Looking for a taste of the Caribbean mixed with a slice of French?
The tiny islands that make up les iles de Guadeloupe are the secret Caribbean islands of France. The five archipelagoes that make up the island is a holidaymaker’s heaven with its French influenced Caribbean style and features. From Grande-Terre in the east to Basse-Terre in the west – two of the biggest islands in the group—close enough to be connected by a short bridge, you will discover a paradise of volcanoes, tropical rainforests, amazing waterfalls, sugar plantations and lots more. In between these are the much smaller but equally fashionable tourist resort islands of Les Saintes, La Desirade and Marie-Galante.
While Basse-Terre is amazing for its rainforests, canyons, waterfalls and hot springs, a visit to the Guadeloupe National Park through Route de la Traversee is a must see. This is the site of the Crayfish Waterfall or Cascade aux Ecrevisses. Here, you can take a swim with people from almost every country in the world.
Amidst this mixture of exciting natural features and great all season weather, you will have no choice but to have the time of your life.
Explore the nature, culture and custom of Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe has long been a favourite tourist destination for holidaymakers. French speaking visitors will enjoy hearing the lingua franca while stopping over at cafés and boulangeries for a piece of croissant and a cup of espresso. English speaking visitors are not left out as the English language has become popular since cheap direct flights from the US to the islands commenced in 2015.
If you enjoy experiencing diverse cultures, then Guadeloupe will give you just that. The islands have a rich mix of African, European, Indian, Hispanic, Caribbean, French and Amerindian cultures, which gives Guadeloupe a sense of “je ne sais quoi.”
For a taste of French architecture, you will want to pay a visit to the delightful Cathedrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul located at Rue de l’Eglise, while Pointe-a-Pitre offers visitors and shoppers everything from French jewelries and perfumes to locally crafted scarves, clothes and gift items.
Guadeloupe is incomplete without a visit to the well preserved Fort Napoleon with its panoramic view over Les Saintes Bay and the rest of the island which is a designated UNESCO world heritage centre and one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
If you are looking for the perfect tropical paradise with proper French bonhomie, look no further than les iles de Guadeloupe.