Guadeloupe is a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and is a French overseas department. The archipelago comprises two main islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, as well as several smaller islands, such as Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and La Désirade. The population is approximately 400,000.
Guadeloupe has a tropical climate, with high temperatures and high humidity throughout the year. The island is located outside the main hurricane belt, which means that it is less likely to be affected by hurricanes. The rainy season runs from June to October, and the dry season from November to May. Temperatures generally range between 25 and 30°C (77 and 86°F) throughout the year.
Boating in Guadeloupe is a popular activity, especially during the dry season. The island group is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and lush tropical landscapes, making it an ideal destination for those who enjoy sailing. Guadeloupe has a good marina infrastructure, with marinas such as Marina Bas du Fort and Marina Port Louis offering mooring and maintenance services to yachts.
Guadeloupe is an excellent base for exploring the Eastern Caribbean, with a wide variety of islands to visit, such as Dominica, Martinique and Saint Martin. Sailing around the islands is a great opportunity to explore different cultures and customs, as well as enjoying the natural beauty of the Caribbean.
The island group is also popular for its snorkelling and diving opportunities, with a wide variety of marine life, from colourful coral reefs to shipwrecks, to discover. Guadeloupe is also known for having some of the best wind and wave conditions for windsurfers and kite-surfers.
Guadeloupe has a rich cultural heritage, with a mix of French and Caribbean influences. Sailing in Guadeloupe is an excellent opportunity to explore the island's culture, history and cuisine. Visitors can explore the island's museums, historical sites and traditional markets, and enjoy the local cuisine, which is a blend of French and Creole flavours.
Overall, Guadeloupe is a beautiful and diverse archipelago that offers something for everyone. Whether you want to explore the culture and history of the island or set sail on a yacht, Guadeloupe is sure to leave a lasting impression. With its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and lush tropical landscapes, Guadeloupe is an ideal destination for yachting enthusiasts and a must visit for all Caribbean sailors.
Capital : Basse-Terre Spoken language : French and Creole Currency : Euros (€)
When to go : Ideal destination in all seasons, Guadeloupe benefits from a warm climate rocked by the trade winds. Avoid the months of June to November, for the numerous cyclones.
Our favorites : the torments of love in Les Saintes, the markets of Pointe-à-Pitre, the Carbet falls, and the great sea cul-de-sac for its breathtaking view.
To visit by boat : Grande-Terre, Basse-Terre, Les Saintes, Marie-Galante, La Désirade, Kahouanne islet.
Events not to be missed : Don't miss the carnival and its colourful festivities. Dance the night away at the Terre de Blues festival or discover local produce at the Crab Festival.
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