Whether it’s soaking up rays on Pain de Sucre Beach, picking up supplies at the Spice Market or swimming in the clear waters of Bassin Bleu, there are endless things to do on the dozen sun-kissed islands of Guadeloupe. Here are our favourites.
Steeped in history, untouched by mass tourism and boasting more than its fair share of natural beauty, the islands of this French archipelago offer culture, adventure and, above all, great food. The island’s African roots remain very much part of its Creole culture, which can be explored at its many museums and restaurants. The quiet villages on the five main islands butting the coastline feature rainforests with waterfalls, towering volcano peaks and mangrove-fringed beaches.
Worth a trip to the island of Marie-Galante in its own right, La Playa has a reputation for serving up the best food in Guadeloupe. Combining locally caught seafood with Creole flavours, standout dishes include tuna medallions with sesame seeds and wasabi and whole lobster with Creole sauce. Finish with a nightcap overlooking the ocean.