Things to see and do - Guadeloupe
Leaving for Guadeloupe
Where to go?
Know before you go
Know before you go
Maison de la France – 178 Piccadilly - London W1Y 0AL - t 09068 244 123 - www.franceguide.com
Embassy of France – 58 Knightsbridge - London SW1X 7JT - t 0207 073 1000 - http://www.ambafrance-uk.org
Republic of Ireland
Maison de la France – 30 Merrion Street – Dublin 4 - t 01 672 6172 - www.franceguide.com
Embassy of France – 36 Ailesbury Road - Dublin 4 - t 01 277 5000 - http://www.ambafrance.ie/
When to go
The temperature is warm, around 27°C, all year round.
The best time to visit Guadeloupe is during the dry season, which runs from late January to late April. The other months are rainier. Hurricanes sometimes hit the island in September-October.
The time in Guadeloupe is GMT-4. So, when it is 12noon in London and Dublin, it is 7 or 8am in Port-de-Prince depending on the season.
European Union nationals are required to hold a valid passport.
An international driving licence is mandatory to rent a car, motorbike or 80cm3 scooter.
No vaccinations are compulsory, except for passengers travelling from countries where yellow fever or cholera is endemic.
Malaria and bilharzia have been eradicated so there is no particular heath risk.
Take the usual first-aid kit: sun cream, painkillers, disinfectant, plasters and mosquito repellent.
Travel insurance is advisable (automatically provided by some bank cards).
There is a wide range of websites devoted to Guadeloupe, although the vast majority are in French:
www.lesilesdeguadeloupe.com - Official website of the islands of Guadeloupe.
www.doitcaribbean.com - Official tourism site of the Caribbean.
www.antilles-info-tourisme.com - Website devoted to Guadeloupe and the West Indies in general.
www.guadeloupe-info.com - Extensive website which also offers reservation possibilities.