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The islands of Guadeloupe offer perfect conditions for yachting and especially catamaran enthusiasts with many protected anchorages, different colored sandy beaches, a unique underwater world and rich water sports. If you want to explore more islands and countries of the Caribbean, to the south you will find the Windward Islands such as Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia and to the north immediately the Leeward Islands such as Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda as well as St. Kitts and Nevis.

Climate: tropical with temperatures between 22 and 30 degrees
Winds: northeast trade winds
Sailing season: all year round, observing the hurricane season from June to October

Yacht charter Guadeloupe

The islands of Guadeloupe are part of the Leeward Islands and the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. As an overseas department the region belongs like Martinique, St. Barth and St. Martin to France and therefore also to the European Union. Therefore yacht charter guests with German nationality only need an identity card to enter the country directly, which must be valid for 6 months. However, if you travel in and out of the country via a third country, you will need a passport and return or onward tickets. German citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Further and current information can be found on the website of the German Foreign Office.

French is the official language in Guadeloupe, you do not have to think about exchanging money here, the national currency is the Euro. On the independent islands, the Eastern Caribbean dollar is commonly used, but US dollars in small bills are usually accepted as well.

From Germany there are no direct flights to Guadeloupe, usually a change in France is necessary. The flight time from Germany with a change of planes is about 15 hours. You arrive in Guadeloupe at the international airport near the city of Pointe-à-Pitre.

Warm temperatures all year round, steady trade winds and beautiful scenery make Guadeloupe a great cruising destination. The rainy season continues into November and hurricanes can occur in the region from June to October. Therefore, the best time to travel is from December to May.

Around the main islands of Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is divided into two main islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, with the Rivière Salée running between them. The region also includes several smaller islands such as Iles des Saintes, Marie Galante, Iles de la Petite Terre and La Desiderade. Pointe-à-Pitre is located on Grande-Terre, and this is also where our base is located, the large marina Bas-du-Fort. The city offers very good supply possibilities for the cruise, it is the economic center of the island. Here you should plan a shopping trip, try the local specialties and Creole cuisine. The island is still characterized by the once most important economic goods: Sugar cane, coffee and rum. If you're here at Carnival time, you'll be right in the center of the spectacle.

The other main island, Basse-Terre, is mountainous and mostly overgrown with tropical greenery. In the Parc National de Guadeloupe, which makes up a good part of the island, you can hike through the rainforest to the Carbet waterfalls and marvel at the still-active volcano La Soufrière. In the small town of the same name, Basse-Terre, you can immerse yourself in part of Guadeloupe's history; here you can still see the former colonial houses and the ruins of an old fort. For divers, the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve near Ilet Pigeon is a must. This is where the Frenchman filmed his cult movie "The World of Silence." But other underwater sites off the islands of Guadeloupe also await with exciting discoveries, such as wrecks, grottos, deep-sea canyons, stingrays, turtles and, at the right time, even whales.

Short distances, beautiful anchorages and beaches: A cruise to the islands around Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe offers a perfect destination especially for a yacht charter vacation, as you have the opportunity to explore the associated inhabited and uninhabited islands as well: Just three nautical miles east of Pointe-à-Pitre is the small island of Ilet du Gosier, which is a popular anchorage surrounded by a coral reef. If you are coming from the north or sailing north, Deshaies is a recommended stopover. There you can also get good supplies in the fishing village and anchor in the beautiful and safe bay.

With the islands around Guadeloupe is already filled a week trip. Other islands are Iles des Saintes and Marie Galante in the south and Iles de la Petite Terre and La Desiderade in the east. Make inquiries at your yacht charter start to see which of the islands you may visit from your charter base. The Iles des Saintes are a popular meeting point for sailors. There is a great natural harbor here on one of the main islands, Terre-des-Hautes. You can visit the Fort Napoléon and enjoy the view over the island from here. In the evening, the town of Bourg des Saintes with its restaurants and bars offers nightlife. On the neighboring islands, on the other hand, things are quieter. On Marie Galante, sugar cane plantations, old windmills and fishing villages characterize the areas settled by man. In the interior, it is easy to hike. The main anchorage is Saint Louis in the northwest. The Iles de la Petite Terre are uninhabited and only the larger of the two may be entered. They are part of a national park and the clear water invites snorkeling.

Experienced sailors are attracted to Guadeloupe every four years by the "Route du Rhum", an international single-handed sailing regatta. The route covers 3500 nautical miles from Saint-Malo in France to Pointe-à-Pitre.

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