Just like Martinique, Guadeloupe belongs to the French overseas department and is the largest island of the French Antilles with its butterfly shape. While the west side is very mountainous and forested, the east side is characterized by a flat hilly landscape, which is often used as pasture land or for growing sugar cane. The stay on Guadelupe alone is worth several days. Our cruise starts in the capital Pointe-à-Pitre, and it does not take long until we reach one of the most beautiful places on this tour. Marie Galante, the circular offshore island, offers not only dreamlike beaches but also numerous rum distilleries and extensive hilly landscapes. The impressive views of the miles of coral reefs help to round off this island tour perfectly.
Another must-see on this trip is just west of Marie Galante. The “Iles des Saintes” leave nothing to be desired, and many sailors and day tourists are attracted to this small group of islands at the gates of Guadeloupe. Small bays, Caribbean beaches, restaurants, bars, and a lively atmosphere await us.
Heading south, we continue to Dominica, known for its thermal springs, mangrove forests, and culinary specialties, which makes a full-day excursion very worthwhile. After leaving Dominica, we set a north course, passing the impressive west side of Guadeloupe, and after a stop at the northwest coast, we reach the sailing mecca “Antigua.” Where the world-famous annual “Sailing week” takes place. The marina of Nelson’s Dockyard is the starting point and home port of many superyachts. Even without the impressive tall ships, Antigua gives you the feeling of having arrived in the middle of the “Ferrero Roche” advertising. Luxurious, Caribbean, and with a lot of international flairs.
Conclusion: A wonderful 14-day trip, where the highlights are right off the coast of Guadeloupe.
Bord cash: approx. 250€ per week
On land: Caribbean villages, rum distilleries, mangrove forests, parties
For the eye: Finest sandy beaches, dolphins, whales, views of the islands, racing yachts
Sailing: Mostly constant trade winds 3-6 bft, numerous mooring buoys, anchoring