Where to stay in Guadeloupe — The Butterfly Islands
Located in the Caribbean Sea, Guadeloupe is an archipelago that consists of more than 12 islands, several of which are inhabited. Sometimes referred to as the Butterfly Islands, due to the shape, Guadeloupe is a French overseas region, with the largest city being Pointe-à-Pitre, but the capital is Basse-Terre.
Tourism, along with agriculture and light industries, is one of the most important sources of income for this archipelago. Over the years, they have been working on further developing the tourism industry and attracting more visitors.
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5 best places to stay in Guadeloupe
The two largest islands, which also create the butterfly shape of the archipelago, are Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre. Pointe-à-Pitre, the largest city and the economic capital of Guadeloupe, is located on Grande-Terre. Some of the other cities include Baie-Mahault, St Anne, Le Moule, Le Gosier, and St François.
Here are our top 5 picks for places to stay in Guadeloupe:
- St Anne
- Le Gosier
- Le Moule
|5 best places to stay in Guadeloupe|
|St Anne||A city situated on Grande-Terre, one of the most tourist-oriented area in Guadeloupe, an excellent place for first-time visitors.|
|Le Gosier||The hub of nightlife in Guadeloupe, this is where you are most likely to have a great night out.|
|Pointe-à-Pitre||As the financial capital and largest city, Pointe-à-Pitre is our pick for the best place to stay for an extended period of time.|
|Le Moule||A great place for people who enjoy visiting museums and exhibitions. This place is also a bit quieter and not so action-packed like some other areas.|
|Basse-Terre||Basse-Terre is our selection for a place to visit for travelers on a budget.|
Getting around Guadeloupe
There is public transport in Guadeloupe in the form of buses, however, they are quite unreliable, unpredictable, and not so safe. Your best option for getting around and exploring everything that Guadeloupe has to offer is by renting a car. There are quite a number of rental car companies, so you have plenty of options to choose from.
Where to stay in Guadeloupe for the first time — St Anne
St Anne has focused, in recent years, most of its attention on developing tourism, but agriculture is still equally important and prominent which is evident in the famous market Marché de Sainte-Anne. Other great places include Plage de la Caravelle, Plage de Bois Jolan, and Karaib Rider’s Park.
Things to see and do in St Anne
Here are some of our suggestions for things to do:
- Shop at Marché de Sainte-Anne
- Relax at Plage de Bois Jolan
- Have fun at the Karaib Rider’s Park
Marché de Sainte-Anne
This small and charming local market sells fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, souvenirs, arts and crafts, and a lot more. It is located really close to the beach.
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Plage de Bois Jolan
Enjoy your stay in St Anne by visiting the Plage de Bois Jolan. This beach is known for its glistening white sand, tall palm trees, and beautiful and calm blue waters.
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Karaib Rider’s Park
Karaib Rider’s Park is a water park suited for all ages. Head out to this park and have fun in the water.
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Where to stay in St Anne
St Anne offers a number of places close to the beach with the average price per night being about $92 with some being lower than that but most above that price range. These are our suggestions:
Affordable: Hotel Gli Gli
Mid-range: an apartment surrounded by the beautiful and alluring nature.
Luxury: La Toubana Hôtel et Spa
Where to stay in Guadeloupe for nightlife – Le Gosier
Le Gosier is considered to be the best place to stay if you are looking for bars and clubs. A lot of them are located near the beach or even on it. Our suggestions are based on the atmosphere, music, and drinks.
Things to see and do in Le Gosier
Here are some of our picks:
- La Rhumerie
- Le Petit New-York
- Zoo Rock Cafe
La Rhumerie is a bar that serves excellent cocktails accompanied by fantastic live music. A guaranteed way to have a great time.
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Le Petit New-York
This club comes alive during the night with the neon lights and great music provided by the DJ. Here you can hear everything from hip-hop to rock.
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Zoo Rock Cafe
Head out to this restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal with some tasty drinks and great music playing in the background.
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Where to stay in Le Gosier
One particularly noticeable feature of apartments in Le Gosier, and in Guadeloupe in general, is that they are decorated with interesting objects and painted in vibrant colors. The prices for a night in an apartment in Le Gosier go from about $25 to around $80, on average.
Here are some suggestions for where to stay:
Affordable: a vibrant and colorful apartment with a pool.
Mid-range: this bright and modern studio is located in an ideal location – right next to the beach.
Luxury: an apartment with a beautiful view of the blue sea, close to shops, bars, and restaurants.
For other options in Le Gosier check out Airbnb.
Where to stay in Guadeloupe long term—Pointe-à-Pitre
As the largest city in Guadeloupe, as well as being the economic center, Pointe-à-Pitre has a number of things to offer to people who are thinking of making this their home for a longer period of time. The main international airport, Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, is located in this city. Pointe-à-Pitre consists of 7 communes: Les Abymes, Baie-Mahault, Petit-Bourg, Le Gosier, Pointe-à-Pitre, Lamentin, and Goyave.
Things to see and do in Pointe-à-Pitre
Pointe-à-Pitre has some great attractions to offer. Some of those include Pavillon de La Ville, Victory Square, Saint-John Perse Museum, and Memorial ACTe. There are also two local markets, Market Darse and Spice Market.
Here are some of our suggestions for things to do and see while in Pointe-à-Pitre:
- Visit Memorial ACTe
- Visit Saint-John Perse Museum
- Visit Victory Square
Learn about the dark and unpleasant history behind this archipelago. This is a museum dedicated to commemorating the slave trade and slavery. These unfortunate events shaped Guadeloupe into what it is today and it’s important to educate ourselves about it.
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Saint-John Perse Museum
A museum dedicated to Alexis Léger who is perhaps better known as Saint-John Perse. He was a French poet and Nobel laureate.
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A once historical location, now it serves as a public park where people gather to meet, walk or dine. There are a bunch of restaurants nearby. This park is also close to some of the aforementioned attractions and sites.
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Where to stay in Pointe-à-Pitre
Our suggestions for places to stay were based on price, comfort, and location. On average, a night in an apartment in Pointe-à-Pitre is about $77.
Here are some suggestions:
Affordable: a large air-conditioned studio in the heart of Pointe-à-Pitre, easy access to other places and shops.
Mid-range: a blue apartment with simple and clean interior design, at an excellent location.
Luxury: a spacious and luxurious hotel.