Brief Guadeloupe Boat Rental Guide
Guadeloupe is a French overseas region formed by several islands. The largest are Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, which together form the image of a butterfly. It is located in the center of the Caribbean, north of Dominica and south of Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat. Basse-Terre is the largest island and includes the capital city of the same name. It is a volcanic island with a lot of vegetation and has the highest mountain in the Lesser Antilles: Le Grande Soufriere volcano, almost 1,500 meters high. Grande-Terre, on its hand, is known for its beaches and is much more dry and flat. As for the other islands, some as Marie Galante are inhabited, and some are small and uninhabited, but with boat rentals in Guadeloupe you can reach them all and discover them.
What to do in Guadeloupe?
Due to its geographical diversity, Guadeloupe offers many options for your vacation in the Caribbean, both on land and on board. In the larger islands you can go hiking and reach impressive waterfalls that run in the vegetation. If you like the places full of life and entertainment venues and restaurants, the cities of Pointe-à-Pitre, Le Gosier and Sainte Anne, south of Grande-Terre, will not disappoint you.
In addition, Guadeloupe offers everything that makes the Caribbean a marine paradise. On its sea you can practice many watersports like surfing or kite surfing. Also, you can moor your rental boat in Guadeloupe in the numerous bays that offers this archipelago, as Deshaies in Basse-Terre or the places that offer the small islands of Les Saintes. If you are passionate about diving, you can practice in the Seamount Sec Pâté or in the Garden of Ponti, where there are beautiful colorful sponges, parrot fishes, angel fishes and many other beautiful and colorful species.
The beaches of Guadeloupe are wonderful, like the beaches of the Caribbean. Their sand has different colors, from white to black through gold and even pink. And there are beaches for everyone, from some up to 2 kilometers long, link Grand Anse, to some small and isolated where you can relax and enjoy in peace. If you choose boat rentals in Guadeloupe, we encourage you to navigate through the archipelago and to visit the beaches mentioned below. They will not disappoint you!
- Pointe des Châteaux
Pointe des Châteaux is the easternmost point of the island of Grande-Terre. There are many sharp-pointed rocks that give the name ‘Point of Castles’ to this place. The waves are much stronger than in other parts of Guadeloupe, but the landscape, the turquoise waters and the white sand of Castles Cove (Anse des Châteaux) are incomparable.
- Petit Terre
Petit Terre beaches are one of the places you cannot miss if you opted for boat rentals in Guadeloupe. Petit Terre consists of the islands of Terre-de-Bas and Terre-de-Haut. The first has a large beach northwest of the island, with white sand and turquoise waters. Terre-de-Haut, on the other hand, has small beaches widespread around a fairly rocky coast.
The Caret islet is north of Basse-Terre and is very similar to the idea of a desert island in the Caribbean. It is a small piece of sand of less than 100 meters long. Half of it has some vegetation, palm trees and bushes, but the west side is a sandy beach where you can enjoy the purest Caribbean.
- Bois Jolan
Bois Jolan is a lovely paradise beach in Guadeloupe. It is in Sainte-Anne, south of Grande-Terre. It is formed by a narrow strip of white sand. On one side there are lush palm trees and on the other there is the sea, turquoise and clean, and of a little depth.
What to eat in Guadeloupe?
Guadeloupe's cuisine is a clear example of all the influences that the Caribbean cuisine receives. In this region you will find flavors from Africa, Asia, America and Europe. In addition, as in the case of Martinique, the French cuisine is present in Guadeloupe, both in the dishes and ingredients as in the delicate presentations.
The most traditional dishes of Creole cuisine use indigenous ingredients of Guadeloupe, such as fish, seafood and vegetables. Some samples are Calalou, a soup made with leaves of the plant of the same name, or acras of morue, cod fritters which can also be filled with vegetables. The most common fishes and seafood in the local cuisine are sea urchins, crab, lobster, octopus and conchs.
Among the ingredients from the land, bananas and chayote are the most popular. One of the most consumed meat is goat, in stew or curry dishes. Also pork and other meats are popular, and as in Martinique, they prepare Boudin, a type of sausage. And in the same way as in the neighboring French island, rum is traditional and made in the distilleries Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre. Rum is used to prepare various cocktails.
Weather and Navigation in Guadeloupe
- Boating season
The best time to take full advantage of boat rentals in Guadeloupe is between December and May, coinciding with the dry season. Like in the rest of the Caribbean, the best sailing conditions happen between January and March, although then there are more visitors and sailors than in other months. You can also sail comfortably in the months of December, April or May, but the bad weather could surprise you. It is best to avoid the months of the hurricane season, between July and October, but this time of the year can be extended from June to November or even there may be bad weather in May and December.
In Guadeloupe, as in the rest of the Caribbean, there is not much variation in temperatures throughout the year, since there is no proper winter or summer, but dry and wet season. Throughout the year the average temperatures move between 21 degrees Celsius and 31ºC. The temperatures are usually higher in the wet season than in the dry one.
The rainiest months of the year in Guadeloupe are August, September, October and November, coinciding with the rainy season. February and March, on the other hand, are the driest. In the dry season there may be rainfall, but it is usually of short duration.
- Sea Temperature
The sea temperature in Guadeloupe moves throughout the year between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, and the average is from 26ºC to 27ºC. In the wet season they are slightly higher than in the dry season. Still, every month of the year the sea in this region is completely peaceful and boat rentals in Guadeloupe are the best to enjoy these warm Caribbean waters.
While currents in Guadeloupe are usually from the west, the winds tend to come from the northeast. For this reason, the north part of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre usually have a much more choppy water than the southern part and the small islands of Les Saintes, Petit Terre and Marie-Galante. Winds in Guadeloupe help sailing with a good intensity. Between July and October the prevailing winds are between 10 and 20 knots, while between November and June they are of 15-25 knots.
How to get in Guadeloupe
- By Plane
The plane is the best option to reach Guadeloupe. The best way to get to Guadeloupe is by air. There are seven airports or air bases in Guadeloupe, mostly for domestic or private flights, but one international airport. You can land at Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) from several cities in Europe or America. You can travel from Miami, Montreal and Paris. There are also frequent flights connecting Guadeloupe to other Caribbean islands and countries, and there are seasonal direct flights from Italy.
- By Boat
Another way to get in Guadeloupe is by boat. There are ferries that connect the region with neighboring islands such as Martinique, Dominica and St. Lucia, and there are boat routes that connect the various islands of the French territory. Also, if you've opted for boat rentals in Guadeloupe, you can get there from a nearby island: the north of Dominica is just 20 nautical miles away, and depends on the size of your boat and your experience or the one of your captain, Montserrat and Antigua and Barbuda are about 40 miles north.