With its fine sandy beaches, lush jungles, year-round tropical climate, exceptional cultural and culinary heritage and numerous activities, Guadeloupe offers a dream setting for a vacation in the Caribbean.
This archipelago is easily recognizable thanks to its two main islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, in the shape of a butterfly, separated by the Rivière Salée. We also distinguish Guadeloupe by its famous active volcano, but at eruptive rest, the Soufrière.
Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, occupied by the Spaniards, then by the French who took possession of it in 1635 to cultivate sugar cane, Guadeloupe today presents an amalgam of cultures. The islands are populated by people of African, Indian, South American and European origins.
This happy blend of history and traditions is at the very heart of Guadeloupe’s culinary culture. You can taste African flavors and perfumes from India. The dishes are often hearty with spicy sauces, based on local fish or seafood.
The typical dishes of Guadeloupe are sprinkled with various spices from all over the world.
During a trip to Guadeloupe, you could taste one of these typical dishes:
- The court-bouillon, a tomato fish broth served with rice and red beans.
- Ti-nain cod, a dish made with dried cod, green plantains and spices.
- Colombo, also called Caribbean curry, made with Indian spices and meat or fish.
- Le Tourment d’Amour, a delicious pastry from Les Saintes, made with coconut and tropical fruits.
- The acras, small fritters with cod, shrimp or vegetables, served with almost every meal.
The Carnival of Guadeloupe
From the first Sunday of January, the biggest celebration of the West Indies begins: the Carnival of Guadeloupe. Once a week, almost everywhere on the islands, colorful celebrations take place for almost 2 months where rhythmic music resounds.
A gigantic parade also takes place on Shrove Sunday, February 19, 2023 in Pointe-à-Pitre and an amazing night parade in Basse-Terre on Shrove Tuesday, February 21, 2023. This is a unique event not to be missed!
There are activities for all tastes in Guadeloupe.
- Climb to the summit of the Soufrière volcano which rises to 1,467 meters,
- Go scuba diving at the Cousteau Reserve, whether you are beginners or qualified,
Coral reef, shipwrecks, reefs, colorful fish; Guadeloupe is perfect for diving enthusiasts.
- Taste the local cuisine,
- Bask on the most beautiful beaches,
- Paddling in a kayak in Grand-Cul-de-Sac Marin,
- Admire the 1500 tropical species of the Botanical Garden of Deshaies,
- Walk on the Route de la Traversée, a 17-kilometre circuit from one end of Basse-Terre Island to the other.
Le Pain de Sucre is a pretty volcanic hill located in the Baie des Saintes, classified as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Guadeloupe benefits from an ideal climate all year round, but the best season to go there is during the dry season, from December to April, during which temperatures fluctuate between 25°C and 32°C.
Air Transat serves Pointe-à-Pitre from Montreal twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays, from December 21, 2022 to April 30, 2023. Then, once a week, from May 7, 2023 to June 4, 2023. The flight live is 4 hours 55 minutes long.
- To taste the local cuisine: The Creole Table, Basse-Terre
- For the Caribbean decor and the Creole cuisine: Le Zagaya, Saint-Francois
- To taste the bokits and the banana flambé: The Creole stopover on the island of Saintes
- For a cocktail at sunset, feet in the sand: Karacoli, Basse-Terre
The beaches :
- Caravelle Beach, Sainte-Anne: perfect sandy cove lined with coconut palms
- Bois-Jolan beach, Sainte-Anne: turquoise water, shallow and many corals
- Grande Anse Beach, Trois-Rivières: black sand beach near the baths of Dolé
- Langley Resort Fort Royal, a 3-star hotel by the sea in Deshaies.
- Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf, a 3-star property in the heart of the entertaining Saint-François district.
- Karibea Beach Resort Clipper, 3-star accommodation with direct access to Gosier beach.
The Karibea Beach Resort Clipper Le Gosier is a 3-star hotel just a 10-minute walk from Anse Tabarin beach.
TO KNOW :
- The official language is French. Antillean Creole is also spoken there.
- The currency is the euro (€).
- The capital is Pointe-à-Pitre.
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