La Porte d’Enfer
This beach is a site worth visiting. Under that mysterious name is hidden a stupendous view of rocky bluffs and picturesque niches paved with immaculate white sand and lazy blue waters ideal for tranquil baths. A shorefront road leads along the coast and knocks on heaven’s door, this is the place where land meets water, a raging burst of fresh white foam. The Atlantic Ocean is vigorously battling against rocks forcing this stupendous landscape to settle on the coast. Legend has it that when approaching one the gorges in full moon, one can hear chants of Madame Coco who has been strolling her way, through ages, above torrents regardless of dangers, with a parasol in her hand. Mooring your luxury charter catamaran here can be rather deceiving, nonetheless a charming hike awaits you.
Le Moule probably derived from Môle, the eastern coast’s capital city, or that which faces the Atlantic. This ancient sugar port is quite a big municipality of more than 20 000 inhabitants, a place ornamented with ancient Creole houses and a striking ambiance. A charter with Sunreef Yachts Charter enables guests to visit remarkable sites. With many bars serving the ultimate Caribbean alcoholic beverage, rum, Le Moule is a vibrant village where fishermen meet with employees of sugar mills to spend their evenings in friendly company. Locals gossip and chatter about recent soccer matches and fishing. The ambiance is convivial, carefree and inviting so join the warmhearted locals during your luxury charter vacation.
Edgar-Clerc Museum of Archeology and Bellevue Distillery
Edgar-Clerc, after whom the museum was named, was a notable historian, scientist, researcher and father of pre-Columbian archeology in Guadeloupe. Since about ten years this museum traces the history if Amerindians, Arawaks and Caribs who inhabited this island long before the arrival of first settlers. Ceramics and rock utensils, some 1000 artifacts, constitute the exhibition that is constantly being enlarged thanks to ongoing excavations.
The Bellevue Distillery rests in production up to this day and welcomes visitors to explain the transformation of cane sugar to the alcoholic beverage in 55°C. Sampling of this royal beverage concludes the visit in this museum. You may, of course, purchase some bottles if you wish your charter crew to prepare some delicious evening cocktails for you.
In the heart of the island
Inland is a picturesque road crossing vast sugar plantations that knew their glory for more than two centuries until sugar beets, artificial sugar and even strong cyclones forced a change. Despite everything, there are still quaint bourgeois mansions and picturesque villages that once witnessed local glorious art of living. Today only the grand factory of Gardel, overlooking Le Moule, maintains the tradition while many smaller warehouses were forced to cease their activity. Gardel occupies a vast territory and processes most sugarcanes of the region, some 500 000 tons so get ready for a holiday as sweet as coconut milk! Le Moule is an exact geographical opposite of Pointe-à-Pitre. Although geographically close, with only 26 kilometers separating them, these two sites are complete strangers. Le Moule breathes in the fresh Atlantic, rather than the sweetness and gentleness of the Caribbean, and has a plush interior of vast fields creating Guadeloupe’s most rustic landscapes. The road crosses many agricultural villages harbored from Atlantic storms by verdant bluffs, however incredible that may sound as they are often located no more than 1 km away from the ocean. Drifting away from the main road is more than recommended as there are plenty of seaside niches to visit. Saint-Anne’s chapel overlooking the picturesque beach of la Savane Brûlée is where a well-celebrated pilgrimage takes place each July 26th.
La Pointe de la Grande Vigie
The northernmost point of Guadeloupe is la Pointe de la Grande Vigie, unveiling a spectacular view to everyone who decides on a difficult trek to reach this tip. This region is of less tropical laziness, make sure to pack hiking boots and a windbreaker if you wish to visit this land of dangerous tides on foot. One way to look at the region is as a challenge of land and ocean, an eternal wrestle between the two. The result is spectacular and of pure nature, a marvelous extravaganza lasting day in and day out. After such an adventurous day in the northern part of the island, you will readily board your luxury charter mega yacht or luxury charter catamaran to sail south to Pointe-à-Pitre.