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Yacht Charter Guadeloupe

A Guadeloupe sailing charter is the ideal vacation for those looking to escape to the authentic, less-traveled Caribbean. And, as more than two-thirds of Guadeloupe is a nature reserve, it’s also a great location for lovers of wildlife.

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Highlights

  • Colourful carnivals & festivals
  • Hiking La Grande Soufrière
  • Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve

Sailing Guadeloupe

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Sailing Guadeloupe’s French archipelago offers the chance to discover small islands close to our base at Bas du Fort, such as Marie Galante and Les Saintes. If you want to sail further out, you can head north to Antigua or south to Dominica. 

Eastern Guadeloupe, Grand-Terre, features Pointe-à-Pitre, the island’s biggest city, while the less developed western Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre, is dominated by an impressive national park. A narrow channel called the Salt River separates these two halves of the island.

Make sure you get to swim in the refreshing pools of beautiful Crayfish waterfall while on your Guadeloupe sailing charter. Or sail south and visit the famous 350-foot Carbet Waterfalls. 

Nearby is the island of Marie Galante, which offers fantastic snorkeling and scenic sugarcane fields. For anchorages, head to Les Saintes and take a stroll on Terre-de-Haut. 

For marine life and colorful coral forests, head to Jacques Cousteau’s Underwater Reserve, close to Pigeon Island. This underwater world is considered one of the best dive sites in the Windward Islands and is not to be missed if you’re sailing Guadeloupe.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway..
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.

Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.

Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean holiday.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in Guadeloupe

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Sail the island of 100 windmills

A short sail will land you at the quaint, undeveloped island of Marie-Galante. The landscape includes sugarcane fields, rum distilleries and up to 100 old windmills, providing a scenic and peaceful stopover. Head to Saint Louis fishing village and snorkel with colorful fish.

See the beauty of Dominica

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this rugged, mountainous island nation, known as the ‘nature island’, with its hot springs and tropical rainforests. It’s one of our favorite things to do in Guadeloupe. We’re sure it’ll soon be one of yours too.

Enjoy the anchorages of Les Saintes

This group of tiny islands is reminiscent of St. Barts, with their red-tiled roofs and French culture. Spend the day exploring and sampling French cuisine at the many restaurants. Don’t miss Fort Napoléon and Pompierre Beach on Terre-de-Haut.

Petite Terre Islands National Nature Reserve

There are so many things to do in Guadeloupe, but we’d definitely recommend sailing to this nearby nature reserve so you can delight in a natural Eden of flora and fauna. Most notable here is the Lesser Antillean Iguana, but you can often spot sea turtles too. Be sure to reserve a mooring in advance.

Snorkel at Cousteau Marine Park

Make for Pigeon Island while on your Guadeloupe yacht charter and explore the coral garden known as Reserve Cousteau. Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau used this area for diving tests and you can see turtles, staghorn and elkhorn coral, and a wide variety of reef fish. You can even see a bronze statue of Cousteau 12m below the surface.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to visit Guadeloupe?

The best time to visit Guadeloupe is between January and March, when the temperature and humidity ease and there is less rain. The dry season is between December and May, with the driest month in March.

Between December and April can be popular, but there is a risk of rain, while the May to October period is hot, humid and rainy.

The temperatures in Guadeloupe average 74ºF in winter and 87ºF in summer. Temperatures at night can drop, so make sure you pack a light jacket for your yacht charter in Guadeloupe.

What are the sailing conditions in Guadeloupe?

The sailing conditions for Guadeloupe yacht charters are typical of tropical climates, with a moderate northeasterly blowing steadily from January to April. In summer, the winds are lighter and more irregular, with increasing rain.

Moorings are available at Petite Terre, Les Saintes, and Portsmouth on Dominica. For Petite Terre, you have to reserve your mooring buoy in advance.

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Sailing Guadeloupe with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht charter Guadeloupe

Enjoy sailing this French archipelago and explore the coves and beaches on one of our cutting-edge catamarans or monohulls.

Skippered yacht charter Guadeloupe

You can enjoy sailing Guadeloupe even if you don’t know how to sail. Hire a skipper to sail you and your guests.

Guadeloupe by the cabin charters

Discover Guadeloupe with our full board cabin cruises. Leave the planning, sailing and cooking to us and reserve your own private cabin and bathroom.

Guadeloupe crewed charters

Tailor the itinerary and menu to design the perfect Guadeloupe sailing vacation for you and your guests. Hire your own private luxury yacht and our captain and chef will look after you for the ultimate in luxury.

