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Guadeloupe is part of the Caribbean in the Lesser Antilles chain. The territory is a small collection of islands which include several notable mountains and volcanoes. Each of these summits rise above 4,000 feet.
Most of the population of the islands is Creole. Local creole language is spoken along with the traditional official language of French.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Guadeloupe. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Guadeloupe: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
Not all diseases are vaccine preventable. Be sure to take precautions against these infections:
Traveler’s diarrhea is a common issue not preventable by vaccine. Be sure to bring a traveler’s diarrhea kit with you to avoid this sometimes embarrasing ailment.
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You do not need a visa to travel to Guadeloupe for stays under 90 days. Proof of onward or return travel may be required.
You will need a passport valid six months past your entry date with a blank page in it for an entry stamp.
While passports are not always required for cruises in this region, it is best to be prepared. Make sure you have a passport with you for your trip.
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Guadeloupe has a warm, tropical climate with consistent temperatures and Northeast tradewinds year-round. Average temperatures for coastal areas range are in the 70’s. Temperatures for inland regions are in the mid-to-high 70’s.
Humidity can become quite high in Guadeloupe. The territory has a wet season from June through November and a dry season from December to May. Rain and storms can happen at any time but they generally pass quickly.
Hurricane season is from June to November. Though it is uncommon for hurricanes to reach the islands – it happens roughly once or twice every decade.
While Guadeloupe is a relatively safe travel destination, there are some thing to be aware of.
Don’t leave valuables unattended and watch yourself against petty street crime. Take extra precautions at beaches and other public areas.
Carefully consider your safety before enjoying a watersport or similar activity. Make sure you only used licensed rental or tour groups or bring your own gear for some activities.
Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid traveling alone, especially at night.
Marie Galante is a small island about 15 miles away from the Guadeloupe. It was named after the flagship Marigalante by Columbus in 1493 on his second voyage to the Antilles.
It is an excellent spot for travelers who want a little of everything.
The island has beautiful, relaxing white-sand beaches with picnic sites and coral reefs. You can feel free to enjoy snorkeling and swimming.
For culture and architecture, the island offers sites like the Notre Dame de Marie Galante church. Built in 1827, the building has a sky-blue ceiling and a detailed marble alter. Other notable stops include the Château Murat and the Habitation Roussel. Ruins of sugar factories and windmills can also be seen all over.
Marie Galante enjoys a celebrated history of one of Guadeloupe’s main exports: rum. The island has three currently working distilleries famous for the drink. If you wish to try it, it packs quite a strong punch at about 59% proof.
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Guadeloupe does not have an embassy on the island. For help and information, contact the U.S. embassy on Barbados:
U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Phone: (246) 227-4000
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