Caribbean Tourism

Guadeloupe

Beaches

Guadeloupe has excellent beaches for swimming, mostly between Gosier and St-François on Grande Terre. Petit Havre is popular with its small coves and reefs offshore. Here are mostly fishermen and locals and a small shed selling fish meals and beer. The best is at Ste-Anne where the fine white sand and crystal clear water of a constant depth of 1.5 metres...

History

Christopher Columbus discovered Guadeloupe in 1493 and named it after the Virgin of Guadalupe, of Extremadura, Spain. The Caribs, who had inhabited the island, called it Karukera, meaning `island of beautiful waters'. As in most of the Caribbean, the Spanish never settled, and Guadeloupe's history closely resembles that of Martinique, beginning with French...

Tourist Information

Local tourist offices Tourist offices in Guadeloupe: 5 Square de la Banque, BP 422-97163, Pointe-à-Pitre, T 820930, F 838922 (the Gîtes office next door is helpful); Maison du Port, Cours Nolivos, Basse-Terre, T 812483; Av de l’Europe, Saint-François, T 884874, and at airport. Maps The Serie Bleu maps (1:25,000, 7 maps of Guadeloupe, No 4601G-4607G) issued...

Getting Around

Land Transport Motoring Pointe-à-Pitre has a dual carriage ring road which runs from Gosier across the Rivière Salée to the industrial centre at Baie-Mahault and S towards Petit-Bourg. It is well used and the driving is very French with dead animals on the road quickly covered with lime. There can be major traffic holdups in the rush hour; expect to find...

Places to Eat

Apart from the hotel restaurants mentioned above, there are a large number of restaurants, cafés and patisseries to choose from. Many are closed in the evening. In Pointe-à-Pitre: Oasis, rues Nozières et A R Boisneuf (French), T 820270; Relais des Antilles (cheaper, but good Créole cooking), near the Auberge Henri IV, in a private house, good, cheap meals (...

Accommodations

On Grande-Terre At Pointe-à-Pitre: top of the range is A1-A2 La Bougainvillée, 9 rue Frébault, T 901414, F 913682, which is comfortable, a/c, plumbing could be better, good expensive restaurant; A1 Anchorage Hôtel Saint John, rue Quai Lesseps, T 825157, F 825261, a/c, TV, balcony, comfortable, very good; A2-A3 Normandie, 14 Place de la Victoire, T 823715,...

On Arrival

Airports Le Raizet airport was replaced in 1996 by the new, modern Pole Caraïbes airport. The former is still used for regional flights, while the latter is for international arrivals and departures. They are quite far apart – a taxi ride – and if you have a rental car (kept on the old airport side of the airfield) you will have to get the shuttle to the...

Before Travelling

Climate The temperature on the coasts varies between 22° and 30°C, but is about 3° lower in the interior. January to April is the dry season (called carême), July to November the wet season (l’hivernage), with most rain falling from September to November. Trade winds moderate temperatures the year round. Documents The regulations are the same as for France...

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe Guadeloupe (1,510 square kilometres) is really two islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, separated by the narrow bridged strait of the Rivière Salée. To the west is mountainous Basse-Terre, with the volcano Grande Soufrière (1,484 m) at its centre. It has an area of 848 sq km and the administrative capital of the same name on its southwest coast. The...

GUADELOUPE: USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES: In Guadeloupe (Main Office): Office du Tourisme de Marie-Galante Rue du Fort - B.P. 15 - 97112 Grand Bourg de Marie-Galante Guadeloupe, F.W.I. Tel.: +(0)590-97 56 51 - Fax: +(0)590-97 56 54 E-Mail: i...@ot-mariegalante.com Web:http://www.ot-mariegalante.com Complimentary maps, magazines and information bulletins are available at the...

GUADELOUPE: WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING: Restaurants available-Local. Creole. French. Service charge is usually added to bill, otherwise tipping is at your discretion. Dress code is casual. NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes: * Casinos. Discos. * Nightclubs. * Dinner/Dances. SHOPPING: Locally produced items: Rum. Creole dolls. Pottery. Straw. Wicker items. Discounts on...

GUADELOUPE: COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY: Guadeloupe is 1,845 mls from New York, 4,360 mls from Paris, 2,138 mls from Montreal and 310 mls from San Juan. It is an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea comprising several distinct islands. Guadeloupe proper is made up of two islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, separated by a seawater channel, the Riviere Salee. The other islands are Marie-...

GUADELOUPE: MONEY/ BUSINESS GUIDE

BANKS: * Banque des Antilles Francaises. * Banque Nationale de Paris. * Credit Martiuie. * Credit Agricole. * Societe General de Banque aux Antilles. BANKING HOURS: Monday to Friday 0800-1200 & 1400-1600. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: * November 1: All Saints Day. * November 2: All Soul’s Day. * November 11: Armistice Day. *...

GUADELOUPE: HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES: * Air Canada. * Air France. * Air Caraibes. * American Eagle. * Continental Airlines. * Delta Air Lines. * LIAT. * TWA. * US Airways. * US Air and Continental connect with Air Caraibes in either San Juan or St. Martin. Delta and TWA connect with Air Caraibes in San Juan. AIRPORTS: Guadeloupe Pole Caraibes...

GUADELOUPE -In the Leeward Islands north of Dominica

In the Leeward Islands north of Dominica, Guadeloupe is one of seven destinations that combine to form a full-fledged region of France in the Caribbean. Sister island to Martinique, Guadeloupe is butterfly shaped with its two wings (Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre) linked by a drawbridge. Guadeloupe's scenery is stunning, ranging from mountains to rambling...