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Guadeloupe is a cluster of islands in the French Caribbean, relatively new on the digital nomad scene. This tropical paradise is far from being the best place for a digital nomad, but you can still get the job done with a little effort. Since Guadeloupe belongs to France, you will require a visa to stay and work on the islands the same as you would in the EU. If you are getting ready for your first Guadeloupe adventure, here is a travel vlog to help you out:
You won’t find many coworking spaces in Guadeloupe, and sometimes you will be better off working from your apartment or a hotel room. While Wi-Fi has replaced Internet cafés, Guadeloupe is still having trouble offering quality internet everywhere. Some places (cafés, restaurants, and bars) have free Wi-Fi, but the connection outside coworking spaces is often slow and flaky. Take a look at our suggestions of coworking spaces and cafés you can work from in Guadeloupe.
Image source: Le Spot Coworking website
Le Spot Coworking is the only coworking space in Guadeloupe that has all you need to work comfortably. Located in the popular Baie Mahault zone, this place is full of digital nomads from around the world. The staff is welcoming and will do anything they can to give you everything you need.
We loved the interior design of Le Spot. This is not a big space, but it’s well organized into separate areas, making it look larger. Workstations give you plenty of room to work comfortably even when someone is sitting beside you. Ergonomic chairs and desks are back-savers when you have to put in long hours over your computer.
A soundproof room upstairs has a ring light and is in high demand among the podcast crowd. If you want to stretch your legs or chill in the lounge corner on the upper floor, you can use personal lockers to store your belongings. Le Spot also has a library, so you can borrow something to read during your break. Coffee is free, and you can drink as much as you want since they make several fresh batches during the day. If you want to network, Le Spot organizes events and occasionally hosts TEDx.
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Image source: Talent Hub Facebook
Talent Hub is a small coworking space in the Saint Claude commune you can skip when in Guadeloupe. We were invited to meet with some digital nomads here, and we were also hoping to get some work done afterward. That didn’t go as we planned since Talent Hub is great for teams but lousy for individual work.
The coworking space consists of only one room, with a large desk serving as a conference table when needed and a cozy kitchen. Foosball is installed in the corner of the same room, so when someone is playing, the space turns loud and annoying. One standing desk and a cozy couch are the best parts of Talent Hub when it comes to amenities. People and the staff are also great, and you will feel accepted the moment you walk through the door.
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Six spots to cowork in Guadeloupe we also liked
Although Guadeloupe is just starting to figure out the coworking scene, it also has wonderful cafés and restaurants with reliable Wi-Fi. Here is one coworking space and other places fine enough to work from:
- Le FORT CoWorking Social Hub
- Gelato & Cappuccino Maître Glacier Italien
- Café de France
- Le Thé Penseur
- Désirs du Palais
- Cafè des Arts
Image source: Le FORT CoWorking Social Hub Facebook
Le FORT CoWorking Social Hub is a coworking space that appears as though it’s part of a wine cellar. The décor is full of wood and exposed brick, with barrels serving as standing desks, giving this space a familiar coziness.
This space has lots of natural light and expands to a large terrace where you can also work or enjoy a free cup of coffee. Chairs are wooden and hard, so after a couple of hours, you will get stiff and sore. We dealt with this by installing our travel stand desk in the other room and were able to get a lot of work done on our feet. Le FORT is far from perfect, and it will take a while until it’s fully transformed into a coworking space. For now, coffee and company are worth coming here and working for a few hours.
Image source: Gelato & Cappuccino Maître Glacier Italien Facebook
Gelato & Cappuccino Maître Glacier Italien is both a café and an ice-cream shop with decent Wi-Fi to kill a couple of hours. We loved coming here for after-dinner gelato, to finish some minor work. The place is small, with simple wooden furnishing, so we don’t recommend using this spot as your coworking base. It can also get noisy since families with kids frequent this place, so focusing on work may be a challenge.
Image source: Café de France website
Café de France is an eatery where we encountered a lot of digital nomads. Tables and chairs are great to spend an afternoon working, although they are far from ideal. If you don’t have anywhere else to work, Café de France has tall tables that can serve as standing desks. To get some privacy and avoid crowds, you can use the seating area behind the half walls. Our advice is to try their freshly squeezed juice — it will give you energy for those demanding tasks you need to do.
Image source: Le Thé Penseur Facebook
Le Thé Penseur is a charming tea shop with comfortable couches and cushioned chairs. We liked coming here in the morning to have breakfast and check our emails before starting any serious work elsewhere. This is a perfect spot to work and have a healthy lunch, although afternoons are the busiest here, so it can get crowded. The good news is that lots of foreigners come here, so it’s a good opportunity for networking.
Image source: Désirs du Palais Facebook
Désirs du Palais is probably the best pastry and ice-cream shop in Guadeloupe. This was our favorite spot to work on tough tasks since it’s bursting with positive vibes. We didn’t have any problems with the Wi-Fi and even used this place for more demanding tasks. Chair and tables weren’t comfortable enough to stay long, but excellent cakes will make you forget that for a moment.
Image source: Cafè des Arts Facebook
Cafè des Arts is a Caribbean restaurant with excellent food and internet for both meetings and individual work. Outdoor space is full of plants and overlooking the marina, making this place perfect for those in the creative industry. The chairs and tables are comfortable enough for working, although the internet could be better. You should avoid coming to work here in the evenings since they often have live music, and it’s hard to find a table even just to eat.