Unfurling like a vibrantly painted butterfly in the heart of the Caribbean, Guadeloupe, known as the "Butterfly Island," beckons travelers with its kaleidoscope of cultures, colours, and creole cuisine.
Each wing of this French overseas region - Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre - pulses with its own unique heartbeat, offering a rich blend of natural beauty, vibrant traditions, and gastronomic delights.
Grande-Terre, the eastern wing, delights visitors with its golden beaches, bustling markets, and sugar cane fields, an echo of its colonial past. Its vibrant capital, Pointe-à-Pitre, blends Afro-Caribbean energy with French elegance, its streets filled with colorful markets, colonial architecture, and the evocative sounds of zouk music.
The western wing, Basse-Terre, reveals a more rugged beauty. Venture into the heart of the Guadeloupe National Park, home to the La Soufrière volcano and a paradise for nature lovers with its lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. Explore the Cousteau Reserve for a surreal underwater experience as you swim among vibrant corals and tropical fish.
As night falls, surrender to the rhythms of Gwo Ka music, a blend of African drumming and dance that is integral to Guadeloupean culture. Savour the unique flavours of Guadeloupean Creole cuisine, a fusion of French, African, and Indian influences, best exemplified in the island's signature dish, Colombo.
As a part of France, Guadeloupe follows EU visa policies. Citizens of the EU, US, Canada, and many other countries can visit without a visa for up to 90 days.
The official currency is the Euro (EUR).
French is the official language, but Creole is widely spoken.
WiFi and SIM Cards
WiFi is widely available in hotels and cafes. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from local providers, including Orange and SFR.
Health and Safety
Guadeloupe is generally safe for travelers. Healthcare services are good, but medical insurance is recommended. Dengue fever is prevalent; protect yourself against mosquito bites.
Here's another tip (or trick, you decide): Guadeloupe is a paradise for rum enthusiasts. Distilleries dot the island, offering opportunities to learn about the rum-making process and taste the rich, dark spirit. Don't miss the chance to sample some 'rhum agricole' straight from the source.