Guadeloupe Island is the Head of the French Overseas Department in the Eastern Caribbean. Walking through the streets of Pointe-A-Pitre with its many boulangeries or bakeries, its boutiques and the French flair all over, you’ll feel more in France than in the Caribbean. But once you travel deep inside the islands you are transported back to the old and original Caribbean.
Satellite view of Guadeloupe and the smaller islands
Guadeloupe is the government center for the French Caribbean Islands, composed of Martinique Island, St Barthelemy, St Martin, Marie Galante, Iles des Saintes, La Desirade and a few smaller ones.
Guadeloupe itself is divided into two islands united by a narrow mangrove channel. They are Grande Terre and Basse Terre. They look like a butterfly with its open wings.
Pointe-A-Pitre the Capital of Guadeloupe
Grande Terre on the east is where most of the beaches are. The terrain is gently hilly and many resorts abound on this island.
Basse Terre on the other hand is mountainous and wrapped in lush vegetation, rain forests and exotic flora and fauna. Here are located the Caribbean highest waterfalls and the island’s La Soufriere Volcano.
Guadeloupe is full of forests and waterfalls
On this island you may spend days visiting the rain forests, refreshing yourself in the beautiful waterfalls, taking refuge from a strong tropical rain that passes in a few minutes.
But one thing is sure. When the day is over you are going to be welcomed to your air-conditioned room at your hotel or resort with all facilities you may expect. They call it civilized exploration.
Marie Galante one of the islands of Guadeloupe
On day tours you may visit the surrounding neighboring islands. You will find more information about Marie Galante La Desirade and Iles des Saintes in the other pages.
Pointe-A-Pitre is the largest town in Guadeloupe Island. It is a commercial town with a busy harbor marketplace. It’ not very tourist oriented but you’ll have to go through the city by taking a ferry to the outer islands or its Central Bus Station.
Plage de la Malendure on Guadeloupe Island
Guadeloupe offers many of the world’s best Restaurants and Bars with excellent French and Caribbean Cuisine where colorful Creole Costumes are still worn.
The local Caribbean Music is called Beguine, played with trombone and clarinet that root in West African Dance. It has been influenced by Jazz and Pop in the recent years.
The renowned Rum Punch Cocktails will assure you have an excellent time but be careful to take one or maximum two of them. Here my experience is talking loudly.
If looking for extreme quietude, the islands of Marie Galante, La Desirade and Les Saintes offer this peace and relaxation that you may be looking for.
Map of Guadeloupe and its surrounding islands
images of guadeloupe
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