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Guadeloupe: the most beautiful island of the French Antilles

Bonjour! Meet Guadeloupe: a French paradise in the Caribbean Sea.

French life in the tropics

Where French wine and Caribbean rum meet; there you will find Guadeloupe. As part of the French Antilles, Guadeloupe is a piece of France in an exotic atmosphere. On the islands of Guadeloupe people mainly speak French and you can easily pay with the euro.

White sand beaches

Are you ready for a heavenly holiday full of swaying palm trees, coconuts, and white sand beaches? Then put down your towel on the beach of Guadeloupe and enjoy the warm Caribbean sun. Don't forget to get up every now and then to explore this beautiful island. We provide the 5 best travel tips for a holiday in Guadeloupe.

What to do on Guadeloupe? 5 tips

  1. Take a refreshing dip in the waterfall in the tropical rainforest of Guadeloupe. The overwhelming nature on this island is best felt during a hike through the tropical rainforest of the national park on Basse-Terre. Can you spot the hummingbird? Cool off under a meter-high waterfall when your are halfway.
  2. Guadeloupe's underwater world is one of the most beautiful diving areas in the world. Off the coast, you can discover the kilometer-long reef with tropical fish, sea turtles, and colorful coral while snorkeling or diving
  3. Go paragliding: a must for the real daredevil! See the beautiful coves and imposing cliffs of Guadeloupe from a bird's eye view. There are several places on the island where you can go parasailing
  4. On the island of Basse-Terre, you can climb the active volcano La Soufrière, accompanied by a guide. The volcano is also the highest point of the island and guarantees you some pretty pictures
  5. Step inside a rum distillery and taste the sweet Antillean rum

Hop on the Ferry: rum tasting on Marie-Galante

Marie-Galante is perhaps the most beautiful island of the Guadeloupe archipelago. Take the ferry to this peaceful paradise that looks like a postcard: white sand beaches, palm trees and an azure blue sea. On Marie-Galante you will find a few hotels and restaurants. But real mass tourism is definitely hard to find here.

How to get from Guadeloupe (Grande-Terre) to Marie-Galante: take the ferry from the port city of Pointe-à-Pitre in 45 minutes to Grand-Bourg or Saint Louis on Marie-Galante

Mills for rum production

All over Guadeloupe you can see the sugar cane plantations where the Caribbean rum originated. But the world's best rum comes from little Marie-Galante. You will find a few distilleries here where you can taste different types of Caribbean rum. Ruins of windmills characterize the landscape on Marie-Galante. These mills were formerly used in the sugar cane industry.

Travel from France to Guadeloupe

From France, you fly directly to Guadeloupe. Fly from Paris with Air France to Pointe-à-Pitre Guadeloupe. The flight time is just over 8 hours.

Hop on the Ferry to Martinique and Dominica

Can't get enough of the Caribbean? The area is ideal for island hopping by ferry. For example, combine your trip to Guadeloupe with the French island of Martinique or British Dominica. The ferry connections between the islands are excellent. The different shipping companies offer multiple departures per day, so plan your trip the way you want.

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