A French friend of mine with whom I take the best holidays, suggested Guadeloupe for our next holiday destination a while ago. Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France located in the Caribbean. It has a population of over 400 thousand people, it stretches 1.628 km2, and as a French region it uses the euro. But more importantly it has amazing white beaches, good food with this French influence and the best weather.
So we went for a week in February, avoiding the rainy season which runs from September till November. September is the period that you might encounter hurricanes as well, so you’d better not consider that one. It meant though that coming after this rainy period the island was green and blossoming with flowers. The flight time is approximately 8 hours from London.
Guadeloupe’s two main islands are Basse-Terre to the west and Grande-Terre to the east, which are separated by a narrow strait that is crossed with bridges, and which are often referred to as a single island. We spent some time at both, but I would probably suggest to take Grande-Terre as your base as I slightly preferred the beaches here.
We had a car and roamed the island which is wonderfully quiet. Besides from spending a lot of time on the beach and acquainting with the locals, we visited a botanical garden, checked the city of Point a Pitre and had really good time.