The Guadeloupe islands enjoy a temperate tropical climate thanks to the infuence of the ocean and the trade winds. Throughout the year, the air and water temperatures vary between 24 °C and 30 °C. Rainfall is very localised, short-lived and generally more common in mountain areas.
A host of accommodation solutions is available for all budgets and all tastes: traditional hotels, modern hotel complexes (more common in Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre), bungalows on the beach, gites, small charming hotels or luxury villas to rent.
In Les Saintes, Marie-Galante and La Désirade, there are a few small charming hotels and mainly gites and villas.
The most practical method of transport. The road network (toll-free) is dense (except in the archipelago of Les Saintes and in La Désirade owing to their small size), well-maintained and provides access to the main tourist sites. Car and motorcycle hire companies can be found almost everywhere.
A good alternative is to visit the Guadeloupe islands aboard a «Friendly Taxi» which offers quality services with a «shopping tour», or half-day and full-day excursions. To recognise them, look out for the «Friendly Taxi» logo on the vehicles and the drivers’ uniforms at the harbour and the airport.
A typical experience, right down to the atmosphere that reigns inside, complete immersion into the Guadeloupe population!
The five islands are all served by regular sea and air transport services.
The Guadeloupe islands are an integral part of French territory, therefore of Europe. A valid identity card or passport is sufficient.
The Guadeloupe islands share the same time zone as New York and Montreal, namely GMT -5 in winter and GMT -6 in summer.
The currency is the Euro. The coins and notes are the same as those used in Europe.
The main French banks are represented and are generally open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Some agencies are open on Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm.
Cash dispensers can be found in large towns and villages.
N.B.: cheques from outside of the island are often refused. All the banks and most of the hotels exchange traveller’s cheques and foreign currency. There are also several automatic exchange counters and exchange desks near the arrival points (ports and airport). Chèques vacances holiday vouchers are accepted.
Easily recognisable by their yellow and blue sign, post of”ces can be found in all towns.
The postage rates in force are the same as those in mainland France.
The telephone network is automatic throughout the archipelago for mainland France and offers satellite communications for other countries. The 10-“gure numbering system is the same as in mainland France.
It is possible to “nd telephone booths accepting telephone cards and credit.