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One Week Vacation Rental in Guadeloupe

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My husband and I just returned from a week in Guadeloupe. We travel a lot but not usually in the caribbean but when a ski trip to Austria didn't work out I started to look at warmer destinations. While looking at delta.com I found two ff tickets to Guadeloupe.

With the tickets confimred I was off looking for reasonably priced accomadations. The hotels were quite expensive especially with the exchange on the Euro so I started looking at vacation rentals. We had good experiences renting in France and Italy so we felt comfortable trying it in Gwada.

We lucked out big on our rental. Our gite was 500 euro for the week and included final cleaning and such. We had a three bedroom two bath house with a private pool and bar-b-que. The gite was located in Pigeon a small community in Basse Terre. We were close (5 min drive) to Malendure beach as well as restaurants, boulagerie's, and supermarkets.

As Carnival was going on we went in to Basse Terre and saw some parades but that was about all of our carnival activities. We went snokelling off Pigeon island. We tried to do some hiking since there is some great trails near our gite but it rained a lot in the nights and we found the trails too wet and slippery. We twice visited the beautiful Grande Anse beach near Deshaises.

We were worried that the island would be very expensive but it really wasn't even with the exchange on the dollar. We didn't have too many suppers out since we had such a nice kitchen and bar-b-que plus the sunset was so beautiful from our gite that it was hard to leave.

I would highly recommend this island at least on the Basse Terre side of the island there was few large hotels and the beaches were uncrowded. It was such a relaxing week. My husband is fluent in french and I studied it for 12 years which certainly helped as english didn't seem to be widely spoken. We were flying on direct flights from Atlanta and there was only abot 50 people on the flights I'm hoping it was just an off week or I guess they won't keep this run going. If anyone has any questions about Guadeloupe I'd be happy to try to help.

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