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GUADELOUPE HOLIDAYS   >   CARIBBEAN 


Department of Guadeloupe  -  Lesser Antilles  -  French West Indies  -  butterfly shaped island

The island Guadeloupe, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, is made a French Overseas Department on march 19th 1946, then a Region in 1974.

Six other islands belong to the archipelago of Guadeloupe:  Les Saintes,  la Désirade,  Petite Terre,  Marie Galante,  and finally in the north Saint Martin (split into a French and a Netherland section) and Saint Barth.


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Car Rental Guadeloupe

  Sixt   -    
Pick-Up Station / Return Station Abymes Airport / Horne Mamiel, Pointe de la Verdure / Karaibes Hotel, Raizet DT, St. Francoise DT.

Car rental

Holiday Homes

  DOMimma   -   Immobilier Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyane, Antilles
  St-Barths Properties
Extraordinary selection of private villas and preferred hotels on the island of St.Barthélemy.

Hotels in Guadeloupe

  

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

  Destination Archipel Guadeloupe

National Park / Eco Tourism

  Ecolambda
Connaître et protéger l'environnement insulaire caraïbe, promouvoir le développement intégré du site Lambda, organiser des évènements culturels créatifs en pleine nature.

Travel Agents/ Tour Operator

   -   Create your perfect trip to Guadeloupe
Flight, Hotel and Car.

  Onyx Travel   -   Holidays in Guadeloupe with Onyx Travel
Onyx Travel specialise in holidays to the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean and Réunion in the Indian Ocean.



  Club Med   -   La Caravelle, Grande Terre
Under the coconut trees, the beach... fine sand, transperant sea and a caribbean atmosphere, like all your dreams come true...
Sailing or flying trapeze, all the thrills under the sun on the most beautifull beach on Grande-Terre. Treat yourself!
  Ecolambda
Nature and heritage discovery in 10 hectares of natural spot. Shop, hiking tour the last Sunday of each month. Thematic visit, activity on sustainable growth.

Guadeloupe - ISBN 2012445764Travel Guide Guadeloupe / Related Books

Guadeloupe
Laëtitia Fernandez (Author), Michel Reinette (Author)
Paperback: 288 pages; Publisher: Hachette Tourisme (8 Sep 2010); ISBN-10: 2012445764; ISBN-13: 978-2012445765.

Map Guadeloupe - Martinique - Petites Antilles : 1/165 000
Map: 1 pages; Publisher: Berlitz (29 Jan 2007); Language English; ISBN-10: 9812681124; ISBN-13: 978-9812681126

Transport / How do I travel to Guadeloupe

  Guadeloup Airport   -   Aéroport Guadeloupe Pole Caraibes
  Airport Grande Case Espérance
  Juliana Airport in nearby Dutch St.Maarten, where flights arrive daily from both the USA and Europe. International carriers arriving at Juliana include American Airlines, Continental Airlines and US Air from the USA, and Air France, Corsair and KLM from Europe.

   -   flights to Guadeloupe
Book cheap flights to Guadeloupe at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

Air Caraïbes has several flights a week between San Juan and St. Barths via St. Martin.
From St. Maarten, WINAIR, Air Caraïbes, and St-Barth Commuter, make ten minute shuttle flights to St. Barths (SBH).

Guadeloupe - Martinique - Petites Antilles  1 : 165 000 - ISBN 9812681124  Airline Tickets /  Discount Flights  
Flight tickets Guadeloupe / Price comparison possible

  Rapid Explorer   -   High Speed Passenger Service between St. Maarten and St. Barths

  Maps International  - Maps of Guadeloupe   
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
Maps of the Antilles 
  Map Guadeloupe [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castañeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


Links
 

  Travel Insurance   -   online travel and holiday insurance for UK and Irish residents

  Government Guadeloupe   -   Préfecture de la Région Guadeloupe

  Guadeloupe Info   -   all kinds of information

  Les Saintes
  La Désirade
  Marie Galante Island
Bezard Windmill, Center of the Island of Marie Galante, Dorot Region, Grélin Region, Robert Plateau, The Sources
  Petite Terre
  St-.Barths [ St. Barts, St Barts, St Barths, Saint Barthelemy ]
Very small French Island and till so far very exclusive. In no way a budget travellers paradise. Because of its exclusivity, a holiday hide-out for musicians and celebrities.
To get there: Ferry from Sint Maarten. Airport on the northern part of the island. Beaches: Anse de Columbia Beach, Ainse Touny Beach.
  St. Martin   -   Maire St. Martin

