What if we opted for the Caribbean for the next vacation? A little sun and lazing around never hurts. From dream beaches to exceptional hikes, passing by superb waterfalls and water activities of all kinds, everyone will be served. Guadeloupe meets the expectations of the whole family. Now you have to prepare for your trip.
When to go to Guadeloupe?
First of all, you have to decide when to go. And it often depends on the season. You are in the tropics and it is to this humid climate that we owe the great wealth of Guadeloupe fauna. However, one time of the year is less rainy than the other. Indeed, in Guadeloupe, as everywhere in these latitudes, there are 2 seasons:
Wintering, which corresponds to the wet and cyclonic season, extends from June to November
Lent, which is the dry season, runs from November to June.
Lent is the high season in Guadeloupe, and particularly the period from December to April, when the climate is the most lenient. The days are rather hot and dry and the evenings cooler. However, it should be noted however that the prices will be higher during this period … High season requires.
The trick is to go in November or May to take advantage of the pleasant Lent climate, while saving money.
Book your plane ticket
Pôle Caraïbes Airport in Guadeloupe is very well served by the metropolis. On average, 6 planes take off every day from Orly to Guadeloupe. There is therefore little chance of not being able to leave at the desired time. The companies that make the daily connection are Air France, Corsair and Air Caraïbes. Otherwise, Belgium has also opened a direct line from Brussels with Air Belgium, which offers an average of 3 flights per week.
Which company to choose? The prices are often quite close, the competition is such that the different companies cannot afford to widen the price differences. Tip for getting the best rates: Better to buy your plane tickets on the internet, longer in advance. In addition, companies regularly make promotional offers, such as Air Caraïbes. We must therefore be vigilant and monitor regularly. As for flight schedules, all planes leave Paris in the morning or at the very beginning of the afternoon. There is no night flight from Orly. On the other hand, all returns from Pointe-à-Pitre make you travel at night.
Rent a car
In Guadeloupe there are 1,000 things to see between the waterfalls, the beaches, the hiking trails and the cliffs of Grande-Terre … In short, to have the chance to see as much as possible you have to find a way to move. The only way to do it with complete freedom is to go through car rental in Guadeloupe . Why ? Because public transport is almost non-existent, does not serve the whole island and the timetables are very approximate.
To rent a car, the same advice as for plane tickets: book as far in advance as possible to get the best prices. Also, it is better to rent online, the prices being more interesting than in an agency. We notice it very quickly, there are many car rental brands in Guadeloupe.Jumbo Car Guadeloupe has the advantage of being a local rental company and a major brand specializing in overseas departments for many years. Also, the prices are always adapted. Its big advantage is that one of its agencies is located directly at Guadeloupe airport. Once you get off your plane, a free shuttle picks you up from the airport exit and takes you to the park 2 minutes away to pick up your car. Ditto for the return, it drops you there after returning the vehicle. Easy, fast, economical and efficient.
Which car to choose? For more comfort and safety and to be sure that you can go anywhere, it is better to rent an SUV-type raised car.
Find your accommodation
The choice is very wide in Guadeloupe. Many hotels or hotel residences are located near key places on the island as well as near the most beautiful beaches. Many individuals also offer accommodation for rent in Airbnb. You will also see cottages and other villas with swimming pools for rent at prices that might surprise you depending on the time of year. The easiest way is to go through booking platforms like Booking or Airbnb.
It is possible to opt either for a single accommodation for the entire stay, or for a more “nomadic” holiday. It is common to see tourists who take accommodation on Grande-Terre for part of the stay and then another in Basse-Terre. The advantage is that you can plan to spend a few days on the annex islands like Marie-Galante or Les Saintes without paying for 2 accommodation at the same time. This more economical option is often very popular.