A butterfly-shaped archipelago on the eastern edge of the Caribbean, French-speaking Guadeloupe is a collection of islands known for its rich culture and stunning natural beauty. There are five main islands that make up Guadeloupe: Bassa-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and La Desirade. Basse-Terre and Grand-Terre are the two largest, connected only by a couple of bridges. Besides its jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches – which hug both the main islands and the uninhabited ones – there’s a Unesco-listed biosphere reserve to explore, a volcanic hike to do, natural hot springs to bathe in and delicious food to dine on. Here’s why Guadeloupe should leap to the top of your bucket list.
Get the most out of Guadeloupe on a day trip sailing its shores with SamBoat.
Explore Guadeloupe for longer with a boat hire from Dream Yacht Charter.