Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe | Cruise port of call | CruiseBe
0
No votes yet

Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe, known as Gwadloup in the local creole, and sometimes known as the Butterfly Island (French: I'ile Papillon) on account of the shape of two of its major islands, is a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean, and is a French overseas department. It is located southeast of Puerto Rico.

Islands

  • Basse Terre: green and lush vegetation, mountainous with a sulphuric volcano.
  • Grande Terre: flat and dry with a lot of beaches, some of them very touristic.
  • Marie Galante: the biggest island out of mainland Guadeloupe.
  • Les Saintes: composed of Terre de Haut and Terre de Bas, one of the most beautiful bays.
  • La Désirade: dry and cliffy.
  • Petite... Read more

Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Destination:

Guadeloupe, known as Gwadloup in the local creole, and sometimes known as the Butterfly Island (French: I'ile Papillon) on account of the shape of two of its major islands, is a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean, and is a French overseas department. It is located southeast of Puerto Rico.

Islands

  • Basse Terre: green and lush vegetation, mountainous with a sulphuric volcano.
  • Grande Terre: flat and dry with a lot of beaches, some of them very touristic.
  • Marie Galante: the biggest island out of mainland Guadeloupe.
  • Les Saintes: composed of Terre de Haut and Terre de Bas, one of the most beautiful bays.
  • La Désirade: dry and cliffy.
  • Petite Terre: uninhabited and untamed.

Cities

Grande Terre

  • Pointe-à-Pitre: with its suburbs, it is the economic capital of Guadeloupe
  • Gosier: maybe one of the most interesting places of Guadeloupe to enjoy nightlife. (You can enter most nightclubs with proper clothes, that is, no sneakers, no shorts)
  • St François if you go at the eastern point of Guadeloupe, you will reach La Pointe des Chateaux, a scenery made of sand and rocks which have vaguely the shape of a castle. From there, you can look up at the islands La Désirade, Petite Terre, Marie Galante, Les Saintes, La Dominique but also have a perfect view of the islands Grande Terre and far away Basse Terre.
  • St Anne a very nice but also very touristy city and beach (maybe the tourists primary area of Guadeloupe). L'Americano, bd Georges Mandel, 0590 88 38 99: bar/restaurant offers free salsa courses on Saturdays and live performances some days. You will find all kind of bars. You can try Club Med, 0590 85 49 50 fax: 0590 85 49 59 (for instance, others resort may propose this formula too) for a one day all inclusive (breakfast, buffet, bars, drinks, beach volley, windsurf, boat, gym, dance courses...) for about €46, so it may be a good deal (as it costs €7 one hour of windsurf).
  • Morne à l'eau, renowned for its amazing cemetery composed of burial places made of black and white tiles.
  • Anse Bertrand, not far from there, you can visit La pointe de la Grande Vigie, northern point of mainland Guadeloupe. You can also go to Porte d'Enfer, a beautiful still stripe of sea between a scenery of reefs. From there, walk one hour along the cliff, and you will discover a Souffleur, kind of geyser due to the pressure of the sea.
  • Abymes nothing special to see, but the weekend, there are 3 local nightclubs: L'instant, Caraibes and Latin Club. They are located at the same place.
  • Baie-Mahault: the industrial and commercial zone of Guadeloupe, nothing special to do or see. Here stands the biggest shopping mall of the island. Not too far from there, you can find a local bar/nightclub named Bik Kreyol, Beau Soleil, 0590 25 80 46 or 0590 92 06 48 (Entrance €5, Drinks €3). Local music (ragga, zouk, rnb) and local customers. The building is typical, it's a former warehouse.

Other destinations

Don't miss the spectacular waterfalls in the jungle of Basse-Terre (Carbet Falls). Some are within 5–10 minutes walking distance from the nearest parking lot, some require at least 3–4 hours of hiking (those are, of course less frequented by other tourists and you might find yourself alone at a spectacular waterfall in the middle of nowhere - an amazing experience!).

The local rum distilleries offer tours (check for opening times as they may very from season to season) which are certainly worth the while since rum production is a very integral part of Guadeloupe's economy. And sampling the local rums is definitely worth the while.

Even though they might not be the best way to get around the island, a ride on the bus is still an experience you should not miss. Cheap, full of locals, conducted by fearless drivers, you can enjoy the beautiful Caribbean panorama to the sound of Guadeloupean zouk music. Some routes are not good for passengers with weak stomachs.

Understand

Guadeloupe has been a French possession since 1635 except for the years 1813-1814 when it came into Swedish possession as a consequence of the Napoleonic Wars. The island of Saint Martin is shared with the Netherlands; its southern portion is named Sint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles and its northern portion is named Saint-Martin and is part of Guadeloupe.

Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, including Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Iles des Saintes (2), Saint-Barthélemy, Iles de la Petite Terre, and Saint-Martin (French part of the island of Saint Martin).

Climate

Subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity.

Terrain

Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains; Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic in origin.


Source:
Text is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0

Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe: Port Information


Cruise ships in Pointe-a-Pitre dock at "Centre Saint-John Perse" cruise terminal. This is located at 5 minutes walking distance from downtown.
The cruise ship terminal has 2 berths, luggage handling area, tourist info office, bar, market village, perking for tour buses, taxy rank.
Within walking distance, you'll find restaurants with Wi-Fi, shops, ATMs, pharmacies, two museums, the covered Spice Market and a supermarket.

Get around Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe


Get around

By car

Cars can be hired at the airport in Pointe-à-Pitre. The main roads are of the same quality as metropolitan France, but smaller roads are often uneven, pot-holed and frankly dangerous. Prudence is required! Drivers are often undisciplined, but rarely aggressive.

By boat

  • Windward Islands 20 - Windward Islands, one of the worlds largest yacht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to crewed in Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Martin. Operating from 8 international offices (USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Monaco).

What to see in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe


See

Natural beauty is perhaps Guadeloups main attraction, and tourists flock to its sandy beaches, azure waters and vast forests. The southern coast of Grande-Terr is the main resort area, where you'll find developed, beautiful beaches and calm waters. It's a good place to kick back and enjoy a cocktail in one of the beach bars or join the many French women bathing in the Caribbean sun. Or, head for one of the many diving schools and explore underwater wildlife. For a fun day trip, hop on a ferry service around the scenic eight islands cluster of Les Saintes, skirting Guadeloupe's southern coast. The gorgeous and rustique island of Marie-Galante makes another perfect trip for a day or even two, as it has lovely scenery, great sands, 19th century windmills and sugar cane plantations to see.

In contrast to the rolling hills and flat plains landscape of Grande-Terr, Basse-Terre (the western wing of the island) has a rough volcanic relief. Here you'll find the splendid Parc National de la Guadeloupe, a 74,100-acre protected rainforest with plenty of trails for expert and novice hikers. The park is home to the 1467m high peak of the La Soufrière volcano, the highest mountain peak in the Lesser Antilles. On its lower slopes are the grand Carbet Falls, a series of 3 waterfalls on the Carbet River and one of Gouadeloup's main attractions. For wildlife lovers, the Zoological and Botanical Park of Guadeloupe offers a great insight in tropical flora and fauna and its animal collection included rare and endangered species.

Basse-Terre city, the administrative capital of Guadeloupe, is home to a range of colonial buildings. Furthermore, there are the 19th century Cathedral of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, the main square and adjoining Jardin Pichon. In Pointe-à-Pitre, there are museums, a bustling creole market place and aquarium and of course the impressive colonial fort to explore.

What to do in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe


Do

Scuba diving and snorkeling. There is an amazing assortment of tropical fish, even in water less than one metre deep. For those who can't swim, glass bottomed boat trips are on offer.

There are many festivals to attend to in Guadeloupe. In Guadeloupe they call them "parties on the street". They use colourful ribbons and tie them round their wrists to resemble the colours of all the nations. Their parties last all through the night until the early morning. They sometimes call them "swatson".

  • Sally. Guadeloupe is the location for the British TV series - Death in Paradise.

What to eat and drink in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe


Eat

Not to be missed, the plate Colombo (chicken, rice, curry), imported from India, has become the typical regional plate. the expected cost for food is anywhere from 4.99 to 38.99

Drink

The local drink is white rum. Do try the "'Ti Punch" (Petit Punch/small Punch) (rum, lime, and sugar cane/brown sugar). Packs a wallop, so be prepared to melt into the island way of life.

Shopping in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe


Buy

  • Characteristic of the Antilles is the colourful tiled Madras fabric.
  • The local made rum is also distinctive and very cheap to buy. Certainly worth sampling (during an evening at one of the beautiful beaches or at home when showing vacation pictures to friends and family to warm everyone up to caribbean temperature)

Safety in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe


Stay safe

The main tourist areas (city center of Point-à-Pitre, Le Gosier, St. Anne, St. Felix...) are pretty safe, especially by day. When it gets dark, you should avoid walking around in Point-à-Pitre alone and stay on the main roads and plazas and be aware of smaller side streets. Always try to keep a low profile as a tourist to avoid attracting unwanted attention.

Stay healthy

There is no particular disease but you should protect yourself from the sun. Sanitary and medical facilities in Guadeloupe are good. Health care in Guadeloupe is controlled by a state-owned organisation (Sécurité Sociale). Doctors are available in almost every village. Tap water is usually safe for consumption. Public sources of water are unsafe if labeled with "Eau non potable" (no drinking water). Visitors from European Union should bring an E111 form with them. Ask details at your local health care organisation.

