Guadeloupe lies at 16 degrees 15 minutes north latitude and 61 degrees 34 minutes west longitude, and is part of the Leeward Islands. The island is geographically distinctive because of its butterfly shape. The eastern wing is Grand-Terre. Pointe-à-Pitre, the island's biggest city, is in the southeastern corner and is the center of tourism.
The western wing is Basse-Terre, which is less developed and dominated by a national park. A narrow channel called the Salt River separates the two halves of the island. There are rolling fields of sugarcane, but amazing rainforests as well, which many rare and colorful species of birds and animals call home.
Snorkelers and divers will be captivated by the variety of marine and coral life in the pristine, azure waters that surround the islands that make up Guadeloupe. Foodies will delight in the delicious and distinctive cuisine, which is a blend of French and Creole influences.
On the quieter, nearby islands, many of the inhabitants still wear traditional Creole dress and the mix of African, European and East Indian cultures makes for a melting pot of great charm and excitement.
A Dream Yacht Charter bareboat sailing vacation on Guadeloupe is the ideal family, or romantic getaway. Make sure you don't miss the beautiful Crayfish waterfall. Afterward, you can linger for swim in its refreshing pools. For a more dramatic sight head to the south of Basse Terre and visit the famous 350-foot Carbet Waterfalls.
From our base at Pointe-à-Pitre, sailors can head south, plotting a course through untouched islands with amazing rainforests. If you're more interested in sailing than sightseeing, head north for more challenging blue water cruising.
The Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve in the waters close to Pigeon Island features an abundance of colorful coral forests and marine life. The undersea park is considered one of the best dive sites in the world.