In the lush rainforest of Guadeloupe, on the slopes of Soufrière volcano has formed the most spectacular waterfall in Lesser Antilles – Carbet Falls.

First white man to see these falls was… Christopher Columbus. In November 4, 1493 he and his team headed towards the newly discovered island, heading towards the incredibly tall waterfall in the jungle covered mountains of this island. Initially he used the Carib name of this island – Caroucaera, but later renamed to Santa María de Guadalupe.

Carbet Falls, Guadeloupe
Carbet Falls / gωen, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Waterfall has three major steps. Upper step starts at the elevation of some 900 m. This cascade is the tallest – some 115 m tall (many sources mention that it is more than 125 m tall).

Second drop is 110 m tall. Next to the drop the rock is unstable, part of it collapsed in 2004. Due to this the access to the upper drop is closed for now. Near the base of second drop can be found some hot springs.

Lower cascade is 20 m tall and has the greatest water volume of all waterfalls in Guadeloupe.

Second step of Carbet Falls, Guadeloupe
Second step of Carbet Falls / Guillaume Cattiaux, / CC BY-SA 2.0

This waterfall is one of most popular tourist attractions on the island.

Carbet Falls on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates: 18.0726 N 63.1189 W
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology
Rating: 3.5 out of 10 stars
Where is located? North America, Caribbean, Guadeloupe, Capesterre-Belle-Eau commune, eastern slope of La Grande Soufrière volcano
Name in French: Les chutes du Carbet, La sault du Carbet
Height: > 245 m
Drops: 3
Tallest drop: > 115 m
Stream: Carbet

Landmarks of Guadeloupe

Rainforest in Guadeloupe
Rainforest in Guadeloupe / Guillaume Cattiaux, / CC BY-SA 2.0

These islands are rich with natural landmarks. One can walk here through primeval Caribbean rainforest, reach the summit of the tallest mountain in Lesser Antilles, enjoy several impressive waterfalls and interesting petroglyphs.

Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, Wikimedia Commons / public domain
Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

Recommended books

Travel eGuide: Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante and Saintes islands

So… Welcome to Guadeloupe, the paradise island in the Caribbean Sea with a French touch!

Fodor’s Essential Caribbean

In amazing full-color, Fodor’s Essential Caribbean covers the top destinations in the Caribbean, from the Dominican Republic and Jamaica to Turks & Caicos and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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