Decidedly French! Undeniably Caribbean! For years a classic get-away for french travellers and presently home to the BBC 1’s big hit TV drama series “Death in Paradise”, the Guadeloupe Islands are making it in the UK as a genuine holiday destination.
The Guadeloupe archipelago is a French Overseas Department and therefore a part of the European Union. It has the same organisations and institutions as any other department on mainland France.
This is a human scale destination (660 square miles), with nothing oversized. The Guadeloupe Archipelago is not too big and not too small, with no long distances to get from one place to another or to see the main touristic sites.
Tropical climate tempered year round by Tradewinds. Yearly average temperature: 28°C for the air and 26°C for the sea. There is little difference between seasons: From December to June, the islands enjoy a hot and dry climate; hot and humid from July to November.
The Guadeloupe Islands are 5 hours behind Europe time in winter and 6 hours behind in summer.
A valid national identity card is sufficient for members of the European Community. Foreign visitors must hold a valid passport and visas.
No vaccinations are compulsory except for those passengers coming from tropical countries or an infested area.
The Euro. Bank notes and coins are the same as in metropolitan France. Cash dispensers are available in all towns. Major credit cards are mostly accepted, but may not be welcome at small cafés and shops, especially on the outer islands.
French is the official language, but Créole is ever-present in daily life. English is spoken in tourist areas.
Power supply is 220 volts 50 AC with two pin French-type plugs. Adaptors might be necessary..
There are post offices in all major towns.
The country code for Guadeloupe is +590. The telephone network is automatic throughout the archipelago. The 10-figure numbering system is the same as in mainland France. All local numbers begin with 05-90. Local mobile numbers begin with 06-90.
France-Antilles is the main daily newspaper. French newspapers and magazines are commonly found in bookstores, “tabacs”; supermarket and gas stations.
Offices: 8am – 1 pm 3pm – 6pm Mon - Fri
Supermarkets: 9am – 8pm Mon-Sat
Shops: 8am - 1pm – 2pm – 6pm Mon-Fri 8am - 1pm Sat
Banks: 8am – 4pm Mon - Fri
Tourist information offices are found in major cities and on each of the Guadeloupe islands. A tourist information desk is located at the arrival area of the Guadeloupe International Airport Pôle Caraïbes.