Guadeloupe spreads its tropical butterfly wings in shimmering colours, declining the expanses of blue and green punctuated by the sinuous lines of the white beaches... Here is the scenery planted upon your arrival at Pointe-à-Pitre Airport! Guadeloupe, a French overseas territory, is an archipelago in the West Indies located south of the Caribbean Sea. Its two largest islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, separated by the Salt River, each evoke a butterfly wing, hence the nickname of the archipelago. The hilly island of Grande-Terre has long beaches and vast sugar cane fields from which rum is produced. On the island of Basse-Terre, nature lovers enjoy a visit to the Guadeloupe National Park with its Carbet Falls and the Great Soufrière volcano. In addition, there are the small islands, including Marie-Galante, Désirade and Les Saintes. Guadeloupe thus invites you to enjoy the pleasures of the seaside, to discover the natural riches of the land and sea, such as the Cousteau reserve, but also to discover a traditional culture rich in colour. For the history of Guadeloupe, its folklore and delicious cuisine, consult your Guadeloupe guide.

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When to go to Guadeloupe?

The period from December to April is the most popular, and therefore most expensive, high tourist season, when reservations must be made well in advance. The end-of-year holiday season is accompanied by a peak in both attendance and fares. Between April and November, the number of visitors decreases and so do the prices. It's the low season. The summer months (July and August) are a special time in the West Indies. It is the summer holidays and the West Indies of the metropolis return home, the Martiniquans come on holiday to Guadeloupe and vice versa, which makes it an intermediate season. The prices of tourist services, car rentals are rising slightly and airline tickets are expensive, even very expensive, at least if you do it at the last minute. And if you plan your stay between June and September, you will have the added bonus of attending a very festive, popular and colourful parish festival every Sunday.

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Guadeloupe is widely offered by tour operators. Several formulas in their catalogue, from a simple seaside holiday to a tour with discovery of national parks, hikes and visits to original sites and enjoyable activities around gastronomy, for example. Family stays are also available, which are interesting at all levels with tree climbing and swimming in the waterfalls.

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Don't worry about going alone. Small budgets will find accommodation everywhere (youth hostels, homestays, bungalows...) at low prices. Some accommodations offer car rentals at attractive prices. On the catering side, you will find takeaway dishes and sandwiches, bokits, local dishes... During the off-season, many natural sites are accessible free of charge or at reduced rates. Travel from one end of the archipelago to the other to enjoy the different sites.

Maritime shuttles connect the islands. Combine business with pleasure, by visiting the islands and islets of the archipelago during a day cruise aboard a catamaran. On the agenda: sailing, swimming, meals on board or in a restaurant on the island... In general, buses operate from 5:30 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. Grande-Terre is better served than Basse-Terre. Guadeloupe has a fairly good road network but driving is not easy, especially at night!

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When to travel?

The period from December to April is the most popular, and therefore most expensive, high tourist season, when reserv...
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Weather forecast

Guadeloupe enjoys a tropical climate tempered by maritime influences and trade winds. The sea is on average 27°C, sl...
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Budget

In Guadeloupe, the currency is the euro. The destination is much more accessible in low season. Flights, very afforda...
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Formalities

You are in France. No visas or other formalities for European nationals. A valid identity card is sufficient. Canadia...
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Health

Be up to date with your vaccinations and take good care of your small wounds that are difficult to heal in this clima...
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How to travel by yourself?

Don't worry about going alone. Small budgets will find accommodation everywhere (youth hostels, homestays, bungalows....
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How to get organized?

Guadeloupe is widely offered by tour operators. Several formulas in their catalogue, from a simple seaside holiday to...
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Getting around

Maritime shuttles connect the islands. Combine business with pleasure, by visiting the islands and islets of the arch...
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