  Anse à la Barque   -   Bouillante
C'est vraisemblablement la plus belle baie de la Côte-Sous-le-Vent, l'Anse à la Barque délimite la frontière entre la commune de Vieux-Habitants et celle de Bouillante. La mer s'engouffre, dans ce lieu, sur plus de 400 mètres, offrant aux bateaux un refuge privilégié par mauvais temps. Du large, les marins repèrent son entrée par deux phares ; l'un situé au fond de la baie, l'autre posté à l'extrémité nord.
  Baie Mahault   -   Ville de la Baie Mahault
Le portail de la ville de Baie Mahault toute l'actualité et les news de la commune.
  Basse-Terre
  Bouillante
  Capesterre Belle Eau
  Deshaie
  Gaussier
  Moule / Municipalite du Moule   -   Marie Le Moule   -   Tourist Office Moule
The city extends along the north shore of the Atlantic coast, east of Grande Terre. Its relief and climate offer an exceptional quality of life that is benefited first by the people, then agriculture and tourism.  The diverse countryside from the mangroves -where the birds take refuge- to the large natural beaches -with golden sand that run alongside lagoons cooled by the warm breezes of the Trade Winds blowing through the vegetation of the hilly back country which is so well maintained by farming; all that gives visitors the feeling of sharing an atmosphere of well being beside warm and inviting people.
  Parc archéologique des Roches Gravées
Le parc est situé à Trois-Rivières, non loin de l'embarcadère pour les Saintes. Situé sur un site très agréable, il est la preuve de l'intelligence et du bon goût des amérindiens.
On y découvre un très beau jardin tropical dans un dédale d'énormes blocs d'andésite. L'allée est pavée et bordée de vétiver, d'arbres du voyageur, de palmiers multipliants, une passerelle de bois pour franchir la rivière "aux cressons". La ballade dure 30 minutes environ, sur une superficie d'un hectare. Le promeneur découvre de magnifiques touffes de bougainvillées qui s'harmonisent avec les balisiers jaunes, rouges et verts et les alamanda, avant d'atteindre la première roche gravée "la tortue" et tout de suite après "les capitaines". Au milieu des "figuiers maudits", sur ces roches volcaniques sont gravées des motifs représentant des animaux, des hommes et des symboles étranges. Ces pétroglyphes datent de 300 ans après J.-C. et sont l'oeuvre des indiens Arawaks, les premiers habitants de l'île.
  Petit Canal
  Pointe-a-Pitre [ Grande-Terre ]   -   Maire de Pointe-a-Pitre
Le nom de la ville vient très probablement de celui d'un certain Peter, pêcheur hollandais arrivé là avec la première vague de migration en provenance du Brésil, semble-t-il.
Pointe-à-Pitre est devenu le centre industriel et commercial de l'archipel à la fin du XIXe siècle, avec l'installation de Dabourssier, la plus grosse sucrerie de la Guadeloupe (aujourd'hui fermée). 
Aujourd'hui, malgré un développement économique sensible des communes périphériques, Pointe-à-Pitre est toujours la principale ville commerçante, véritable galerie à ciel ouvert, avec des centaines de boutiques, magasins d'habillement, commerces alimentaires de gros, mais aussi nombre de restaurants...
  Pointe Noir
  Trois-Riviere

  Corossol   -   St. Barth
Small  fishermen village well-known for its international museum of the shell, the second private collection of this kind in the world and for its fibre basket made of latanier.
  Gustavia   -   Capital of the island St Barth
Built around a splendid harbour, Gustavia is famous for its gourmet restaurants, its smart bars and its many luxury shops which sell  without taxes the most prestigious mades: Cartier, Hermès, Ralph Lauren, Gucci....
  The Morne du Vivet
Climax of the island Saint barth. From up there, splendid panorama on the Caribbean Sea.

