The Island of Guadeloupe

Facts about Travel to the Island of Guadeloupe

You want to travel to the island of Guadeloupe! It is north of Dominica, and south of Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat. It is an integral part of France. And as such a constituent territory of the European Union. Guadeloupe has a population of 402,119 (2016). The population is mainly Afro-Caribbean, white European and Indian. The largest religion is Roman Catholic (about 80%). The capital is Basse-Terre. Guadeloupean food specialities are fish cooked with lime juice, lobster and ouassou (shrimp) and stuffed earthly crabs. 

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When you travel to the island of Guadeloupe, this is important to know:

  • The official currency is the euro
  • The official language is French. Although Antillian Creole is also spoken
  • The time zone is UTC -4
  • Driving side is right
  • Calling code +590
  • Most international flights use Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport
  • Boats and cruise ships use the ports at Pointe-à-Pitre and Basse-Terre

Best time to Travel to Guadeloupe

Best visiting time is from December to May. Then the weather remains warm and dry. It is pleasantly warm (85° Fahrenheit / 29.5° Celcius). The wet season is from June until November. The sea is warm enough for swimming all year round. The average temperature is 82°F (28°C).

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Cities Of Guadeloupe

The major Guadeloupean cities are:

  • Pointe-à-Pitre, the most populous urban region. And the economic capital. Beautiful places to visit are the Place de la Victoire. And the marché aux Épices.
  • Basse-Terre, the administrative capital. Highlights are the Fort Delgrès. And the Gerty Archimede Museum.
  • Sainte-Anne, one of the most touristy towns of Guadeloupe.  

Attractions Of Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe has a lot of attractions! The most popular are:

  • Plage de Grande Anse near Basse Terre. One of the most beautiful beaches of Guadeloupe!
  • Guadeloupe National Park near Basse-Terre. One of the highlights of the island. With more than one million visitors every year. A beautiful place for bird-watchers. And with more than 150 miles of hiking trails.
  • Jacques Cousteau’s Underwater Reserve. For diving and snorkelling!

A vacation in Guadeloupe! Relax and enjoy in a beautiful setting!