Best places to stay in Guadeloupe
Saint-François on the island of Grand-Terre is a popular choice with families, couples and friends, with wild cliffs, historic sites and one of the most popular beaches in Guadeloupe – Raisins Clairs Beach. A bustling marina is sprinkled with shops and restaurants, plus there’s a colourful local market where you can stock up on fresh produce.
If you enjoy water sports, Saint-François is perfect as it offers wind-surfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, jet-skiing, fishing and sailing. After dark, there are bars and restaurants to enjoy, and a scattering of nightclubs with live music. The airport and ferry port are both just 34 kilometres away, which means no long transfers following your flight or crossing. Hotels in Saint-François are 2,3 and 4-star accommodations, apartments and villas to suit all needs.
Hotels in Saint-François
Le Gosier is also located on Grande-Terre close to the airport and ferry port which are both around 15 minutes’ drive. Popular with all ages, there are picturesque islets and stunning palm-fringed white sand beaches leading to aquamarine waters popular with snorkellers and divers. There’s an Aquarium which showcases native Caribbean marine life and on Friday nights the resort hosts a vibrant market where you can purchase local handicrafts and fresh produce.
Le Gosier has some of the best nightlife on Guadeloupe on its doorstep, with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and casinos, or you can venture into nearby Pointe-a-Pitre for even more options! Hotels in Le Gosier cater to all tastes and budgets with budget, mid-range and luxury hotels on offer.
Hotels in Le Gosier
Sainte-Anne is located between Le Gosier and Saint-François on the south coast of Grand-Terre, Guadeloupe. It’s a main tourist location, yet small than the other two resorts. You can enjoy lazy days soaking up the Caribbean sunshine on beautiful Anse à Jacques beach, visiting local churches and markets or dining on delicious island cuisine in one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Sainte-Anne is a great central base if you wish to hire a car and explore other resorts along the southern coast, and as it’s only 30 minutes from the airport and ferry port there are no long transfers. Hotels are 2,3 and 4-star calibre, and there’s also a selection of bungalows, apartments and villas for larger families travelling together.
Hotels in Sainte-Anne
Deshaies is a peaceful resort on the north west coast of Basse-Terre island in the archipelago. With a hillside backdrop of verdant greenery, a chic Mediterranean vibe and some of the islands most beautiful beaches, this quaint fishing village is an ideal choice for couples who wish to get away from it all. The resort has been a popular film location for a TV series, and there is a good choice of craft shops and restaurants serving seafood and local cuisine.
Hotels and apartments in Deshaies tend to be small and friendly - mid-range with a laid-back atmosphere. If you are concerned about transfer times to Deshaies from the airport and ferry port, don’t worry, it only takes 50 minutes to reach this idyllic corner of the island.
Hotels in Deshaies
If you love delving deep into local history, Le Moule on the eastern shores of Grande-Terre is the place to stay. During the 17th and 18th centuries the town was a booming sugar port, and today, the area is still abundant with sugarcane and banana plantations. If you choose Le Moule as your preferred resort to stay in, you can look forward to sampling Caribbean rum in local distilleries, discovering grand colonial buildings and browsing archaeological parks and museums.
Le Moule is just half an hours’ drive from the airport, boasts beautiful beaches, water sport centres, shops, bars and restaurants. It’s a popular choice with couples and families seeking a relaxing stay, offering a range of apartments, villas, budget and luxury hotels.
Hotels in Le Moule
Bouillante is on the west coast of Basse-Terre around an hour from the international airport. It’s an unspoilt, peaceful location popular with couples, families and families seeking a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. It’s home to the underwater Cousteau Reserve making it popular with scuba divers and snorkellers and famous for its hot springs and black sand beach.
Several restaurant serve home-cooked Creole cuisine and there is live music and dancing which everyone can enjoy. Hotels and apartments in Bouillante are small, friendly and comfortable establishments which cater to all tastes and budgets.
Hotels in Bouillante