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Welcome to the Guadeloupe Islands! With a different personality that captures the spirit of each, you’ll soon discover why you should take your next “vacay” in this part of the French Caribbean that we simply describe as breathtaking or stupéfiant!
Guadeloupe’s black heritage tells the story of early settlements by the Caribs and Arawaks and also of slavery and freedom. The French oversea region’s narrative is beautifully told throughout the islands at 14 sites that are part of the circuit called The Slave Route and include:
- The Fort Louis-Delgres (Basse-Terre)
- The Fort Fleur-D-Epee (Grande-Terre)
- The Habitation Roussel-Trianon (Marie-Galante)
For a unique and unforgettable learning experience, a visit to the Memorial ACTe (MACTe), the Caribbean Center of Expressions and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery, should be high on your list. Built on the site of the former Darboussier sugar factory on the island of Grande-Terre, MACTe is comprised of permanent and temporary exhibitions that take you through light to intense experiences as you discover the historical and cultural aspects of Guadeloupe. For more information, visit www.memorial.acte.fr.
Located near their French neighbors of Martinque and St. Barthélemy (or St. Barts as many Americans call it), and just 25-45 minutes apart from each other, the islands capture the beauty and traditions that make Guadeloupeans proud.
Basse-Terre (Majestic) – The highest island in the archipelago, Basse-Terre is known as a paradise for those who love the outdoors, fishing and hiking.
Grand-Terre (Fascinating) – Another favorite for outdoor enthusiasts and the island home of the city Pointe-a-Pitre which is known for its lively markets, port, café sand colonial homes.
Marie-Galante (Authentic) – As the biggest of the surrounding islands, Marie-Galante and the people are known for their authentic and simplistic say of life.
Les Saintes (Mind Blowing) – Dazzling scenery is captured on what is actually two islands with mountains and coral-rich waters.
Les Desirade (Surprising) – This sanctuary is home to rare wildlife and said to be in pristine conditions, making it a haven away from life’s worries.
Start Planning Your Trip
Already going and looking to get around and experience the islands? Guadeloupe Shuttle is your vacation partner for a memorable time. From airport transfers, island tours to helping you take that dive of a lifetime, they are one of the island’s trusted transportation services for individuals and groups. www.guadeloupe-shuttle.fr.
Getting There, Where to Stay and What to Do
- Saint Anne’s Market and Beach (Grand-Terre) for shopping and eating.
- Point Des Chateaux (Grand-Terre) for an afternoon hike with gorgeous views.
- The Slave Steps (Grand-Terre) – Find 49 stone steps carved by slaves at the foot of the Church of Petit Canal.
- Coffee Museum (Basse-Terre) tour the former planation that still make coffee.
- Rum tasting and beach time on Marie-Galante.
- Carbet Falls (Basse-Terre) – Marked hiking trail that will take you to three tumble falls.
- Enjoy a half or full day of sailing on either of the five islands.
- Take a ferry to hop between an island or two.
For more trip planning ideas, visit http://www.guadeloupe-islands.com.
Vacay in the Guadeloupe Islands