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Discover Marie-Galante, a gem of the Caribbean

  • Marie-Galante, The islands of Guadeloupe
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination The islands of Guadeloupe

Part of the Guadeloupe archipelago and 19 miles away from the island of Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante is the third island of the French Antilles. The island is still protected from tourism but it is gradually becoming more and more exposed to it. After developing its sugar cane industry, Marie-Galante has taken up fishing as another source of income. Marie-Galante is not just a place where people spend a couple of days after going to Guadeloupe; it is in itself a genuine holiday destination. Relaxation on its heavenly beaches, water sports, visiting distilleries and mills and discovering exquisitely beautiful natural sites are all on the agenda here.

Marie-Galante: the key figures

Surface area : 158.0 km2

Population : 12000 inhabitants

  • Its splendid beaches make it a seaside destination par excellence.
  • Ideal to relax away from tourist hordes.
  • You will find yourself in France, yet thousands of mi away from the metropole.
  • Limited cultural attractions.
  • Your tour ends in no time.
  • Hotels are second-rate.

Marie-Galante: what to visit?

Landscapes

  • , Vieux-Fort river, Landscapes, Marie-Galante
    Vieux-Fort river
  • Sugar cane , The islands of Guadeloupe
    Sugar cane
  • Sugar cane , The islands of Guadeloupe

Coasts

  • West beach , Guadelupe
    West beach
  • Feuillere Beach, Feuillere beach, Coasts, Marie-Galante
    Feuillere beach
  • North of the island. , The north of the island , The islands of Guadeloupe
    North of the island.
  • North of the island. , The north of the island , The islands of Guadeloupe

The fauna and flora

  • Flora
  • Underwater wildlife , Guadelupe
    Underwater wildlife
  • Underwater wildlife , Guadelupe

Arts and culture

  • Murat Castle , Guadelupe
    Murat Castle
  • Poisson distillery , Guadelupe
    Poisson distillery
  • Poisson distillery , Guadelupe

Marie-Galante: what to buy?

Note that most of the decorations and fabrics come from Asia. However, do not hesitate to get madras cotton. Also bring back brown sugar, tropical fruit jams, spices and rum. That of Marie-Galante, produced in small quantities, is very sought after. Shops open from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm. Most shops open on Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Marie-Galante: what to eat?

Take time to look for small spots to taste real Marie-Galante cuisine. It is authentic and makes use of a variety of local products. Papaya and plantain gratins, cooked roots and turban squash are served with West Indian traditional dishes like colombo or black sausage. Fish and lobsters are rare. For drinks, rum produced by the three distilling companies, is well appreciated.

Marie-Galante: main cities

Marie-Galante: what are the cultural particularities?

Marie-Galante people are warm and welcoming if you respect them. You need to take time to meet and talk to them.
It is preferable to seek their permission before taking photos.
Not saying "good morning" is seen as ill-mannered. These few rules open many doors.

Marie-Galante: travel tips

Marie-Galante is a peaceful island. Take your time. It is a picture of Guadeloupe 30 years ago. You can take a week's rest or a few days after a trip to Guadeloupe.
Some of the most elegant beaches in the French Antilles are found in Marie-Galante. Feuillere beach, southeastward - close to Capesterre - is heavenly, between lagoons and golden sand.
Northwards, the path leading to Caye Plate offers a splendid view of Bois d'Inde and Piton coves.
In 1930, Marie-Galante had over one hundred cane mills. Visit the Bezard and Agapit mills to discover sugar cane and its history.

Marie-Galante: Latest hotel reviews
  • 7.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Cap Rêva
    Grand Bourg - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    Just recently reopened in January 2013, Cap Reva hotel underwent ...

  • 7.45 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Village de Ménard
    Grand Bourg - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    Located in the north of Marie-Galante, on the unspoilt coastline, ...

  • 7.3 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Coco Beach
    Grand Bourg - The islands of Guadeloupe
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    This charming little establishment has a dream location on the ...

  • 6.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    La Souricière
    Grand Bourg - The islands of Guadeloupe

    An unpretentious hotel in terms of comfort but which has nevertheless ...

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