Emergency phone numbers

  • emergency services: 112 (which can be called from any mobile phone, even if not connected to a GSM network);
  • fire brigade: 18;
  • police station: 17;
  • specialised emergency medical service (called SAMU): 15.

Language spoken in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe


French is the official language, although Guadeloupean Créole (very different from French) is the native language. Everyone speaks French but few people understand English. Most people working in the tourism industry will speak English and sometimes Spanish or German.

LOCAL TIME

9:46 am
December 10, 2018
America/Guadeloupe

CURRENT WEATHER

27.89 °C / 82.202 °F
sky is clear
Tue

27.53 °C/82 °F
light rain
Wed

26.95 °C/81 °F
light rain
Thu

26.26 °C/79 °F
light rain
Fri

26.21 °C/79 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

EUR

1 USD = 0.88 EUR
1 GBP = 1.11 EUR
1 AUD = 0.63 EUR
1 CAD = 0.66 EUR

Travelers recommend visiting the following places of interests



http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ ||| Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Jardin botanique de Deshaies, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 9.8 (10 votes)

The Jardin botanique de Deshaies is a botanical garden located in Deshaies, Guadaloupe. It is open daily from 9am until 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)....
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 ||| Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Habitation La Griveliere, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 9.3 (10 votes)

Habitation La Grivelière ('Grivelière House) is a coffee plantation and coffeehouse in Vieux-Habitants, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, an overseas region...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5 ||| Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Sainte-Anne, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 9.8 (10 votes)

Sainte-Anne is a city in the southern part of Grande-Terre, considered by some to be one of the most touristy towns of Guadeloupe (with Le Gosier and...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5 ||| Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 La Grande Soufriere, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 9.2 (10 votes)

La Grande Soufrière, (French: "big sulphur outlet"), is an active stratovolcano on the French island of Basse-Terre, in Guadeloupe. It is the highest...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 ||| Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Deshaies, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 9.6 (10 votes)

Deshaies is a commune in the French overseas region and department of Guadeloupe, in the Lesser Antilles. It is on the northwest coast of Basse-Terre...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 ||| Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Anse-Bertrand, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 9.1 (10 votes)

Anse-Bertrand is a commune in Guadeloupe, an overseas region and department of France in the Lesser Antilles. The inhabitants in Anse-Bertrand are...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5 ||| Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Guadeloupe National Park, Pointe-A-Pitre
Average: 9.6 (10 votes)

Guadeloupe National Park (French: Parc national de la Guadeloupe) is a national park in Guadeloupe, an overseas department of France located in the...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 ||| Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 La Lezarde Riviere, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 9 (10 votes)

La Lézarde Rivière is a river of Guadeloupe. 25.5 kilometres (15.8 mi) in length, it is one of the most important rivers in Guadeloupe, which...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 ||| Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Goyave, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 9.5 (10 votes)

Goyave is a commune in the French overseas region and department of Guadeloupe, in the Lesser Antilles. It is part of the urban area of Pointe-à-...
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ ||| Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Carbet Falls, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Average: 8.9 (11 votes)

Carbet Falls (French: Les chutes du Carbet) is a series of waterfalls on the Carbet River in Guadeloupe, an overseas department of France located in...

Latest travel blogs about Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe




Cruise Guadeloupe.P.2.


Thanks, Valerie, for the advice!!! The beach there is really beautiful! But in my dreams were radiant sunshine and warm ocean, and in  Sainte-Anne,  they were almost overshadowed by the topless ladies of different ages and figures. French grandmothers are so accustomed to the...

The Caribbean Sea is dotted with plenty of islands-states. Today I will tell you about one of them – Guadeloupe, a small piece of land which is one of the destinations of most Caribbean cruises. Officially Guadeloupe is a commonwealth of 6 islands, but often the small ones aren't taken into...
After the tour, we decided to go to the beach.  Tourists get information in  Pointe-A-Pitre . We were shown a big beach on the map. We went there by taxi. Our liner: We are here. We were told that it takes 10 minutes to get to the beach. But there was a traffic jam on our...
From the Botanical Garden we went to the plantation where sugar cane is grown and rum and punch are made. Driving. Picture from the window of the bus. Bananas. Fruits are covered by blue packs. To protect them from birds and monkeys. Arrived. We were met by the dog. The dog follows us...
We arrived at the  Botanical Garden . Here is a flowering banana. This is now no surprise. It turned out that there are also miniature bananas with crimson fruits. Ok, first things first. It's not just the Botanical Garden. Little children can ride donkeys there. And there are horses...
Guadeloupe island has the shape of a butterfly.  "Butterfly" belongs to France. It is French overseas territories. The island is well developed and there are even traffic jams :) Columbus discovered the island in 1493 and named it Santa Maria de Guadalupe - d'Estremadura (in honor of St....