7 Reasons to Visit Guadeloupe

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1. Discover the French touch

Guadeloupe Islands combine the best of the French modern infrastructure with genuine Caribbean heritage. Located in the French West Indies, Guadeloupe Islands is the ultimate French Caribbean experience.

2. Francophone culture, just a few hours away

Forget the eight-hour flight (or god forbid the twelve hours of travel with a layover in Helsinki), Guadeloupe is only a few hour away from the US. Non-stop flights from New York are just over four hours long, and flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale clock in at about three-and-a-half hours.

Flights from Miami twice a week (MIA, American Airlines), flights from Fort Lauderdale 3 times a week (FLL, Norwegian) and 6 flights a week from New York City (JFK, Norwegian Ailrines)

3. A natural earthly paradise

Ecrevisse waterfall in Basse-Terre

Whether you want tropical adventure or lazy days at the beach, there’s a diverse array of options for exploring nature in Guadeloupe. The archipelago is composed of five islands, each one different from the next. You’ll find white sand beaches, a massive volcano (La Soufrière), green tropical forests, rolling hills and flat plains… it’s an endless paradise to explore.

4. A foodie’s gateway

Brunch at Toubana Hotel & Spa

The perfect mix between French cuisine and Creole flavor awaits you. The fresh seafood, good coffee (and we mean really good, not like the bitter stuff in France), chocolate, spices, and exquisite local dishes are certain to make you drool.

5. Adventure and sports all around

Dome of la Soufrière volcano, in Basse-Terre. In the distance, Les Saintes islands

Go deep-sea fishing, rappel down canyons, run through fishing villages at sunrise, horseback ride down the beach, hike volcanic trails, kite surf over lagoons, surf a few waves, stand-up paddleboard over beautiful seabeds, take a bike ride around the islands… the possibilities for exploring the land and sea of this natural paradise are limitless.

6. Phenomenal accommodations

There aren’t many independent hotels chains in the Caribbean where you’re sure to get a quality stay with all the amenities you’ll want during your stay, but Des Hôtels & Des Îles is one of the rare options. They have five hotels in all of Guadeloupe.

Perfect for families, La Créole Beach Hôtel & Spa provides a good balance of adventure and leisure. On Grande-Terre, this four-star sits in the heart of a magnificent tropical garden by the seafront, in the middle of a palm grove, surrounded by flowers, the Creole atmosphere of this place will captivate you. The location is ideal for exploring the islands: Marie-Galante, les Saintes, La Désirade, and of course Basse-Terre.

La Toubana Hotel & Spa

Stay in a bungalow at the four-star Toubana Hôtel & Spa in Sainte-Anne. This boutique hotel is one of the to-be places in the Caribbean thanks to its location right on the water and its modern decor with bright island colors. You’ll be in vacation-mode from the moment you arrive and see the infinity pool, private beach, and spa treatment options.

Nestled between the mountains and a gorgeous white sand beach, the three-star Langley Resort Fort Royal is tropical living at its best. Whether you’re staying in a room or a private bungalow, you’re sure to spend your days doing water sports, lounging around the pool, and lying on the beach at this all-inclusive hotel. Located in Basse-Terre, overlooking the Kawan Islet and Tête à l’Anglais, the sunsets are truly unforgettable.

Jardin Malanga

Trees growing coffee beans, cacao, bananas, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit grow up around the three-star Jardin Malanga Hotel, in a six-hectare tropical garden. Stay in the main colonial house, dating back to 1927, or one of the three magnificent cottages. A charming jewel of a hotel, you’re bound to fall in love with this oasis in nature.

The eco-chic Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf course is the perfect destination for golfers and sporty vacationers. Located on Grande-Terre in the heart of the Saint-François village, you’ll be staying in the middle of the action, surrounded by the most beautiful lagoon in Guadeloupe, a marina, an internationally-known 18-hole golf course, and the island’s beautiful beaches. With boat rentals, surfing lessons, scuba diving, kite surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and more water sports, you’ll never be bored.

7. The glorious Caribbean Sea

Petite-Terre (Saint-Francois Giraud)

Who has not dreamed of living on a houseboat on the Caribbean if just for one day? Imagine: watching the sunset from the middle of a lagoon, hearing just the sounds of the wind and waves, surrounded by nothing but sparkling turquoise water. That’s what it’s like staying on the Aqua Lodge, an 860-square-foot boat with two rooms, a kitchen, an outdoor living space, and an upstairs deck. Take a Zodiac boat ashore to explore the island, or stay on board and discover the surrounded sea floor with the stand-up paddleboard, a kayak, and snorkeling equipment on board. 

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