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Hasn't anyone been to Guadeloupe lately?

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I hate to be a pest, but I have a property holding until tonight at RCI. I really would like some helpful input and hope to hear from someone re: if you could get by in France with really bad french can you get by in Guadeloupe? Are the restaurants really expensive? Is it a nice island. Thinking of going in June.

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    I spent 4 weeks during June 2001 with my daughter in Guadeloupe and loved it. I can't say much about the resort areas since we stayed in a great bungalow in Ste. Anne , Le Verger de Ste. Anne, for the first three weeks. There are few Americans who visit Guadeloupe so most people everywhere were very friendly, with the exception of the vacationing French. We speak French well but if you have some language ability in French you should be able to communicate if you have a sense of humor about it. There are many who can speak bad English since they learned it in school but seldom do they have the need to use it. There is far less of a French influence than in Martinique and the majority of restaurants are of native cuisine. Again, I cannot speak of the resort areas, such as those around Bas du Fort, Gosier and St. Francois which we visited only briefly. Prices were in the medium range. The beaches are gorgeous, particularly on Grande Terre at Ste. Anne and beyond. We loved driving everywhere and exploring small towns. The topography changes dramatically too. The coastal drive on Basse Terre is breathtaking and there are many interesting hikes in the National Forest on that island . Don't plan on spending more than an hour or two in Point a Pitre, the main city on Grande Terre. It is really ugly and only the market and shopping area are of any interest. The capital city of Basse Terre is better but not tremendously so. The best scuba and snorkeling arrangements in June, which is off season, are at the small town of Malendure on Basse Terre by the Cousteau Preserve. We stayed there at the hotel complex on the mountainside because they had special rates for the summer. A rental car is must. Most roads are excellent but off the main routes they can get very narrow and on Basse Terre, very steep, and I mean very steep. There are surprises also. Heading back to a parking lot for one of the hikes on Basse Terre, we were driving on two strips of rocks. It is a wonderful place to visit for outdoor activites and adventure but if you are seeking a resort type experience I would think another destination would be better.

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