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Guadeloupe at a Glance

Sunny Guadeloupe is one of the Caribbean's most developed islands and has beach towns, city life and rural mountainous areas that will satisfy everyone's tastes.

Grande Terre is the eastern island and home to the tourist resorts, best sandy beaches, surf schools, snorkeling expeditions and every conceivable kind of water fun. Put your toes in the aquamarine waters and get ready to relax and have a ball.  On Basse Terre, explore the slopes of the volcano La Sourfriere as you hike through tropical forests. When you come down the mountain, leave enough time to explore the Jacques Cousteau Preserve. With snorkel or scuba diving tank in hand, you are all set to have a fantastic time underwater.

For those who'd simply rather enjoy life's finer things, Guadeloupe has a fabulous restaurant scene. Work up an appetite and then set yourself in front of a formal three-course meal or plunk down in a cafe for some homey French-Caribbean cooking. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Pointe-a-Pietre International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to the French West Indies need a valid passport from their country of origin. Travelers from the U.S, Canada, Europe and a few other countries do not need a visa unless their trip will last longer than three months. Contact the French Embassy for more information on your personal travel requirements. American citizens can also refer to the U.S State Department's website

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather The Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June to November. These months tend to be rainier and stormier as a whole. 

      Safety Concerns Keep your personal belongings safe by leaving them out of sight. Avoid walking alone after dark.  

      Health Concerns Speak with your doctor about health concerns before traveling. Avoid swimming in freshwater while on the island as it is filled with parasites that will cause infection. Insect repellent will help you avoid getting bitten or catching illnesses from mosquitoes.