Traveling Luck for Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is located in Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico.
Guadeloupe has borders with Netherlands Antilles for 10.199999999999999km.
Land in Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains; Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic in origin.
Guadeloupe land covers an area of 1780 square kilometers which is 10 times the size of Washington, DC
As for the Guadeloupe climate; subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity.
Guadeloupian(s) speak French (official) 99%, Creole patois.
Places of note in Guadeloupe
- Les Abymes
- Le Gosier
- Le Moule
- Grande Anse
Guadeloupe National Map
Regions of Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe has been a French possession since 1635. The island of Saint Martin is shared with the Netherlands; its southern portion is named Sint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles and its northern portion is named Saint-Martin and is part of Guadeloupe
This Caribbean economy depends on agriculture, tourism, light industry, and services. It also depends on France for large subsidies and imports. Tourism is a key industry, with most tourists from the US; an increasingly large number of cruise ships visit the islands. The traditional sugarcane crop is slowly being replaced by other crops, such as bananas (which now supply about 50% of export earnings), eggplant, and flowers. Other vegetables and root crops are cultivated for local consumption, although Guadeloupe is still dependent on imported food, mainly from France. Light industry features sugar and rum production. Most manufactured goods and fuel are imported. Unemployment is especially high among the young. Hurricanes periodically devastate the economy.
Guadeloupe natural resources include cultivable land, beaches and climate that foster tourism
a narrow channel, the Riviere Salee, divides Guadeloupe proper into two islands: the larger, western Basse-Terre and the smaller, eastern Grande-Terre
Guadeloupe religion is Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan African 4%, Protestant 1%.
Natural hazards in Guadeloupe include hurricanes (June to October); Soufriere de Guadeloupe is an active volcano.
- Guadeloupe is a French Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic or consular representation. The General section of this travel advice gives you more information.
- Several hundred British nationals visit Guadeloupe each year. Most visits to Guadeloupe are trouble-free. The main type of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Guadeloupe is for replacing passports and medical problems. The Health section of this Travel Advice gives you more information.
- The threat from terrorism is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
- Although the risk from crime is also low, it does exist and you should take normal common-sense precautions.
- The hurricane season in Guadeloupe normally runs from June to November. Please see the Natural Disasters section of this Travel Advice and Hurricanes for more information.
- We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling to Guadeloupe. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
You should take sensible precautions and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, after dark. Do not carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. Valuables and travel documents should, where possible, be left in safety deposit boxes and hotel safes.
There is no resident British Diplomatic Mission in Guadeloupe. Routine consular matters are covered by the British Embassy in Paris. In case of emergency, contact the Honorary British Consul in Guadeloupe, 23 rue Sadi Carnot, 97110 Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe; (tel: +590 82 57 57; fax: +590 82 89 33).