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Welcome to Guadeloupe on the Paradise Islands website. Guadeloupe is part of the Caribbean Leeward island chain, located mid way between Antigua to the north and Dominica to the south. Another close neighbour is the island of Montserrat, just to the north west. Guadeloupe is an overseas department of France and a popular vacation destination for French visitors (83%) and those sailing the Caribbean.

Porte d'Enfer Guadeloupe


Guadeloupe was named "Santa Maria de Guadalupe de Extremadura" by Christopher Columbus when he landed on the island in 1493. Columbus was also the first European to discover the pineapple growing on the island of Guadeloupe. The island was first settled by the French in 1635 and changed hands several times with the British over the next century during conflicts for the lucrative sugar industry.

Les Saintes

East Coast

Les Saintes

Les Saintes East Coast


Guadeloupe is actually not one, but five islands: Basse-Terre Island, Grande-Terre, La Desirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante (see map). The islands land area is quite large at over 600 square miles; with the main island of Basse-Terre having a volcanic mountainous interior. Grande Terre is much flatter with a large number of beaches.

Tourism and agriculture (sugar and bananas) are the main sources of income. The island capital is Basse-Terre and the population is over 450,000.


The official language is French and the currency is the euro (Guadeloupe is part of the European Union). Don't expect many of the locals to speak much English or the shops to accept US dollars; this is very much a French island catering for predominantly French speaking visitors.
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