The marina Bas du Fort in Pointe à Pitre, the lively center of the islands, is a good starting place for Yachtcharter Guadeloupe due its excellent facilities and close location to the airport. Good marinas can also be found in Bouillante on Basse-Terre, and in Saint Francois on Gran-Terre. From Pointe à Pitre you can sail along the beautiful southern coast of Grand Terre to Le Gosier, Sainte-Anne and Saint-Francois where you will find many pristine, unspoiled beaches. The island of Marie Galante lies south of Saint-Francois and the charming town of St Louis is well worth a visit. The island has a serene atmosphere and is famous for its delicious rum. The Iles-des-Saintes Islands west of Marie Galante have some wonderful snorkeling spots.
Basse Terre contains the National Park surrounding the La Soufrière volcano and the Galion Waterfalls. It is possible to hike to the top of the volcano and along the walking trails in the rainforest and explore the tropical wildlife. Near Trois Rivières at the Parc Archeologique, there are ‘des Roches Gravees’, ancient rock carvings that mark early evidence of man in the Caribbean. On the west coast of Basse Terre in Bouillant, there is the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve, a great spot for snorkeling and scuba diving as natural hot springs flow into the waters and attract colorful marine life. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample local rum all over Guadeloupe, and The Ministry of Rum is based in Saint-Rose on the northeastern tip of Basse Terre where you can see how it is made. Guadeloupe has an exciting national cuisine influenced by African, East Indian and French cooking, and during August there is the The Festival of Women Cooks or ‘Fête des Cuisinières’. The festival is a celebration of Creole and French food and is open to everyone. During this time there are dances, parades and of course delicious foods to taste.
The Bas du Fort Marina in Pointe-à-Pitre is a good starting point due to its central location and close proximity to the international airport. From Pointe-à-Pitre, you can sail along the stunning south east coastline and reach Le Gosier and the nearby island Îlet du Gosier. Le Gosier has some lively beach resorts, restaurants and bars... more
Navigation around Guadeloupe is done mostly by sight, so by nightfall you should reach a safe anchorage. The seas are calm and the trade winds blow steadily, but conditions can be rougher in the channels between the islands. The area is well marked, but you should look out for rocks and reefs that may be hazardous. Guadeloupe has a tropical climate, and temperatures usually vary between 25 and 32 °C. Hurricanes occur during September and most rainfall happens during the months of October and November, making it best to visit between December and June.