Things to see and do - Guadeloupe
Where to go?
Practical A to Z
Practical A to Z
- Eating out
- Embassies and consulates
- Getting around
- Opening times
There is no shortage of traditional restaurants, often run by families, serving reasonably priced Creole dishes. On average, a full menu will cost from €12-15 and a single dish €7-8 (meat or fish and vegetables).
Some rented cottage proprietors prepare Creole dishes for their guests if booked ahead of time and generally in the evening. Meals in private homes (table d’hôte) are becoming more widespread.
The large hotels offer all-inclusive buffets (€15 to 18). The most expensive restaurants charge around €40 for a full meal, without drinks.
Wine is quite expensive and rarely very good.
Service is included in the price of meals and drinks, but a tip is always appreciated.
The voltage in Guadeloupe is 220V (50Hz) and the sockets are the same as in continental Europe.
Embassies and consulates
British Embassy – The UK does not have a consular mission in Guadeloupe and British nationals are asked to contact the British Embassy in Paris – t 01 44 51 31 00 - http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk/en/
Irish Embassy – Ireland does not have a consular mission in Guadeloupe either and Irish nationals should contact the Irish Embassy in Paris – t 01 44 17 67 00 - http://www.embassyofireland.fr/
The best way to explore Guadeloupe is by car. On Les Saintes, La Désirade and Marie-Galante, which are not very big, scooters are the best way of getting around. Avoid parking underneath coconut or mango trees, whose heavy fruit can damage your car when it falls off the tree.
There is no public transport system in Guadeloupe, but a number of private bus firms do operate on the island. Timetables and itineraries are rarely indicated.
Getting from island to island
There are regular maritime links between Guadeloupe, la Désirade, les Saintes and Marie-Galante and with Martinique, Dominique and Ste-Lucie, leaving from Pointe-à-Pitre, St-François, Trois-Rivières and Basse-Terre.
The quality of health care in Guadeloupe is comparable to that of France and most of the villages of Guadeloupe have a chemist.
Beware of the fierce tropical sun, particularly at midday. Never sunbathe between 11am and 2pm. Make sure you apply a high SPF factor sun block, particularly when during the first few days.
Contact with some coral can produce severe rashes. In the sea, wear plastic sandals or slippers to avoid accidents. Steer clear of sea urchins, which are poisonous.
The quality of the tap water throughout Guadeloupe is good. It is not however recommended to drink spring or river water. Bottled water can be bought in all grocery stores.
Police: t 17
Fire brigade: t 18
Ambulance: t 15
Internet cafés are more and more commonplace on the island. Rates are relatively high (around €6/hour).
The currency of Guadeloupe is the Euro and Automatic Telling Machines are widespread, except on La Désirade and Les Saintes.
Credit cards are accepted by hotels, but rarely in rented cottages.
The cost of living in Guadeloupe is a little higher than in France for everyday purchases, but roughly the same for restaurants and rented cottages. Hotels are generally quite expensive.
Banks are generally open Monday-Friday from 8am-12noon and 2-4pm. In summer, branches close at 3pm and at 12noon on the day before public holidays. During the carnival period, bank and government office opening hours are generally much shorter.
Government offices are open Monday-Friday from 8am-12noon and 2-5pm.
Shops are generally open Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm and 2-5pm and on Saturday mornings. Supermarkets don’t close at lunchtime and stay open until 8pm from Monday-Saturday.
Restaurants are generally open from 11.30am-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm. Many are closed on Sundays.
Post offices opening hours vary from one branch to another: generally Monday-Friday 8am-12noon and 2-4pm, Saturday 8am-12noon.
Public phone booths are widespread. The mobile phone network is also very well developed.
Landlines in Guadeloupe begin with 05 90 and mobile phone numbers with 06 90.
To call Guadeloupe from abroad
From Europe (except France), dial 00 + 590 (or 690 for a mobile phone) + 6-digit number of the person.
From North America, dial 011 + 590 (or 690 for a mobile phone) + 6-digit number of the person.
To call home from Guadeloupe
Dial 00 + country code (UK 44 and Ireland 353) + the number of the person.
Making calls inside Guadeloupe
Dial the 10-digit number of the person.