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    Guadeloupe is the perfect Caribbean destination for those seeking authenticity, natural beauty and a relaxed way of life. Located northeast of Antigua and south of Dominica, this butterfly-shaped island is a premier island hopping destination in the French West Indies. Guadeloupe is an archipelago made of 5 unique islands, including Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie Gallante, Les Saintes and La Desirade, each only a 20-45 minute boat ride from one another thanks to an efficient inter-island ferry system.

    Guadeloupe is a green activities paradise, and one of the Caribbean’s premier eco-tourism destinations. Preserving nature is a point of national pride, and visitors are encouraged to experience all of Guadeloupe’s diverse landscapes. The Guadeloupe National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, located on Basse-Terre, and features a vast tropical rainforest and La Soufriere volcano. Grande-Terre entices vacationers with its pristine beaches, rich heritage and blue lagoons, while Les Saintes Bay was named one of the top 10 bays in the world by UNESCO.

    Guadeloupe’s cuisine is a refined, creative fusion of local Creole and traditional French dishes. Over 200 restaurants serve food that is fresh from the farm and sea, and the dining experience ranges from gourmet to beachside food trucks that sell local Creole delicacies. Nine distilleries across the islands use time honored methods to producerum that is pure and distinct in flavor.

    For those who are seeking outdoor adventures, the options are endless, as the rainforest boasts 256 miles of hiking trails and 20+ waterfalls. Another popular activity is scuba diving at the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve and snapping a photo with a statue of the commander himself. Or visitors can simply opt for a colorful day of sunbathing, as Guadeloupe features black, white, pinkish and golden sand beaches set against crystal blue waters.

    Whatever you choose to do in Guadeloupe, experiencing joie de vivre, an exuberant enjoyment of life, is inevitable.

    Fast Facts

    Capital: Basse-Terre

    Language: French

    Currency: Euro. US Dollars & major credit cards are generally accepted.

    Exchange Rate: $1.00 US = .87 Euro (May 2016)

    High Season: December - May

    Low Season: July - November

    Climate: Temperate, tropical weather, varying from 75º-86ºF (24º-30ºC).

    Electricity: 220 AC Voltage

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    By Air: As more airlines begin to offer direct routes from the US to Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, the island is becoming easily accessible. Direct flights from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands are also available.

    Direct Flights From US:

    • American Airlines: Miami
    • Air France: Miami
    • Norwegian: JFK, Boston, Washington DC (BWI), Fort Lauderdale

     

    Ferries: While the two larger islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre can be accessed by modern roads, the outer islands of Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and La Desirade are connected by a ferry service from the mainland. Routes vary from 20-45 minutes, and round trip tickets can cost anywhere between 25-45 Euro. For a ferry schedule, click here.

    Entry Requirements: EU immigration rules apply. Some nationalities do not require a visa for stays less than 3 months, including US, Canadian and European citizens. All non-residents must have a valid passport and return ticket for entry. EU nationals can present a valid ID card for entry.

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