One of the many surprises of Guadeloupe is its unbelievable hot springs and geothermal activity. The dormant volcano that’s located on the southern island of Basse-Terre is the cause of some truly amazing thermal effects located throughout the island. From bubbling thermal water pools to healing mud at Babin Beach, Guadeloupe has access to whatever kind of natural spa treatment you’re looking for! Join us as we take you to the best Guadeloupe thermal beaches and explore this unique island.
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Where to Find Guadeloupe Thermal Water
There are half a dozen locations to feel the magical power from the volcano in Guadeloupe. Some spots are as simple as to have just a small trickle of healing water coming out of brass pipes. Then there’s giant hot ocean rock baths, or you can even find large Guadeloupe thermal pools in the jungle! With so many other fun activities to do in Guadeloupe, let’s get right into the can’t miss spots!
Guadeloupe Thermal Pools
Location: Bouillante, Basse-Terre
This small, but amazing pool will be a highlight of your day. That is if you can plan a visit at a time where the crowds are not swarming! We went twice, and the first was so perfect and pristine that we spent hours soaking in the Guadeloupe thermal water. The second trip was not so lucky, as we had the same idea as about fifty other travelers. Everyone knew the Guadeloupe thermal pools would be the perfect spot to spend a cloudy afternoon.
How to Visit the Hot Springs in Guadeloupe
I guess the name is somewhat deceiving, because the second we stuck our toes in the Guadeloupe thermal pool we were shocked… It actually wasn’t hot at all! However, once you slip your feet under the smooth dark rocks you’ll feel the warmth you’ve been yearning for. So soak in deep, and enjoy the volcanic thermal water of Guadeloupe!
Guadeloupe Mud at Babin Beach
Location: Babin Beach, Grand-Terre
Next up, it’s time to take a walk on the wild side at Babin Beach! The mud here actually has special therapeutic properties to help heal your skin. Getting to Babin Beach is a little tricky, and a lot more out of the way than other Guadeloupe thermal beaches. Nonetheless, for anyone looking for the full thermal experience, this is definitely something not to miss out on!
So who’s ready to get dirty? Since Babin Beach is rocky it may not be your typical island paradise, but there are ways to combine all the best things about Guadeloupe here. We actually packaged some of the therapeutic Guadeloupe mud and took it with us to other beaches! Sure we got some weird looks, but you’re crazy if you think we didn’t have the softest skin in on the islands!
Hot Springs Guadeloupe Mud Bath
After watching half a dozen noticeably confused tourists come and go at Babin Beach, we decided to ask for help. The secret is that the soft and smooth healing mud is actually located fifty feet from shore. So yeah, you have to swim out with your container and get the good stuff.
Otherwise, you’ll be packing on a mixture of dirt and seaweed that’s found on the shoreline. You may be wondering.. Why isn’t there there hundreds of people covered in mud? Well the locals don’t just lather up instantly. They instead take the hot springs Guadeloupe mud home for their own personal stash!
We will be the first to admit that we were somewhat skeptical. However, we can honestly say we’ve NEVER had softer skin in our lives. The local good samaritan who helped us gather the miracle mud said that he had actually been in a horrible car crash.
He then used the Guadeloupe mud, and successfully got the mobility back in his joints. Honestly, if you’re in Guadeloupe why not get a free mud treatment that you would typically pay hundreds of dollars for?
More Guadeloupe Thermal Beaches
In theory this idea is amazing. A ceramic Guadeloupe thermal pool built into the cliff overlooking the ocean? Plush. In reality though, it was extremely dirty! The pool was broken so the tub wouldn’t fill up, disappointing us and other travelers that had made there way to this supposedly magic thermal bath. This place had the potential to be a hidden gem, but not when we were there!
Guadeloupe Hot Springs Shower
Location: Sofaia, Basse-Terre
If you’re passing by on your journey through the jungle then how about a hot water healing shower? This is just another one of the many ways to experience the thermal water of Guadeloupe!
Guadeloupe Jungle Pool
Location: Start of the Hike to Soufriere Volcano
This beautiful large Guadeloupe thermal pool set in the rain forest was one of the coolest places we visited. We arrived when it started to downpour, but that only added to it’s jungle allure. This thermal bath also marks the starting point for the glorious two hour hike up the Soufriere Volcano. So make sure to stop off and take a dip!
Ready for the Hot Springs Guadeloupe?
If you want to experience all the volcanic thermal waters Guadeloupe has to offer then our advice is GO NOW! When speaking with others that have been vacationing in Guadeloupe years they said the island is changing… And fast.
In previous years, it was rare to find anyone at the Guadeloupe thermal pools or hot springs, but now it has all changed. With the growing tourism boom (especially from the United States), and the government capitalizing on its once hidden treasures, everything is getting more crowded. So get here while you can and enjoy the amazing thermal water of Guadeloupe!
Have any questions, or want to share your own favorite Guadeloupe thermal beaches? Please comment below and let us know!
Brigitte & Jake
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Where To Stay In Guadeloupe
Ultra Luxury (High End) – La Toubana Hotel & Spa – Swim all day in one of nicest beaches in the world or from the hotel pool overlooking the beautiful ocean. This hotel is perfect for anyone looking for luxury on the island.
Fun Vacation (Mid Range) – Habitation Grande Anse – You’ll need a car for your stay, but it will be worth the adventure. Just a short walk from our favorite beach you’ll be secluded in the jungle, and still close to all the small beach town action.
Hostel Life (Budget) – Butterfly Hostel – Located in a popular and lively area of the island, everything will be within your reach. You can relax in the common area or take a quick walk down to the beautiful beaches of Guadeloupe!
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