… The ‘Butterfly Island’
Looking for an active and diverse holiday and also one where you can relax on stunning golden beaches and swim in crystal clear blue sea? Then Guadeloupe could be for you.
Authentic Caribbean-off the beaten track
Stunning scenery & beaches
Famous from being the location of BBC's 'Death in Paradise'
Start your holiday to Guadeloupe:
It’s a beautiful archipelago and region of France, in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean. Perfect for families, honeymooners and explorers seeking adventure and looking for something different. As well as superb beaches, stunning scenery and wealth of activities, there’s also the unique Creole cuisine, music and dance. Discover the land of BBC’s ‘Death in Paradise’… and live life to the full!
Our Top 5 Reasons To Visit Guadeloupe:
1. Gorgeous and diverse islands
There are 6 inhabited islands. Base-Terre and Grand-Terre are the two main islands joined together by bridges. Their shape resembles a butterfly hence Guadeloupe is often called ‘Butterfly Island.’ Other islands include Iles des Saintes, La Desirade and Marie Galante.
BASE-TERRE has the National Park of Guadeloupe, beautiful waterfalls, natural springs, banana fields, mountains, rainforest and la Soufriere active volcano. Standing proud at 1467 metres, it’s a 1 and half hour walk up, with tremendous views. Take a dip in the pool below Cascade aux Ecrevisses waterfall.
Begin your holiday to Guadeloupe:
GRAND-TERRE is more sheltered and good for swimming and sailing with a variety of beach towns. Take a short ferry to ILES DES SAINTES and its attractive harbour Terre-de-Haut, spectacular beaches and historical sites.
Tranquil LA DESIRADE, a former leper colony, offers deserted beaches, perfect to swim and snorkel from. Go back in time to authentic MARIE-GALANTE with its sensational beaches.
Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are all superb. The best area for diving is near Pigeon Island. Jet skiing, windsurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, sailing, paragliding and kayaking are all available, with surfing off the north coast of Grand-Terre. Hiking and cycling are popular land activities.
3. Explore ‘Death in Paradise’ LocationsThe fictional island St Marie, on the BBC programme, is in fact Guadeloupe. Most of the filming was in the NW of Basse -Terre in the Deshaies region, and you can discover and explore locations such as the police station and Catherine’s beachfront café at your leisur
4. Nouvelle-Creole Cuisine
Each island offers a mix of European, African, Indian and Orient cuisine with its own unique flair. Fresh fish and seafood are featured widely on menus…try clam chowder, grilled lobster and the variety of local fruits and vegetables. To drink…locally produced white rum made from the juice of sugar cane, and strong Guadeloupe coffee!
5. History and Culture
The ACTe memorial centre on Grand-Terre which opened in 2015, focuses on the history of slavery in the Caribbean.
Music has a long history on Guadeloupe. Traditional Gwoka drum music, with its roots in slavery, can be heard in carnivals today accompanied by rhythmic and colourful Beguine dance.
Pick up a souvenir or local produce in the markets, such as the one at Sainte- Anne.
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When To Go
Guadeloupe’s dry season is January to June and its wet season is July to December.
Avoid hurricane season, which is 1st June to 30th November.
Flight time is around 11.5 hours.
Indirect flights from the UK via Paris.