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Coconut trees, ti-punch cocktails, white sand beaches, volcanoes, tropical forest, sun and turquoise sea, those who travel to Guadeloupe will find all this and more.
  • Guadelupe, The islands of Guadeloupe
    © MATTES Rene
  • Guadelupe, The islands of Guadeloupe
    © MATTES Rene
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination The islands of Guadeloupe

This French territory, located in the Caribbean Sea, attracts many tourists in search of sun. Sporty people will also enjoy the place thanks to exceptional sea beds and very popular hiking tracks that allow you to explore a rich wildlife. Furthermore, surf-lovers meet up on Butterfly Island to enjoy the strong cyclonic heaves. A sunny destination pleasing for everyone, so why not travel to Guadelupe?

Guadelupe: the key figures

Surface area : 1704.0 km2

Population : 444515 inhabitants

  • The nice temperature of the water and air all year long.
  • The exotic and luxurious nature.
  • The beaches.
  • A sometimes cold welcome from those in the tourism trade and shopkeepers which sometimes gives the feeling of not being very welcome.
  • High prices linked to the import of most everyday consumer goods.

Guadelupe: what to visit?

Landscapes

  • The Door of Hell , Porte de l'Enfer , The islands of Guadeloupe
    The Door of Hell
  • 'La Soufrière' in Basse-Terre, The Soufrière volcano, Landscapes, Pointe à Pitre, Guadelupe
    The Soufrière volcano
  • The Carbet Waterfalls , The three Carbet waterfalls , The islands of Guadeloupe
    The Carbet Waterfalls
  • The Crossing Road , 'Route de la Traversée' road , The islands of Guadeloupe
    The Crossing Road
  • The Crossing Road , 'Route de la Traversée' road , The islands of Guadeloupe

Coasts

  • La Caravelle, the most beautiful beach here,  La pointe des Châteaux , Coasts, Guadelupe
    La pointe des Châteaux
  • The pointe de la Grande Vigie  , Pointe des Châteaux , Guadelupe
    The pointe de la Grande Vigie
  • Caravelle Beach , Pointe de la Grande Vigie , The islands of Guadeloupe
    Caravelle Beach
  • Caravelle Beach , Pointe de la Grande Vigie , The islands of Guadeloupe

The fauna and flora

  • The National Park of Guadeloupe , Guadeloupe National Park , The islands of Guadeloupe
    The National Park of Guadeloupe
  • Flora , Flowers , Guadelupe
    Flora
  • The mangrove, The Mangrove, The fauna and flora, Guadelupe
    The Mangrove
  • Underwater, Undersea beds, The fauna and flora, Guadelupe
    Undersea beds
  • The botanical and zoological gardens of Mamelles , Mamelles' botanical and zoological gardens , Guadelupe
    The botanical and zoological gardens of Mamelles
  • The botanical and zoological gardens of Mamelles , Mamelles' botanical and zoological gardens , Guadelupe

Arts and culture

  • The Victor-Schoelcher Museum , Carnival , The islands of Guadeloupe
    The Victor-Schoelcher Museum
  • Victor Schoelcher museum, The Edgar-Clerc museum, Arts and culture, Guadelupe
    The Edgar-Clerc museum
  • Music , The islands of Guadeloupe
    Music
  • Cockfighting, Cockfights, Arts and culture, Guadelupe
    Cockfights
  • Rum , Rum from the Antilles , The islands of Guadeloupe
    Rum
  • Saint John Perse Museum , Guadelupe
    Saint John Perse Museum
  • , Carnival, Arts and culture, Guadelupe
    Carnival
  • , Carnival, Arts and culture, Guadelupe

Guadelupe: what to buy?

The craftwork has created colonial-style furniture from precious wood. In Pointe-a-Pitre, souvenir shops sell items made of coconut fibre, seashells, embroidery, Madras cloth and the famous "Creole" earrings, big gold rings. It is nicer to buy rum directly in distilleries open to the public, as rates are more advantageous than the ones in supermarkets. Shops open from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m and 14:00 p.m to 17:30 p.m and close on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. On the outskirts of the cities, big shopping centres are open from Monday to Saturday until 20:00 p.m.

Guadelupe: what to eat?

Composed of a blend between African (accra, belele) and Indian (rice, colombo) roots, Guadeloupian cuisine is the most sophisticated cuisine of the Caribbean Islands. And as well as the "boudin creole" or the local rum being popular, the blaf (a spicy fish or seafood broth), the matoutou (a recipe made of crab), the ouassou (crawfish and crayfish with garlic and rhum), and the blanc-manger (a pastry made of egg whites and coconut milk) are the finest jewels of West Indian flavours.

Guadelupe: what are the cultural particularities?

Any new visitor will perhaps be surprised by the nonchalance of the Guadeloupian welcome. Humour, simplicity and patience will enable you to approach people on friendly basis.
Be sure to ask for permission before taking a picture of someone.

Guadelupe: travel tips

Do not be too picky on the service providers, otherwise you might end up in a bad mood.
For watersport lovers, the right address to know is Marina-du-Fort, right outside of Pointe-à-Pitre.
Guadeloupe has three main seaside resorts: Le Gosier, St. Anne and St. François, aligned along the white sand beaches of the Atlantic coast, south of Grande-Terre. This is where most holiday hotels are concentrated, particularily numerous in Gosier, the resort that is nearest to Pointe-a-Pitre's airport (15 mins by car). A couple of hotels are spread throughout Basse-Terre, the wildest part of the island, where the beach sand is grey or black.
The most common hotel package is a 3 or 4-star hotel offering a certain number of activities to do during the day and in the evening. There are also a fairly good number of hotels with rooms and suites equipped with a small kitchen, but that also offer offer eating options such as buffets (optional), and sometimes entertainment. The classic hotels (without any entertainment) only offer accommodation and eating services. Less common, there are five clubs that are "all-inclusive": The Club Med La Caravelle, Look Voyages' Lookéa Fort-Royal, Nouvelles Frontières' Paladien Manganao, Fram's Framissima Arawak and Jet Tours' Eldorador Callinago. In their price, they include all leisure and sport activities, except for motorsports.
Good to know: The beaches located on the Atlantic Ocean (Grande-Terre) get more wind than the beaches on the Caribbean coast (Basse-Terre which are better protected from the trade winds.
To find a restaurant, a shop or a hotel, get the "Ti Gourmet" book, available for free at the tourist offices, or in shops, hotels and restaurants.

Guadelupe: Latest hotel reviews
  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    La Créole Beach
    Gosier - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Creole Beach is a major hotel complex with four establishments. ...

  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    La Toubana
    Ste Anne - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Perched above the Atlantic on the edge of a cliff, the Toubana ...

  • 7.9 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Club Med La Caravelle
    Ste Anne - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Just renovated (in 2007), this Club Med is one of the best hotels ...

  • 7.8 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Le Jardin Malanga
    Trois Rivières - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    An old colonial house and three wooden cottages nestled in tropical ...

  • 7.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Le Relais du Moulin
    Ste Anne - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Eden Palm is a pleasant hotel with charming Creole-inspired ...

  • 7.65 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Le Rayon Vert
    Deshaies - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Rayon Vert has charm and tranquillity. A small isolated hotel ...

  • 7.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Domaine de Petite Anse
    Bouillante - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The surroundings, space, activities and welcoming staff make ...

  • 7.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Villa Aquarelles
    Ste Rose - The islands of Guadeloupe

    If you are looking for a holiday villa with a swimming pool in ...

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