The Caribbean paradise of Guadeloupe are some of the most diverse and beautiful islands to explore. It’s time to learn what makes this tropical destination so special! From the world class beaches to the French Caribbean culture and food, there are so many amazing reasons to go to Guadeloupe! Join us for a one of a kind Guadeloupe travel guide as we share our favorite things about the islands. So is Guadeloupe worth visiting? There’s only one way to find out!
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10 Reasons to Visit Guadeloupe
1. Guadeloupe Islands
Guadeloupe is home to five different islands that are all extremely accessible by ferry. The two main Guadeloupe islands are Basse-Terre to the west, and Grande-Terre to the east. The two large islands are separated by a small waterway, but stay connected by a bridge built to link them together.
The three smaller islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade, and the Îles des Saintes are all easy to get to by a quick ferry. It doesn’t matter which of the five Guadeloupe islands you spend your time on. You’re sure to be welcomed with beautiful scenery, warm Caribbean water, and amazing beaches in Guadeloupe.
2. Guadeloupe Beaches
You can’t visit the Caribbean without mentioning the stunning Guadeloupe beaches. As you travel through the islands, you’ll be working your way through a slew of over 200 jaw dropping beaches. From white, red, black, to even pink sand, the color will change as often as the landscape.
You can soak in the crystal clear water of Sainte Anne Beach, or splash in the rolling waves as you explore the hidden coves. One things for sure, there’s plenty of beaches to enjoy on your Guadeloupe travel!
3. Parlez-vous Français?
Much of the Caribbean is known to hold Spanish as its primary language. However, Guadeloupe is part of the unique group of islands that sport French as their native tongue. While English is slowly becoming more commonly spoken, don’t bank on it to get by!
Over the three weeks that we spent on our visit to Guadeloupe we only came across a handful of people who spoke English. One of the best tips we can offer in our Guadeloupe travel guide is to brush up on your French! A little goes a long way with the locals.
4. French Cuisine and Drinks
Did you know Guadeloupe consumes more champagne per capita than anywhere else in the world! The French flair can be seen not only be seen in the drinks, but in the islands local Creole cooking. Walking into any small bakery will transport you back to the mainland France as you savor the fresh breads and sweet desserts.
Just a warning… The Guadeloupe Islands are not really for the budget friendly. Expect to pay more than you would in actual France for simple things like baguettes and cheese. Formal restaurants will cost you a pretty penny, and it’s not so cheap to go out for drinks. It is the islands after all!
5. Local Guadeloupe Markets
While we’re on the topic of food in Guadeloupe, the markets are some of the most bright and beautiful in the Caribbean. Here you will find an endless sea of fruits and vegetables, and plenty of local home brewed rum. The most famous market is in downtown Point-à-Pitre.
At this market you can not only admire the local produce, but also get a front row seat to fishermen hulling off their daily catch. After that, wander down the side streets. Explore the many carts selling everything from trinkets to more amazing Guadeloupe food!
6. Volcanic Thermal Water
The volcanic activity in Guadeloupe is literally burning up! As you travel between the islands, you’ll be able to see the incredible effects it has on them. Adventure to the thermal healing springs, and enjoy the mud they create with special healing properties.
Also, some of the Guadeloupe beaches even offer ocean pools with thermal water bubbling up from the ground! If your idea of a good time is experiencing the beautiful wonders of nature, then Guadeloupe is the perfect destination for you!
Volcanic Thermal Water of Guadeloupe
7. Guadeloupe National Park
While the highlight of any trip to Guadeloupe is the beaches, you may be surprised by the National Park. The dozens of hikes here will leave you speechless and it’s home to the magnificent La Soufriere Volcano.
One of the many other cool things about Guadeloupe National Park is its abundance of waterfalls that dot the landscape. Trust us, this is a great way to cool down after a long day of hiking!
8. Pointe des Chateaux
Our Guadeloupe travel guide wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this surreal lookout point! As you hike to the top of the small lookout, you’ll be welcomed with a panoramic view of the islands of Guadeloupe. This is a great opportunity to see the spectacular coastline as the large and powerful waves crash below.
9. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
All the underwater life at the Guadeloupe beaches are amazing, but for the ultimate experience head to the Jacques Cousteau Reserve. The 988 acres of protected water are filled with an assortment of sea creatures and coral. For around 12 Euros, you can hop on a boat and spend time with the marine life of the islands.
10. Sunsets in Guadeloupe
Sunset time on the Guadeloupe islands will be without question the highlight of your day! No better way to end a long afternoon than relaxing at the beach, and sipping on the local Ti’ Punch. So pull up a chair, and watch as the colors change dramatically over the gorgeous landscape.
Is Guadeloupe Worth Visiting?
Yes! If you couldn’t tell we had an amazing experience on the Guadeloupe Islands. Not only were the Guadeloupe beaches breathtaking, but the french influence local culture, and food make it unique from other destinations in the Caribbean.
Have any questions about our Guadeloupe travel guide or want to share your own tips? Feel free to comment below!
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Where To Stay In Guadeloupe
Ultra Luxury (High End) – La Toubana Hotel & Spa – Swim all day in one of nicest beaches in the world or from the hotel pool overlooking the beautiful ocean. This hotel is perfect for anyone looking for luxury on the island.
Fun Vacation (Mid Range) – Habitation Grande Anse – You’ll need a car for your stay, but it will be worth the adventure. Just a short walk from our favorite beach you’ll be secluded in the jungle, and still close to all the small beach town action.
Hostel Life (Budget) – Butterfly Hostel – Located in a popular and lively area of the island, everything will be within your reach. You can relax in the common area or take a quick walk down to the beautiful beaches!
For more places to stay in Guadeloupe you can explore the latest prices here!
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