Guadeloupe is a bit of France miles away from St-Tropez. Afro-influences are more pronounced here, especially in the potpourri of spices that perfume the island’s plentiful outdoor markets. Although Guadeloupe is spoken of as one island, it’s actually several, each with its own personality. "The mainland" consists of Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, where rain forests, black- and gold-sand beaches, craggy swimming holes, and charming villages await. The outer islands—Les Saintes, Marie-Galante, and La Désirade—are unique and unspoiled travel destinations in their own rights.
- Creole Flavors Guadeloupe's restaurants and hotel dining rooms highlight the island's fine creole cuisine.
- Small Inns Also called relais and gites (apartments) these intimate accommodations give you a genuine island experience.
- Adventure Sports Parc National has plenty of activities to keep the adrenaline pumping.
- La Désirade Remote and affordable, this friendly island provides an escape-from-it-all experience.