By Lynne Sullivan

Guadeloupe is an archipelago within the heart of the Lesser Antilles. the most island is really abnormal ovals hinged jointly like an open oyster shell. Smaller outer islands drift within reach like spilled pearls within the turquoise sea. Grande-Terre, the jap half the shell, is essentially a flat box of lush sugarcane dotted with colourful cities and rimmed by means of lengthy, sandy seashores. Basse-Terre is a mountainous woodland marked by way of waterfalls, rivers, scorching springs and a volcano. the 2 are joined through a bridge over the Rivière-Salée, a channel that connects the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre: Why, you could ask yourself, is the smaller, flatter half the island known as Grande-Terre (big land), and the bigger, mountainous part known as Basse-Terre (low land)? the single concept that is sensible is that early sailors, with their compulsory obsession for wind, spotted that northeastern exchange winds blew grande once they hit the flat japanese shore, yet basse whilst they...

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Perhaps their appearance caused the Europeans to overreact and slaughter or capture the Indians on sight. The Arawaks quickly were wiped out, but the scattered, pugnacious Caribs managed to survive on some islands. In the 17th century, they were successful in resisting European settlement on Dominica and Saint Lucia. Carib descendants still live in Carib Territory on Dominica. Visitors From Europe Christopher Columbus sighted and eventually visited all the islands except Saint Lucia during his voyages.

You'll pay extra – a lot extra – for larger vehicles with automatic transmission and A/C. TIP: If you aren't comfortable driving, stick with taxis and limit your independent sightseeing. In addition to being comfortable with your car, you must also be comfortable with the local drivers. You'll see driving schools all over the island, and students must pass the same test given to all new drivers in France in order to get a license on Guadeloupe. However, the locals drive fast and have little tolerance for tourists who cruise along at sightseeing speed on two-lane highways.

Introduction The Islands Reasons to Visit Location Language Lifestyle A Capsule History Life of the Arawaks & Caribs Visitors From Europe Climate Hurricane Facts The Land Plant Life Birds Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians WARNING Getting to the Islands By Air AIRLINE INFORMATION Advice For Air Travelers By Cruise Ship SPECIALIST CRUISE TRAVEL AGENTS Cruise Lines Getting Around Car Rental TIP Other Options TIP Places to Stay A Look at the Options Money-Saving Tips Food & Drink Common Menu Items The Cost of A Meal TIP Money Matters Cash & Exchange Rates Credit Cards Entry Requirements Health & Safety TIP TIP WARNING The Best Attractions & Activities Going Metric – Quick & Painless Customs Regulations TIP Duty-Free Shops Electricity Time Zones Guadeloupe & the Outer Islands Overview Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre A Brief History Discovery by Columbus The Carib Indians Arrival of The Spanish & The French Sugar Plantations & Slavery The 20th Century Getting to Guadeloupe Arriving By Air AIRLINE INFORMATION Arriving By Sea Ferry Service Cruise Ships Private Boats Getting Around Car Rentals Rates CAR RENTAL AGENCIES Cautions Buses Taxis Taxi Tours Festivals, Events & Holidays Fête des Cuisinières Major Annual Events Carnival Public & Religious Holidays Grande-Terre & Basse-Terre Exploring the Islands Pointe-à-Pitre, Grande-Terre An Introductory Tour Place de la Victoire Quaie de La Darse Victor Schoelcher Museum Victor Schoelcher Sougues-Pagès House Saint-John Perse Centre Saint-John Perse Southern Tour, Grande-Terre From Pointe-à-Pitre to La Pointe des Châteaux Aquarium de la Guadeloupe Fort Fleur d'Epée Grande-Terre;Southern TourGosier & Ilet Gosier Plage Caravelle Sainte-Anne Beaches Along N4 Saint-François Petite Terre Pointe des Châteaux Northern Tour, Grande-Terre From Saint-François to Pointe de la Grande Vigie to Pointe-à-Pitre Maison Zévallos Le Moule Musée Edgard Clerc Trou de Madame Coco Pointe de la Grande Vigie Morne-à-l'Eau Southern Tour, Basse-Terre From Petit-Bourg to the City of Basse-Terre Petit-Bourg Sainte-Marie Longueteau Rum Distillery Plantation Grand Café Capesterre Belle-Eua Chutes de Carbet Trois-Rivières & Vicinity Vieux-Fort Basse-Terre City West Coast Tour, Basse-Terre From Basse-Terre City to Deshaies along the Côte Sous le Vent Baillif Vieux-Habitants Bouillante Jacques Cousteau, the Man-Fish Pointe-Noire Deshaies The Northern Loop, Basse-Terre Across the Route de la Traversée and Along the Northern Coast Saut de la Lézarde Cascade aux Ecrevisses La Maison de la Forêt Col des Deux Mamelles Sainte-Rose & Vicinity Organized Tours TOUR COMPANIES Sunup to Sundown The Very Best Attractions Beaches Basse-Terre Beaches Grande-Terre's Southern Riviera Other Beaches on Grande-Terre Diving Grande-Terre; Sunup to Sundown & Snorkeling Dive Centers Sailing Boat Rentals Boat Excursions Fishing Windsurfing & Other Watersports Hiking Good Hiking Strategies La Soufrière La Citerne Les Chutes du Carbet 2 Les Chutes du Carbet 1 Les Chutes du Carbet 3 Le Grand Étang Pointe des Châteaux Porte d'Enfer Biking BICYCLE RENTALS Golfing Tennis Horseback Riding Spa & Fitness Services Shop Til You Drop Favorite Gift Items Shopping Areas Best Shops on the Island MADRAS After Dark Casinos Theater & Music Bars, Nightclubs & Discos Best Places to Stay A Look at The Options Gîtes Villas Package Vacations Pricing Grande-Terre Point-à-Pitre Bas-du-Fort/Gosier Pointe de la Verdure/Gosier Downtown Gosier & Surrounding Area Between Gosier & St.

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