Guadeloupe Travel Guide

Guadeloupe is an exceptionally beautiful archipelago in the Caribbean, comprising of Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre and five smaller islands. While Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin, Grande Terre features rolling hills and flat plains.

Guadeloupe is known for its stunning tropical scenery, white or black palm-fringed beaches, lush mountains, and unique Creole culture, a blend of French and African cultures.

Tourist attractions in Guadeloupe include Basse-Terre, the colonial town of Pointe-à-Pitre (famous for its early 17th century St Charles Fort), Sainte-Marie-de-Capesterre (where Columbus Christopher landed), small town of Trois Rivières, Parc National de la Guadeloupe (national park), Chutes du Carbet Waterfall, La Désirade and Terre-de-Haut Islands, and the islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade and Les Saintes (famous for their excellent beaches). Visitors can also enjoy nature walks, swimming, small-boat sailing, water-skiing, snorkeling and diving.

Getting There

Many airlines fly to the international airport at Pointe-à-Pitre from various destinations in Europe, USA and other Caribbean nations. Guadeloupe is also a port of call for many international cruise liners that connect it with Martinique, Miami and San Juan (Puerto Rico). Regular ferry and catamaran services also operate from Pointe-à-Pitre to Dominica, Martinique and St Lucia.

Weather & When to Go

Guadeloupe enjoys a warm and humid subtropical climate all year round, tempered by trade winds. The main rainy season lasts from June to October.