  Academie de Guadeloupe
  Aquarium de la Guadeloupe
  La Banane de Martinique   -   Bananas of Martinique
History | Environment | How to choose it | Health | Banana Recipes [ cocktails - dishes - dessert | Tourism [ Goodies [ drawings - wall paper ]
  Oasis Brosius, Route de Sainte Marthe, St Francois
Un Eden de plantes, d'arbustes, de fleurs, d'arbres et de fruits tropicaux d'une beauté et d'une profusion étonnantes Réalisation d'un homme amoureux de la nature.
  Parc Orchidee
  Sailing in Guadeloupe
Everything about yachting, navigation, marinas and ports, local and international regattas and races, charters, schools and vacation courses, shipyards, buying and selling, and more.
  University   -   Université Antilles-Guyane
  Vivre en Guadeloupe   -   Living in Guadeloupe

Cuisine  -  Guadeloupe Cooking Recipes

  Antilles Resto   -   le guide des restaurants et des recettes de cuisine creole
La gastronomie de Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyane, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin.
French Caribbean Cuisine   -   Stephanie Ovide
This marvellous cookbook contains over 150 authentic recipes from the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Favourites such as Avocado Charlotte, Fish Crepes Saintoise, and Fish Court Bouillon will beckon everyone to the table. Also included are a chapter on local drinks, a glossary on Caribbean food products and a list of sources where speciality ingredients can be purchased.
Hardcover 226 pages (July 2002);  Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0781809258

History of Guadeloupe

Independence: none (overseas department of France)

The original inhabitants were Arawak Indians. In 1493 during his second trip to America Christopher Columbus was the first European who set foot on the soil of Guadeloupe. The French took possession of the island in 1635. The following century saw the development of an economy based on sugar and slavery of Africans or their descendants. Slavery was definitely abolished by decree of April 27, 1848 at the initiative of Victor Schoelcher. See for more: Guadeloupe's History at Wikipedia.

  Lameca   -   Portes ouvertes sur la Caraïbe  -  Médiathèque Caraïbe Bettino Lara
Biblio Resources, Documentation Files & Articles
  La Maison du Volcan   -   Saint-Claude
La maison des volcans propose une exposition permanente pour mieux comprendre le phénomène volcanique. Elle relate les dernières éruptions de la Soufrière, notamment celle de 1976.
  Musée de l'histoire   -   Basse-Terre
  Musée du Rhum   -   Sainte-Rose
Le musée du Rhum s'est installé dans l'ancienne distillerie Reimonenq, au milieu d'un beau parc. Il présente les techniques de fabrication du rhum au cours de ces trois derniers siècles
A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804  -   Laurent Dubois
The idea of universal rights is often understood as the product of Europe, but as Laurent Dubois demonstrates, it was profoundly shaped by the struggle over slavery and citizenship in the French Caribbean . Dubois examines this Caribbean revolution by focusing on Guadeloupe, where, in the early 1790s, insurgents on the island fought for equality and freedom and formed alliances with besieged Republicans. In 1794, slavery was abolished throughout the French Empire, ushering in a new colonial order in which all people, regardless of race, were entitled to the same rights. But French administrators on the island combined emancipation with new forms of coercion and racial exclusion, even as newly freed slaves struggled for a fuller freedom. In 1802, the experiment in emancipation was reversed and slavery was brutally reestablished, though rebels in Saint-Domingue avoided the same fate by defeating the French and creating an independent Haiti. The political culture of republicanism, Dubois argues, was transformed through this transcultural and transatlantic struggle for liberty and citizenship. The slaves-turned-citizens of the French Caribbean expanded the political possibilities of the Enlightenment by giving new and radical content to the idea of universal rights.
Hardcover 472 pages (April 2004);  Publisher: University of North Carolina Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0807828742

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

  Music of Martinique and Guadeluope   -   Biguine, Chouval bwa, Gwo ka, Kadans, Zouk

  Gwo ka
Gwo ka is a family of hand drums used to create a form of folk music from Guadeloupe. Gwo ka is often accompanied it by another type of percussion instrument called twi ba as well as vocal elements.
  Photography from the Caribbean   -   Jean-Luc de Laguarigue


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