Given its idyllic tropical location, it should come as no surprise that the activities on the island center around the beach and water. And well, given the number of resorts on Guadeloupe, is should also not come as a surprise that there are also plenty of opportunities for golf and tennis.

With the diversity of species that inhabit its waters, and its crystal clear quality, both scuba diving and snorkeling are both popular activities in the waters that ring the island. There are a number of outfitters that can set you up with dives (for experience scuba divers) or first-timer courses for those new to the sport. If diving far below the surface is not your cup of tea, then consider snorkeling as an excellent substitute. Watching tropical fish and other creatures that inhabit the water up close is not an experience you will want to miss.

Deep-sea fishing is another popular activity on the island -- wahoo, yellowfin tuna, and blue marlin inhabit the waters that encircle the island. There a number of outfitters on the island that can set you up with a half- or full-day excursion on the Caribbean waters.

Hiking, especially in the Parc Naturel de Guadeloupe is another popular activitiy on the island. There are over 290 km (180 miles) of trails that traverse through the park. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks for your hike, and raingear for potential (and often frequent) downpours.