be guaranteed.
    • Drink included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$122.00Price per person

    • Children$89.00Price per person

  • PASSIONATE SEALIFE AND SNORKELING

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    GUA17

    A modern motor boat will pick you up directly at the Cruise ship pier. Through the Rivière Salée (Salt River) and the mangrove eco-system you will reach the Grand-Cul-de-Sac-Marin, part of the National Park of Guadeloupe. Your guide instructor will accompany you snorkeling at the coral reef and will show you the sea-life of this extraordinary environment, world biological reserve of the UNESCO. The second part of the tour has as scenery the near and enchanting sandy island where you will enjoy the beautiful beach with your complimentary drink. The way back to the port is as well an instructive and surprising boat trip through the natural and breathtaking landscapes of Guadeloupe. Please note: Children minimum age: 4. Guests should be able to swim. Snorkeling material is included and available in the motorboat for all guests.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$115.00Price per person

    • Children$85.00Price per person

  • A GLIMPSE OF GUADELOUPE

    CITY TOUR

    GUA08

    This classical visit will give you the opportunity to discover the lush volcanic island of Basse-Terre where you will be taken on picturesque roads bordered by luxuriant vegetation and nature tropical landscapes. First you will cross the national park of Guadeloupe with its dense tropical forest, and enjoying the refreshing Cascade aux Écrevisses. Afterwards the Domaine de Valombreuse botanical garden will captivate you with its exceptional richness: here you will enjoy the primary forest nearby orchids and cacao trees, the palm grove and spectacular exotic plants. Through sugarcane plantations, you will then visit a genuine colonial property and the estate where you will be able to taste one of the Caribbean's best “rum agricole”. Please note: This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 5pm. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code GUA08 if you will be in transit in Pointe a Pitre or code GUA08D if you will be disembarking in Pointe a Pitre.
    • Drink included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • A Glimpse of Guadeloupe for Disembarking Guests

    CITY TOUR

    GUA08D

    This classical visit will give you the opportunity to discover the lush volcanic island of Basse-Terre where you will be taken on picturesque roads bordered by luxuriant vegetation and nature tropical landscapes. First you will cross the national park of Guadeloupe with its dense tropical forest, and enjoying the refreshing Cascade aux Écrevisses. Afterwards the Domaine de Valombreuse botanical garden will captivate you with its exceptional richness: here you will enjoy the primary forest nearby orchids and cacao trees, the palm grove and spectacular exotic plants. Through sugarcane plantations, you will then visit a genuine colonial property and the estate where you will be able to taste one of the Caribbean's best "rum agricole". Notes: This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 5pm. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code GUA08 if you will be in transit in Pointe a Pitre or code GUA08D if you will be disembarking in Pointe a Pitre.
    • Drink included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • GUADELOUPE HIGHLIGHTS

    CITY TOUR

    GUA19

    This tour of Grande-Terre island begins with a short drive to one of Guadeloupe’s key historical monuments, the mid-18th-century Fort Fleur d’épée. Situated high above the coastal town of Le Gosier on the southern shores of Grand-Terre, the fortress once played a critical role in the Seven Years’ War between France and Great Britain, but is now used to host temporary art exhibitions. Moving on, you’ll then stop in Le Gosier itself for lovely views of one of Guadeloupe’s most popular snapshot scenes: the Îlet du Gosier. Located just a stone’s throw out to sea, this tiny coral isle is home to swaying palm trees and a pretty lighthouse. Leaving Le Gosier, you will reach Sainte Anne for a pleasant stop at the Village Artisanal on the sea front. You’ll then make your way along the South Riviera to the Source de Poucet. Here you will discover, with a short walk, the luxuriant tropical vegetation in an enchanting place for nature lovers before heading back to the ship.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$42.00Price per person

    • BOTANICAL GARDENS & BEACH

      NATURAL WONDERS

      GUA16

      On the road to the fishing village of Deshaies, the tour leaves from the port of Pointe à Pitre and ventures into the very fertile northern part of the Island of Basse-Terre. During this commented ride on the picturesque roads snaking through sugar cane plantations you will stop to admire the beach of Grande Anse and make a nice photo stop before to visit the best Botanical Garden in the Caribbean: le Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. Here you will find without doubt the most various and beautiful flower’s and plant’s species in all the Caribbean: it is the right place for nature lovers. Look at the flamingos in the pond, the bougainvillea’s alley, the orchids, the cactus gardens and the aviary among the several attractions. A short drive and you will reach a pleasant seafront resort for an hour of idleness and relaxation. Your sun bed awaits you on the wonderful caramel tinted sand. A complimentary drink will be served at the beach bar allowing you to further enjoy the outing before heading back to the ship. Please note: Guests are recommended to wear light clothing, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, hat, and flat comfortable shoes.
      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$95.00Price per person

