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Guadeloupe : When and where to go?
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Guadeloupe: Climate & Weather
The tropical climate has high humidity with pleasant temperatures of around 25°C all year round.
24°C - 75°F
Basse-Terre, updated 00:30 GMT
What to do in Guadeloupe
The West Indies bring to mind an image of paradise; the glorious beaches and hot sun: Guadeloupe is no exception, but you should add the marked Creole identity that gives the final touch to this destination.
Pointe-à-Pitre can be explored through its several markets, both fragrant and colourful. Visit the Museum of Saint-John Perse devoted to the poet and later you could stop off at the aquarium, also discover the National Park of Guadeloupe on the way to the top of Soufrière, where you can admire the island after you have seen the permanent exhibition at the Maison du Volcan.
On Basse-Terre, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Floral Park in Petit-Bourg, the Carbet Falls and the Archaeological Park of Engraved Rocks in Trois-Rivieres, there are also the hot springs in Bouillante to visit...
Later, take a boat to the Saintes and main island, Terre-de-Haut with its pretty little colorful houses and picturesque boats.
La Désirade offers white sandy beaches to the south, and it has an unspoilt and windy northern coast, where you will feel like the only person in the world.
On Marie-Galante, you can enjoy the freedom of hiking around the Grand-Bourg, visit the Grande-Anse Refinery and practice snorkeling.
Guadeloupe : The basics
There are daily flights between France and Guadeloupe.
Only an identity card is required for French citizens to enter into Guadeloupe, other European citizens require a passport.
The currency in circulation is the Euro.
The budget required varies between moderate to fairly expensive: A room in a hostel will cost about €50 per night and a decent meal in a restaurant about €15, but it can be less if you eat in the street stalls that sell local dishes.
There are no particular health issues to worry about, but there are some points that should be noted: Make sure your normal vaccines are up to date, protect yourself from the sun, and take care with the Manzanillo tree, it looks like an apple tree, but is extremely toxic. Also, be careful concerning AIDS.
For local transportation the car is the most practical option to travel around the island. There are also buses that leave from Pointe-à-Pitre, and airplanes that connect almost all the islands.