Guadeloupe forms an overseas department (administrative district) of France. It consists of two main islands separated by a narrow sea channel, a small island group called Iles des Saintes, and five small islands. The larger of the main islands is Guadeloupe, or Basse-Terre, and the other is Grande-Terre. The small islands are Marie-Galante, La Desirade, St. Barthelemy, the northern part of St. Martin, and Petite-Terre.
The old wooden French colonial houses of Pointe-à-Pitre are worth a visit, as are the rugged rock formations at Pointe des Châteaux. Take a ferry and explore the smaller islands or head to Malendure and explore the underwater world of Réserve Cousteau. Established by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, this underwater land, warmed by hot volcanic springs, is considered one of best dive sites in the world.
Guadeloupe has a hot, humid climate from June to December. But steady winds tend to moderate the heat. The islands have cooler, drier weather from January to May.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
CAPITAL: Basse Terre
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: GP
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +590
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -4