Practical information : Treat yourself (& others) Guadeloupe
The shops are open, as a general rule, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm. Shops in shopping centres open later (around 9.30 a.m.), but then remain open a little later in the evening.
Stores in the towns of Basse-Terre and Pointe-à-Pitre close at around 1 p.m. on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays.
The various markets in the town centres generally open from 6am and close at the latest at 2pm. The night markets (Thursday in Sainte-Anne, Friday in Gosier, Wednesday in Le Moule) open around 5pm, but really come alive after 6pm.
Shopping centres are very busy on the eve of public holidays, especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays. They are crowded by the population who come to get supplies during a hurricane alert. If you don't have any pressing needs, avoid going shopping at this time of year, as the atmosphere is quite electric. May 27th is the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Guadeloupe: many shops are only open in the morning.
Budget & Tips
Off-premises cheques are often refused in shops as well. Choose to pay by credit card or cash.
The balance periods are not identical to the hex. Their dates vary according to each Overseas Territory. They are scheduled from 2 January to 29 January 2021 for the winter period and from 25 September to Friday 22 October 2021 for the summer period.
What's very local
In Guadeloupe, haggling is not usual. It can be rather badly appreciated in particular by the craftsmen who sell their products themselves who feel it as a lack of respect for their know-how.
Lambi shells (shellfish), turtle shells, corals are products prohibited for sale because these species are protected. Do not buy them even at low prices, you might pay a lot ...