Formerly called Karukera, Guadeloupe owes its name to Christopher Columbus who discovered it after his voyage to the New World. Known for its zouk and rum, Guadeloupe is an island of amazing diversity. It is where the beaches rush towards the ocean and where the wild nature regains its rights. Young and old alike will find their happiness at the top of a volcano, in the shade of a banana tree, kicking out of a wave, or behind their mask and snorkel in the depths of the sea.
Butterfly of the Caribbean, Guadeloupe spreads its wings in 2: Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, crossed by the Rivière Salée. From Marie-Galante to the Saintes archipelago, to the Désirade, let yourself be surprised by its islands rich in diversity, its tropical mangrove swamps and its heavenly beaches.
In the south-west of Grande-Terre, in the heart of a magnificent tropical park and facing the Caribbean Sea, is the splendid Créole Hôtel Beach & Spa****. Only 7 km from the centre of Pointe-à-Pitre, this luxury establishment of Guadeloupean inspiration welcomes you in an enchanting setting. In the heart of a magnificent seaside resort, children will have fun at the aquarium or in the swimming pool. Water sports are in the spotlight and are suitable for young and old alike! Qualified instructors will do everything they can to satisfy your little ones!
It is off the Caribbean Sea, on the paradise island of Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe, that you’ll find the incredible La Caravelle Club Med. This exceptional all-inclusive hotel, housed in a lush environment, is the ideal place to spend a peaceful and quiet family holiday. Lovers of water sports in particular will be delighted with the various options available directly from the hotel’s beach, which can be reached in 40 minutes from Pointe-à-Pitre airport.
Creole cuisine will amaze your taste buds. On the restaurants’ menu, you will be spoilt for choice. Fish and shellfish lovers will enjoy cod accras (fritters), blaff (broth with sea urchin, fish or shellfish eggs), fish or crayfish broth. Even more exotic, take a risk by tasting touffé de requin (stewed shark). Chicken can be eaten with coconut sauce or spices (chicken Colombo), and can be cooked slowly over a wood fire (boucané chicken). As a side dish, rice, red beans and plantains will be a highlight on your table. It will also be the occasion to taste forgotten tubers such as cassava, taro or yam.
If you have a sweet tooth, the Antilles will open the gates to paradise for you: Blanc-manger coco (a kind of flan made from coconut milk) or banana flambé with rum. The delicious exotic fruits are incorporated into the country’s most refined pastries. And to finish off with a glass – or two – of rum or a ti-punch (a cocktail made from lime and sugar cane) to help you digest.
Guadeloupe is an island with a rich heritage. The Ti-Moun (children in Creole) won’t be bored not even for a second! From Pointe-à-Pitre to the Cocoa Museum, what better way to discover the history and culture of the island while having fun?
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Guadeloupe enjoys a tropical climate and pleasant temperatures. Located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator, it enjoys a relatively high level of sunshine. Temperatures are mild, between 20 and 30 degrees all year round. Winter is the best season to get there. It is in the dry season called « Lent », a hot period that takes place from December to May. The rainy season, called « wintering », is wet. Rains are more frequent from June to December. It is therefore the low season. Good to know: the sun in the Antilles rises early from 5:30 am and sets around 6:30 pm.
Bonvini a Gwadloup (Welcome to Guadeloupe)!
Maud, 29 years old, passionate about writing and travel, from Hainaut, Belgium