Guadeloupe

Caressed by trade winds, an interior of lush rainforest, rocky cliffs and a butterfly shaped coast with a contrast of exotic ebony and pristine white sandy beaches makes Guadeloupe a fascinating sailing destination.

Guadeloupe is located in the heart of the Caribbean belt at the bottom of the Leeward chain and comprises five islands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre which is separated from Basse-Terre by a narrow sea channel called Salt River and adjacent islands of La Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante. If you wish to explore the whole area the islands are conveniently a 3 hour sail from one another.

You will be amazed at the diversity and different experiences you will have as you sail from port to port. With a multitude of harbours and cozy moorings all around the coast you will never be short of a beautiful, calm anchorage for the night. Ponte-a-Pitre is the main port and town and is located on the Southern side of Guadeloupe almost at the centre of the two butterfly wings. Here you can find ample facilities, a modern marina, French cafés, bakeries and excellent bars and restaurants.

On the west coast you will find the quaint village of Deshaies, nested between the mountains and the clear blue sea this incredibly pretty anchorage, is close to the 2 km long Grand Anse beach and the fascinating botanical gardens.

The archipelago of Les Saintes offers one of the most beautiful havens in the world, with gorgeous bays and clear turquoise waters. Explore the tiny island of Terre de haut, where you can dine in the local restaurants and snorkel the colourful coral and rock formations with thousands of tropical fish.

With a large selection of charter boats, fabulous sailing conditions, sparkling clear waters, picturesque islands and modern cities, Guadeloupe has something to offer everyone.

» Beautiful beaches
» Line of sight navigation
» Picturesque harbours
» Abundant marine life
» Diverse sailing options
» Lush rainforests

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Guadeloupe

The nearly perfect sunny weather is moderated by north eastern tradewinds, which bring refreshing breezes to the islands, making these French Caribbean islands feel like a little piece of heaven for your tropical charter holiday. December to May is when most people visit Guadeloupe; the weather is warm and dry at this time with steady conditions. 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%. Because of its height, the Basse-Terre side is both cooler and rainier than Grande-Terre. Its highest point, La Soufrière, averages 990cm of rain per year. The trade winds, called alizés, often temper the climate.


Average Conditions - Guadeloupe:


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature (c)

29

29

29

30

30

31

31

31

31

31

30

29

Low Temperature (c)

19

20

21

23

24

25

25

25

24

24

22

21

Precipitation (mm)

84

64

73

123

148

118

150

198

236

228

220

137

Average Sunshine Hours

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

7

7

7

7


Current Forecast:

Pointe A Pitre
Day Temp Wind Wave Vis Weather
Tue
21st
29°C
E

14 kts

0.5 ft 7 km
Wed
22nd
29°C
E

11 kts

0.5 ft 6 km
Thu
23rd
29°C
ESE

10 kts

0.4 ft 5 km
Fri
24th
29°C
ESE

13 kts

0.5 ft 7 km
Sat
25th
29°C
E

14 kts

0.5 ft 7 km

General Information

Services
Harbour Master office Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM & 2:00PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM - Noon
Contact: VHF canal 9 // Emergency number: 06 90 35 19 19

Gas station Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00 AM - Noon & 2:00 PM – 6:00PM, Sunday 8:00 AM - Noon & 4:00 PM – 6:00PM

At the base:
WIFI Internet access and e-mail
Several public telephones in the marina
Fax available at Harbour Master office
Daily Detailed Weather forecast (French & English)
Postal Service
Facilities (toilettes & showers)
Technical Assistance 24/24 in emergency case (pollution, water leak, fire...)
Special tourism Service

Commercial Centres:
Supermarket at the Marina
Provisioning available
Accepted credit Cards / Accepted currencies
Master & Visa are accepted.

Things to know:
- Only soft bags - No suite case (rigid suite cases are too cumbersome)

Weather forecast:
- At Harbour Master office
- At charter office
- On 16 VHF channel.

Flights to Guadeloupe:
The national airline is Air Caraïbes (TX) (www.aircaraibes.com). Air France (AF) (www.airfrance.co.uk) and Corsairfly (SS) (www.corsairfly.com) also have routes to the islands.

Flight Times:
From London to Guadeloupe is 12 hours 40 minutes (including stopover time, most often in Paris), and from New York is 6 hours.

Departure Tax:
None.

Passports:
A valid passport is required by all nationals from Britain, Australia, Canada, USA and other EU countries. Note: nationals of France that hold national identity cards.

Visas:
Not required by all nationals referred to above for touristic stays of up to three months provided they hold a valid return ticket.
Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Health in Guadeloupe

Food and drink:
Mains water is chlorinated and whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of stay. Drinking water outside main cities and towns may be contaminated and sterilisation is advised. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafoods and fruit are generally considered safe to eat.

Health care:
Health care is of a good standard, but health insurance is advisable to cover costs as the reciprocal health agreement between the UK and France may not apply in Guadeloupe. There is a University Hospital Centre in Pointe-à-Pitre, on Grande-Terre, and a hospital on Basse-Terre as well as a number of clinics.

Note: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required by travellers over one year of age arriving from an infected or endemic zone within six days.

Other risks:
Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present; avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. The sap of the manchineel tree is toxic and causes burns to the skin. Travellers should avoid contact with its leaves and fruit, and should not stand under the tree when it is raining. These trees, which look similar to apple trees, are often marked with a red sign on the trunk.

Money in Guadeloupe

ATM:
ATMs are available in every town.

Banking hours:
Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1400-1600, some are open Sat 0800-1300 (closed Wednesday afternoons).

Credit cards:
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. ATMs are available in every town.

Currency information:
Since January 2002 the Euro (€) has been the official currency for the French Overseas Departments, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. Notes are in denominations of €5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros. For further details, see France section. US Dollars are accepted but change might be given in Euros.

Currency restrictions:
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.

Travellers cheques:
Accepted in most places. Their use may qualify visitors for discounts on luxury items. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros. US and Canadian Dollar cheques are also accepted in some places.

Language:
The official language is French. The lingua franca is Creole. English is spoken by professionals and those in the tourism industry.

Internet:
Available in Internet cafes at Saint-Francois, Sainte Anne, Mare-Gaillard and Pointe-à-Pitre; there are also terminals in some larger post offices and public buildings.

Mobile telephone:
Mobile phones work in most areas on the island and there is good coverage. Analogue networks are compatible with most US handsets, which can be activated on the island by dialling 0 or by registering online.

Telephone:
Good internal network. There are no area codes. Phonecards (télécartes) are necessary to make calls from public telephones.


 

 

 

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