Are you traveling to Guadeloupe, the “Island of beautiful waters”? Discover the best citie to stay in Guadeloupe!
Located in the Caribbean archipelago, in the northern hemisphere, Guadeloupe is ideally situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. With a total population of 397,990 inhabitants (2015) covering an area of 1,434 km², the island attracts nearly half a million visitors per year (580,000 tourists in 2016). And for a good reason: a tropical climate with an average temperature of 80°F, heavenly beaches, a mountainous and lush green nature, there is everything to travel alone or in groups and at any age, for all tastes. Between the cities of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, there will be so much to keep you busy.
To stay in Guadeloupe, there are several options: you can rent a room or private house via Airbnb, book a hotel room, a bungalow, or set-up your tent on a campsite. Prices may, therefore, vary according to the type of accommodation, the season – high or low – and the geographical location. Discover the best places to stay in Guadeloupe.
The western part of the island features many hiking trails, the départementalo-domaniale forest (county forest) – home to the famous active volcano La Grande Soufrière, rising at 1467 meters – and very rich fauna and flora. This part of Guadeloupe is quieter, less urbanized, and less touristy. This is where you should come to stay if you are looking to spend a quiet holiday in a peaceful setting. Saint-Claude, Basse-Terre, Trois-Rivières, Vieux Fort, Morne Rouge, Deshaies, Bouillante, Petit Bourg and Sainte-Rose, are the largest municipalities in the area. On Basse-Terre, enjoy beautiful walks in the tropical forest, climb the Soufrière volcano – nicknamed “vié madanm la” (“the old lady”), whose dome forms a truncated cone with a 900-meter diameter at its base.
Back from the volcano, don’t miss Capesterre-Belle-Eau falls and the Carbet Falls. Be careful, the waterfalls attract 400,000 visitors per year and are often crowded. Listed as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO since 1992, the mountain and tropical forest of Basse-Terre boast exceptional biodiversity. Finally, discover the Grand-Cul-de-Sac-Marin, a large bay of 15,000 hectares located between Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre. And of course, visit the rum distilleries! Basse-Terre is an excellent place to stay in Guadeloupe if you’re keen to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing holiday.
Grande-Terre, the eastern part of Guadeloupe, is home to the largest cities in the region. These include Pointe-à-Pitre (207,997 inhabitants, more than half of the island’s population), Sainte-Anne, and Saint-François. Must-see sites in Grande-Terre include the Pointe des Châteaux, the Porte d’Enfer, and the Pointe de la Grande Vigie. It is also and above all where you come to idle all day long with your family, lay your towel under the coconut trees, and have a cocktail at the nearest bar: Grande-Terre is home to the most beautiful beaches of Guadeloupe.
They are protected by a coral reef and bordered by very calm waters, that can reach 81F°. There is something for everyone here: snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, or just enjoying a relaxing time on the beautiful sandy beaches. If you are young and keen to go out, Pointe-à-Pitre’s rums bars are a great choice. And then, visiting Guadeloupe without going to a rum distillery would be like visiting New York without seeing the Statue of Liberty: an absolute must-do! Choose Grande-Terre to stay in Guadeloupe if you have a preference for beachside and urban living.
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