Guadeloupe mixes the best of France – a fully modern infrastructure and fantastic food – with a local culture that people here are proud of and want to share. Guadeloupe’s two main islands look like the wings of a butterfly and are joined together by a mangrove swamp. Grande-Terre, the eastern wing of the island, has a string of beach towns that offer visitors every variety of fun in the sun known to humankind. From surfing schools to beach bars to long stretches of beautiful sand where azure water laps at the toes of French mademoiselles, it’s all here.
Basse-Terre, the western wing, is home to the national park, crowned by La Soufrière volcano. Hiking trails and a Jacques Cousteau underwater reserve offer adventure for those who want more go than slow in their holidays. But for the gourmets and sun worshippers there are still plenty of places to recharge while everyone else tires themselves out. South of the butterfly-shaped ‘mainland’ of Guadeloupe are a number of small archipelagos that give a taste of Guadeloupe’s yesteryear. Ranging from sheer chill on La Désirade to the cosmopolitan Terre-de-Haut and the largely rural Marie-Galante, the smaller islands each have their own character and round out the long list of ingredients that make Guadeloupe.
Pointe-à-Pitre’s average daily high temperature in January is 28°C (82°F) while the low average is 19°C (66°F). In July the average daily high temperature is 31°C (88°F) while the low average is 23°C (73°F).
The annual rainfall in Pointe-à-Pitre is 180cm. February to April is the driest period, when measurable rain falls an average of seven days a month and the average humidity is around 77%. The wettest months are July to November, when rain falls about 14 days a month and the average humidity reaches 85%.
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Events & Festivals
January: La Fête des Rois
April: Karujet - Jet Ski World Championship
July: Festival Guadeloupe
August: Fête des Cuisinières
- original birth certificate
- certification of single status
- residency card (one of the couple must have resided on the island at least one month prior to the ceremony)
- medical certificate, including blood test issued within three months of marriage
- French translation of English language documents
* We try to keep this info as current as possible so please contact the local tourism office for any changes.
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Guadeloupe
1. Guadeloupe National Park
2. Hike to the top of La Soufrière
3. Galion Waterfalls
4. Dive at Cousteau Reserve
5. Hindu Temple at St. Marie
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