If lying on the beach isn't enough of a cultural experience for you, no worries, as there are plenty of attractions located across the island to increase your knowledge of the island and Caribbean region. A few highlights include:

Aquarium de la Guadeloupe -- located in Le Bas du Fort at Place Creole, the aquarium is the largest in the Caribbean, and provides a great way to introduce yourself to the see the tropical fish, coral, and other ocean creatures that you might see while snorkeling in the waters surrounding the island. The aquarium is open daily between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost of admission is 7.50 Euro for adults and 3.50 Euro for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children 5 and under are admitted for free.

Parc Naturel de Guadeloupe -- located between Basse-Terre and Pointe-a-Pitre, the national park preserves a verdant rain forest located within the mountains. There are a number of hiking trails within the park, with lengths ranging from short jaunts to longer trails requiring a full-day of exploration.

Parc Archeologique -- located along the Windward Coast, this park is home to Roches Gravees, which are rocks carved with pictures (petroglyphs) by pre-Columbian peoples who originally inhabited the area. The park is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 2 Euro for adults and free for children under the age of 12.

Fort Fleur-d'Epee -- located in Gosier, these ruins are the remains of a fort built in the eighteenth century. If you're looking for a great overview of the area, on a clear day, the view from the ruins atop a hill is definitely one not to miss.