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7 Days in the Guadeloupe Islands

The Arawak Indians used to call it “Karukera”, The Islands of Beautiful Waters. This stunning French archipelago is composed of  five islands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, and La Desirade, closely strung together by an efficient ferry network.

Discover the “Pearl of the French-Caribbean,” the perfect island-hopping destination, combining the best of the French modern infrastructure with genuine Caribbean heritage. From families, athletes, foodies, culturaholics, honeymooners to seniors…the Guadeloupe Islands are truly for everyone.

Day 1:  Guadeloupe’s Most Prized Possession

Take the ferry to Les Saintes, and discover the most low-key yet sophisticated surrounding Island of Guadeloupe. Get up close and personal: rent a scooter and discover the breathtaking views over Les Saintes from Fort Napoleon, zoom around the upbeat bistro-lined bourg and then take a swim at the Pompierre, or the Pain de Sucre, Beach. Do not forget to try the Tourment d’Amour, a delicious pastry, tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside, made with coconut, banana or guava filling.

Day 2: Majestic Rain Forest

Hike to La Soufriere Volcano through the National Park with a certified bilingual guide (about 45 minutes). Discover a rich ecosystem with an impressive number of endemic species. This lush forest features breathtaking waterfalls, and it is home to thousand and one friendly species, who will beg for your attention. After the hike, you will be ready to enjoy the well deserved Yellow Baths, 86°F therapeutic natural hot springs, a natural muscle relaxer.

Day 3: Blow the Taste Buds out of your Mouth

Rendez vous in St Francois village where you will meet with Chef Ruddy Colmar at Widdy’s restaurant. Get a guided tour at the market where you will buy fresh products for the cooking class with the Chef. Time to test your skills and get your Guadeloupean Culinary Passport. Learn how to make the traditional Accras de Morue appetizer, along with the famous go to sauce, the Sauce Chien. And of course you will not get away without a little rum tasting!

Day 4: Very Chic!

The Guadeloupe Islands are also popular for the “Golf de Saint-François”. Practice your swing in this recently renovated 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The superb location offers an harmonious layout with well-arranged trees, slopes, artificial lakes and bunkers. After the game, stroll along the nearby marina, where you will find many charming boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Day 5: Underwater Beauty

Explore the deep wonders of the Cousteau Reserve, located around the Pigeon Islets in Bouillante. This site is the filming location of Captain Jacques Cousteau’s feature film « The Silent World (1955) ». Fascinated by the site’s vast biological diversity, he encouraged the protection of the reserve, a task that was taken on by Guadeloupe’s authorities. Today the reserve is a must-see site for divers exploring the Guadeloupean archipelago, and it is accessible to all levels, from beginner to expert. You will find amazing corals, many tropical fish, sea turtles as well an underwater statue of the Captain himself!

Day 6: Guadeloupean Heritage

Hop on the ferry to Marie Galante and be ready to step back in time! This island represents the DNA of the Guadeloupean archipelago. Here you will be able to visit picturesque sugar cane plantations on an authentic wooden oxcart. You will then go for a tasting in one of the best rum distillery in the world. Finish the day relaxing on an unspoiled white sand, turquoise water, beach. Literally just to yourself!

Day 7: Surprising Nature

Take your family to the Botanical Garden of Deshaie, your children will love it! Walk in the middle of majestic tropical plants, feed the playful Koi Carps at the water lilies pond, watch the Loriket Parrots land on your shoulders and head. End the day by tasting Creole specialties at the Garden’s restaurant. A day you will never forget!

 

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