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Guadeloupe (also referred to as the Butterfly Island) is a group of Caribbean islands located in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles, and is a French overseas region, consisting of a single overseas department. It has a land area of 1,628 square kilometres (629 square miles) and as of January 2013, has a population of 405,739 inhabitants. Guadeloupe is comprised of two main islands, one of which is its sole prefecture department, Basse-Terre to the west, and the other being Grande-Terre to the east. The islands are separated by a narrow strait that is crossed with bridges. In addition, the department also includes the Dependencies of Guadeloupe which include the smaller islands of Marie-Galante and La Désirade, and the Îles des Saintes. Its official language is French, although Antillean Creole is also spoken by many of its inhabitants. 

 

What to see & do

There are plenty of things to see and enjoy while you’re in Guadeloupe, with its rich and colourful Franco-Caribbean culture, its beautiful beach towns, the stunning mountainous Basse-Terre, which is home to the Guadeloupe National Park. Visit Cathédrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul, also known as the ‘Iron Cathedral,’ where you can check out the Ali Tur–designed art-deco Palais du Justice; the charming and quaint village of Deshaies; the bustling town of Ste-Anne, great for tourists who like to roam around for great amenities; the rural and agricultural island of Marie-Galante; and the golden-sand beach of Grande Anse. 

 

How to get around within Guadeloupe

Navigating around Guadeloupe can be done via bus, car, or yacht. The bus system in the islands is infrequent though, so it’s recommended to hire a car (Rentacar Guadeloupe) at the Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport instead. Main roads here are of same quality as metropolitan France, but the smaller roads are uneven, pot-holed, and unsafe to drive on. If you’re planning to get around by yacht, you can make arrangements with Windward Islands, one of the largest yacht charter companies in the world. 

 

How to get there 

Currently, there are three public airports in Guadeloupe. If you’re planning to travel to the islands, you can fly in to Marie-Galante Airport (or Les Bases Airport), Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (or Le Raizet Airport), or Saint-François Airport; although you’ll most likely disembark at Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, located in Abymes, 2.4 kilometres (1.3 nautical miles) north-northeast of Pointe-à-Pitre. It is served by a number of airlines such as Air Antilles Express, Air Canada, Air Caraïbes, Air France¸ Air Transat, Alitalia¸ American Airlines, Condor, Corsair International, LIAT, Neos, Seaborne Airlines, Servicios Aereos Profesionales, Winair, and XL Airways France to and from numerous destinations like Antigua, Dominica-Melville Hall, Fort-de-France, Saint Barthélemy, San Juan, Santo Domingo-La Isabela, Sint Maarten, Montréal-Trudeau, Paris-Orly, Port-au-Prince, Saint Lucia-Vigie, Saint Martin, Cayenne, Miami, Rome-Fiumicino, Miami, and more. Regional company LIAT Airlines delivers Air Pass, which allows travel between most of the islands of the Lesser Antilles. One can also go in by car, if you’re originating from neighbouring islands; and by boat from Martinique, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Marie-Galante, and Les Saintes. 

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