||530 square miles
||Basse-Terre (Point-a-Pitre is the main city)
||Overseas Department of France/administrates Guadeloupe Le Saints, Maria-Galante, St. Barts & St. Martin
||French & Creole with English spoken in tourist areas
||Euro/$US Dollar widely accepted
||79-85 degrees year round with constant breezes
||Atlantic Standard Time
||area code is 590
||Right hand side of the road
Guadeloupe is one of the most beautiful of all islands in the Caribbean as
well as a stunning jewel of the French Caribbean. In the language of the
original native people the island was called “Karukera”- The land of
Beautiful Waters.” The Arawak natives sure named it correctly!
Guadeloupe is actually two islands in the shape of butterfly wings joined
in the middle by a draw bridge. The eastern wing of the butterfly is known
as Grande-Terre and is mostly flat with an indented coastline with
bays and coves, white sand beaches and rings of coral reefs.
The western wing of the butterfly shaped island is Basse-Terre and is a lush land filled with
forests, rivers, green valleys and the highest point on Guadeloupe- La Soufrierie Volcano
that stretches to 4,800 feet.
Grand-Terre has the hustling and bustling city of Point-a-Pitre often referred to as the “Paris
of the Caribbean.” It is a city of over 100,000 people with parks, shops, museums, art galleries,
open air markets and one of the busiest cruise harbors in the Caribbean. Attractions to check
out would include the Guadeloupe Aquarium & the impressive Fortress of Fort Fleur D’Apee- that
includes a moat and was the scene of battles between the French and British.
The countryside is dotted with historic sugar mill plantations and the east coast is the scene for
watching huge waves crash unto the rocky cliffs, carving out spectacular rock formations.
The beaches just outside of Point-a-Pitre are marvelous white sand playgrounds that stretch
from the resort area of Gosier to the fishing village of St-Francois which is now a ritzy resort
town with private airport, golf, resorts and spas.
In the Gosier area for Caribbean Hotels and Resorts
check out the Hotel Arawak, La Creole Beach Resort and
The Callinago Hotel & Village. The Club Med is in the
St-Anne area and for St-Francois resorts- The Golf Marine
Resort, Le Meridien, Hotel Plantation Resort and the
all-suite La Cocoteraie Resort and for villas- the Iguana
Basse-Terre is the place for the diver or nature lover. The most famous place for scuba diving
on Basse-Terre is at the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park located on Pigeon Island. Cousteau
called this one of the prettiest places in the world to dive and shot his first underwater film for
National Geographic from here 50 years ago. Basse-Terre is also home to one of the best
national parks to be found in the Caribbean, the 74,000 acre Parc National. A trans-coastal
highway carries you along quaint fishing villages and up into the highlands to the park. Trails
are marked and you will hike one of the most memorable rain forests left in the islands. The
hikes are punctuated with beautiful waterfalls that run into rivers lined with wildflowers and
ferns. A great hike to do is at the two mountains known as Les Mamelles which are each over
2,500 feet. A pass runs between the two peaks with incredible mountain views. There are also
hikes up the volcano, to hot springs on the west coast and up to a lake 2,400 feet above sea level.
Basse-Terre also has mountain biking, kayaking and beautiful beaches to explore and enjoy.
The best accommodations for Caribbean Hotels and Resorts on this side of the island can be
enjoyed at the popular Le Jardin Malanga, the all-suite Domaini de Malendure, The Habitation
Grande Anse, The Hotel St. George and the Residence Pointe Batterie and for Caribbean villas-
The Pointe Batterie Villas.
The islands off of Guadeloupe:
8 islands make up this delightful island group located just 6 miles off
Guadeloupe. The islands are noted for their great Caribbean sailing
waters and crystal clear dive sites. This secluded island group is
for those seeking islands less traveled with pristine tropical splendor,
uncrowded beaches and an unhurried pace to relax and unwind.
Most travelers who venture into the islands of saints visit the island of
Terre-de-Haut. For charming and intimate hideaways and Caribbean
Hotels Col.com recommends- Hotel Coco Playa, Hotel Bois Joli Hotel
and the Auberge des Petits Saints Hotel. For villa selections- The
Villa la Maison.
There is a magical island filled with windmills, sugar sand beaches, turquoise waters and swaying
palm trees- Discover the magic of Marie-Galante for yourself. At 63 square miles this is a rather
large island in the French Caribbean and mass tourism has yet to discover this wonder. It is
a paradise of the unspoiled Caribbean paradise of long ago. Ox-cart can still be seen plowing the
fertile fields and the colorful boats of fishermen can be seen lying on the shores in fishing villages.
Hikers and mountain bikers will find trails that take them along coastal byways, through old
sugar mills, plantation fields, natural wonders and up mountainsides that offer incredible views.
Windsurfing, sailing, diving, canoeing and kayaking activities can all be found here. For Caribbean
hotels Col.com makes the following recommendation- The Hotel Cohoba located on a spectacular