      • Children$72.00Price per person

    • SCENIC DRIVE AND WALK TO CARBET WATERFALLLS

      NATURAL WONDERS

      GUA11

      The southern end of Basse-Terre island is dominated by the La Grande Soufrière volcano, which rises to a majestic height of 1,647 m amid Guadeloupe’s lush green rainforest. It is also where you’ll find the gorgeous Carbet Waterfalls, the main highlight of this tour. After boarding a comfortable coach at the port of Pointe-à-Pitre, your journey to the famous falls – consisting of three separate cascades – will first take you through the Capesterre-Belle-Eau region to the island’s Hindu temple, a testament to Guadeloupe’s multi-ethnic society. A photo stop will be made at this colourfully decorated place of worship, following which the picturesque route continues right into the rainforest and to the 110-m mid-level fall. An exhilarating walk will then take you to the viewing platform, which affords truly breathtaking views of the cascade as it gushes through the dense vegetation. The sun glinting on the sparkling water coming over the mountainside is a perfect photo moment, so do remember to bring your camera. Your tour then draws to a leisurely close with your scenic journey back to your ship. Please note: for reasons of safety, direct access to the falls and the pool has been prohibited, by order of the National Park Authorities, since 2004. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Accessing the viewing platform involves going up/down approx. 400 steps.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$75.00Price per person

        • Children$55.00Price per person

      • PANORAMIC TOUR TO THE POINTE DES CHATEAUX

        SCENIC ROUTE

        GUA20

        Leave the ship and treat yourself to a tour of panoramic views to one of the island’s most popular destinations: the Pointe des Châteaux, or castle point, located at the island’s easternmost tip. A scenic drive along the southern coastline will see you reach St. Anne, a fishing village noted for its lovely seafront promenade and local handcraft products. You’ll then head east along the coastal road to the Pointe des Châteaux, an incredible rock formation sculpted by the wind to resemble a castle’s crenellations. A walk will take you up to the highest spot, from where you’ll catch spectacular views of the neighbouring Caribbean islands – simply perfect for a photo or two. As the outing continues, you will stop for a refreshing drink before passing through a landscape of sugarcane plantations to reach Morne-à-L’Eau, a town curiously noted for its artistic cemetery, which represents the unique black-and-white architecture of the West Indies. A short drive will then take you from Morne-à-L’Eau back to your ship. Please note: the path up to Pointe des Châteaux involves going up/down approx. 400 steps. Guests are recommended to bring a bottle of water on the tour.
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults$52.00Price per person

          • Children$39.00Price per person

        • INTIMATE CATAMARAN TO GOSIER ISLET

          SEA & SUN

          GUA22

          Give yourself a chance to turn part-time discoverer on this entertaining outing that will first see you leave your ship and board a comfortable catamaran at the pier of Pointe-à-Pitre. You’ll then sail along the scenic south-eastern coast of Grand-Terre to the tiny Îlet du Gosier, which sits opposite Gosier town just out to sea. Since 2003, the uninhabited coral isle has been under the protection of the “Conservatoire du littoral”, a French coastal protection agency founded in 1975. Once the catamaran has dropped anchor, you can choose whether to swim the short distance or be taken to the islet by rigid inflatable boat. Apart from a lighthouse, the only man-made structure, the island is all about the powdery sand and the beautifully clear turquoise water. After you’ve had a chance to explore, sunbathe and swim, you’ll find cold drinks and exotic fruit waiting for you back on board the catamaran to enjoy on your return sail up to Pointe-à-Pitre. Please note: guests must be at least 4 years of age and no older than 80 years of age to take part. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult throughout the tour and be under their supervision at all times. Guests must be alert with no health issues such as sea sickness or back problems and have a good balance as there may be some swaying on the catamaran. A maximum weight restriction of 130 kg/286 lbs per guest applies. Guests are recommended to wear swimwear under comfortable clothing and high-factor sunscreen as well as to bring a hat.
          • Drink included

          • Possibility of swimming

          • Limited seats

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            3:30 h

          • Adults$79.00Price per person

          • Children$55.00Price per person

        The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
        Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

         

        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Guadeloupe

        Charming verdant bays
        Charming verdant bays

        Try a vacation in Guadeloupe for a taste of French Caribbean. The archipelago of Guadeloupe appears simply stunning to visitors arriving on a Cruise of the Caribbean. Its turquoise waters are the perfect setting for water sports. The large Grande Anse in Les Saintes is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

        You can reach the beaches by crossing fields dotted with ruins of ancient mills and reach splendid landscapes like Pointe Vigie, where the waters drop down 84 metres into the Atlantic Ocean. And with a tour to Port d’Enfer, 25 km from Le Moule, you can admire the small lagoon created by ocean and engulfed by rocks and meadows. If you want to see the pink sand beaches or the volcanic sands, you should go to Basse Terre, if instead you’re looking for wild nature, you should go to Désirade, the island shaped like a cigar.

        Don’t miss the excursion to Marie Galante, where you find the most beautiful beaches. And you must try the local cuisine: Caribbean and African ingredients, with spices from the most distant lands. Amongst the recommended foods are: Désirade cashew nut preserve; the Tourments d’Amour, sweets made in Les Saintes (the archipelago within the archipelago) with coconut jam, puff pastry, cane sugar, flower, custard (optional) and eggs; or a refreshing coconut sorbet.

         
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