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Guadeloupe sailing itinerary

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Guadeloupe 7 Days
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8-day itinerary Guadeloupe

Day 1

You’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars with creole food, such as mahi mahi, and music at our base, Marina Bas Du Fort, which will entertain you for your first night.

Day 2

Sail to Marie Galante for your first experience of snorkeling in Guadeloupe. Be careful of the buoys and lobster pots, which the local fisherman have placed everywhere around the island.

Day 3

Explore Marie Galante and its beaches and anchorages.

Day 4

Head west to the archipelago of Les Saintes, where you can find a good number of anchorages in the natural harbor.

Day 5

Explore Les Saintes by scooter, bus, or on foot and don’t miss Fort Napoleon and the beautiful beaches.

Day 6

Visit the Islet Gosier with its lush vegetation, surrounded by a large coral reef. The perfect spot for a swim and snorkel.

Day 7

Return to Marina Bas Du Fort in Guadeloupe, spending your final night in the marina.

Day 8

Marina Bas du Fort to disembark.

Useful information for yacht charters in Guadeloupe

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How do I get to Guadeloupe from the US?

You can get to Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP) via flights from many eastern US cities, including Miami (3 hours 35 minutes) and New York (4 hours 30 minutes) with American Airlines and Norwegian Air International. Many connecting flights are offered through neighboring islands, including Antigua, and St. Martin. 

We can arrange airport transfers on request. The airport is a 30-minute taxi ride away from our base.

What language is spoken in Guadeloupe?

The language spoken in Guadeloupe is French.

What is the currency used in Guadeloupe?

The currency used in Guadeloupe and the French Lesser Antilles islands is the Euro, while it is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar for the other islands (St. Lucia and St. Vincent, etc).

What are the customs restrictions for Guadeloupe?

If you sail Guadeloupe, customs clearance is mandatory, except for Marie Galante, Les Saintes and Petite Terre. You can clear customs at our marina.

What documents do I need to sail Guadeloupe?

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel for your Guadeloupe sailing charter.

How do I get around Guadeloupe?

You can get around Guadeloupe via taxi, but they run on the meter and they can be expensive, especially after 9pm when a surcharge is added. If you want to travel by bus, be aware that most people will speak French or Creole. If you can’t speak these languages, carry a map with you so you can show where you want to travel to.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Guadeloupe?

You’ll find free Wi-Fi at the marina while on your Guadeloupe sailing charter. Getting online is easy, with plenty of Wi-Fi spots in restaurants and cafes, but you may find that speeds vary.

What regulations are there in Guadeloupe?

There is no night sailing permitted in Guadeloupe.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Guadeloupe?

You can find Guadeloupe weather forecasts on the MeteoFrance or WindGuru websites.

What provisioning is there in Guadeloupe?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning in Guadeloupe. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Guadeloupe sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags on your Guadeloupe sailing charter, as suitcases are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Guadeloupe?

The electrical current in Guadeloupe is 220V – 50Hz (power sockets are C, D and E type).

What is the dialing code for Guadeloupe?

The dialing code for Guadeloupe is +1 590.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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Excellent cruise and very good stay. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

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Just returned from another fantastic sailing week at your base in Pula and I would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible on such short notice and without any problems.

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The marina itself is a perfect starting point with great facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was amazing and very knowledgeable of the area.”

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Baja is my favorite place now. There was something for everyone: sailed under northerlies with mostly calm evenings, snorkeled, fished, bummed it on the sandy beaches, enchanted by pelicans feeding, greeted by the barking sea lions and explored the Ispiritu Santo island geology. DYC La Paz base provided competent professional support with a well provisioned and maintained boat. We were nourished well by an onboard cook arranged with DYC freeing us all for more play. A vacation and an adventure connected with nature.

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All staff were fantastic and made our trip very memorable. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing. The service throughout the trip was always first class!

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Absolutely recommended. Perfect service and set up. Will charter again and will recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

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Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of amazing sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. I would like to express my thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our hostess.

Giles

Sardinia Bareboat

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is great. The Dream Yacht Charter service is too!

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and actually got engaged on the first night of our sail! We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for getting us ready for our charter. We were definitely beginners but he gave us a very thorough but very easy to follow training and it gave us a lot of confidence.

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The on board experience was way beyond our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. We could not believe her creativity and delicious meals. Thomas was an excellent skipper. He was always on the lookout for our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, New Caledonia bareboat with crew charter

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Yet again another fantastic sail with another great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.

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Unforgettable spots to snorkel and beaches. Very experienced crew. Highly recommend.

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