Bespoke holidays and honeymoons to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
The islands that make up Guadeloupe in the French West Indies are recognisable from their ‘butterfly’ shape. It’s actually an archipelago with two main islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. Other islands include Marie-Galante, Iles des Saintes, La Desirade and Iles de la Petite Terre. In the northern group of the Windward Isles in the Caribbean, Guadeloupe has a tropical mix of rainforests, waterfalls, sandy beaches and charming villages.
The two main islands are separated by a narrow channel of water, the left “wing” is Grande-Terre, and the right “wing” is Basse-Terre. Offshore, on smaller surrounding islands, you can step into societies that have changed little over the centuries. On Terre-de-Haut, part of the Iles des Saintes, you’ll find pristine beaches and families descended from Breton sailors. Marie-Galante in the southeast, has spectacular beaches and produces some of the Caribbean’s best rum – remnants of colonial sugar mills are quaint reminders of the island’s past as a sugar producer. To the northeast, La Désirade is a recommended day trip for its untouched landscape and beaches. Some of the beaches are available for ‘au naturel’ sunbathing!
The more sophisticated Grande-Terre boasts white sand beaches and rolling hills and is the centre for tourism with a great choice of restaurants, bars and shops. The island’s biggest town, Pointe-à-Pitre, is a European-style shopping village offering goods with ‘made in France’ labels – and at savings of an estimated 20 to 30 percent. Museums abound here. Saint-John Perse and the Schoelcher Museum are housed in colonial manors. The Edgar Clerc archaeological museum enlightens visitors about Guadeloupe’s Amerindian ancestors. Also of interest are the zoological garden, the orchid garden, or coffee and cocoa plantations.
Basse-Terre is the centre for Natural History lovers. An astounding volcano, La Soufrière, which lies sleeping at its center, is the Eastern Caribbean’s highest point at 4,813 feet. Drive or hike through the nearby rainforests in the 74,100 acre Parc National de Guadeloupe, or spend a day on Grand Anse, one of the island’s best beaches, known for especially soft sand. The wildlife here is stunning, birds found here include sugar birds, cow herons, black woodpeckers, moor hen sand brown gannets.
Surfers can enjoy their sport here year round though the main surf season is October to May.
Imports from France and natural tropical fruits and seafood make Guadeloupe a haven for food lovers. There are hundreds of restaurants, some on the front porches of local homes. Lunch, or le déjeuner, is the main meal of the day. Start with a rum drink, then try creole creations such as stuffed land crabs, stewed conch and curry dishes. French wines are commonly served with the meal. There is a Cooks festival in August.
Made famous recently with the TV show ‘Death in Paradise’ find out for yourself what this tropical island can offer you!
There are no direct flights from the UK but you can fly via France. Average temperatures are 28 – 32C and the heaviest rain falls between July and November.
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