Caribbean tips you can trust
Guadeloupe is known for its French heritage and butterfly-shape island (see map below).
I've heard travelers speak the Guadeloupe name with sort of a Spanish pronunciation. They add an extra syllable: gwa-dah-lou'-peh. The three-syllable French way is correct: gwohd'-ell-oop.
Major tourism activities
Most of the resorts are on the southern coast of Grand Terre island.
Guadeloupe diving was praised by Jacques Cousteau. The best dive spots are on Basse-Terre island.
Basse-Terre has many interesting trails in the rainforest-covered mountains. There are waterfalls and wildlife to see. One trail takes you up to the top of La Soufriere volcano.
Nightlife and dining
Nightlife is active but not jumping. Dining ranges from ordinary to fine. Both activities are centered in the bustling capital Pointe-a-Pitre and in the resort areas east of that city.
The Guadeloupe butterfly
Guadeloupe's two main islands - Basse Terre and Grande Terre - sit side by side, separated only by a long, narrow channel. A drawbridge links them. When viewed from the air, the two islands together create the unmistakable shape of an open-winged butterfly.
Learn my other
Caribbean Island tips
Top 10 Caribbean Islands
Best time to go
Best islands for sports
Best islands for resorts
Best islands for family resorts
Best islands in 8 other categories
How to pronounce island names
Caribbean Island locator maps
Caribbean Islands - home page
Best Caribbean cruises
Famous Caribbean food
Picture of Guadeloupe woman is by Philippe Giraud
for the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board and is used