The guide for your holidays in Guadeloupe versione italiana english version


What is Guadeloupe like


The islands of Guadeloupe


Les Saintes

Marie Galante

La Désirade


Getting to and around


Useful Info


Where to stay


Restaurants and Bars


Activities and sport



Printable Guide


Discount Vouchers


Useful Links



Passports and documents

Guadeloupe is part of the European Union, so it's just an identity card for all European citizens.
Bring your passport if you plan to visit some nearby islands or a cruise boat out of. To hire a car is simply the license.


Time zone

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Guadeloupe is 5 hours behind London, 4 hours in the winter during daylight saving time. For example it is now 9.30 am in Guadeloupe, therefore it is 1.30pm UK time.



What language do you speak?

The official language is French, but the local Creole is often used to talk between locals. English is taught in the schools and in the tourism industries you will be able to get along.

Currency payments, credit cards

Guadeloupe is in Europe so uses Euros.
Most major credit cards are accepted, (Hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.). And you can easily withdraw cash from ATMs/cash machines. It is how-ever better to check with your bank on the charges withdrawal limits, as well as to notifying them you will be leaving the UK on holiday. Please note that at Desirade there is only one cash machine and at Beausejour, in Les Saintes, there are only two, one in Terre de Bas, Petite Anse, and one in Terre de Haut.
Warning! No cash in the banks & No cash back.



Hours offices and shops

Banks and many offices are generally open from 7.30 to 16.30, with a lunch break. On the eve of public holidays banks are closed in the south.
Shops are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 18:00, on Saturday they close at 13.00.
Shopping centers and supermarkets are generally open every day from 8:30 pm to 20:00 and Sunday morning.

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Remember that on Wednesday afternoons, nearly all shops are closed.


The climate in Guadeloupe
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The climate is tropical in Guadeloupe, with two main seasons:
The dry season, from mid-November to mid-May: lightning storms are rare, temperatures are very pleasant and at around 28-29 degrees. The winds from the east, called trade winds are blowing.
The dry season is cooler and drier than the rest of the year.
The rainy season is hot and humid from mid-May to mid-November. The trade winds nearly disappear and it rains often and intensely and the temperature is around 30-31 degrees in the afternoon.

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Telephone and Internet

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You 'can use public phones with prepaid cards instead of your mobile phone. The cards are widely available and allow you to make calls to Europe with significant reductions. Be careful as the cards expire.
Mobiles will work with ORANGE, DIGICEL and ONLY: you can send and receive calls and SMS.
Internet is widespread in Guadeloupe, you can easily find internet points, open wifi and internet cafes in the major tourist areas.

To call Guadeloupe: 00590.590.XXXXXX


Water and Electricity

Tap water is potable.
The current is 220 Volt, 50 Hertz. The plugs how-ever are French style and two pointed, so you will need a converter.

Health hazards

 Guadeloupe is subjected to French regulations and standards of health. There are public hospitals and private clinics throughout. Pharmacies follow the European standards, you can find them in the town centres and they are well supplied.
A European Health Insurance Card, is recognized, ask your local post office before you go.
You do not need any vaccinations or prophylaxis for get into Guadeloupe. As in all tropical countries take care yto treat small wounds and avoid stagnant water.
Avoid Mancinelli (see side).
Some mosquitoes carry the dengue virus, (Symptoms similar to a severe cold). Avoid getting bitten buy mosquito's, use a repellent and a bed net.
Some fish may contain toxins that cause the Ciguatera virus, avoid reef fish high up in the food chain, like parrot fish.
Beware of the millipedes their bite is similar to that of a scorpion and is very painful.
Attention to sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS is unfortunately a sad reality in Guadeloupe.

Centre Hospitalier et Universitaire Center
Route de Chauvel-97159 Pointe-à-Pitre
Tel: + 590 (0) 5 90 89 10 79 / 0590 89 10 10




Useful numbers

Ambulance: 15
Fire service: 18
Gendarmerie: 0590 82.00.89
Police: 17
Sea rescue: 0590.71.92.92
SAMU (paramedics): 0590.87.65.43
Hospital: 0590.89.10.10
Information: 12
Airport departures: 0590.90.34.34
Airport arrivals: 0590.903232


Public Holidays  


In addition to the most famous Christian holidays, public holidays are:

Ascension - 40th day after Easter
Pentecost - 8th Monday after Easter
The Abolition of Slavery - May 27
Bastille Day- July 14
Schoelcher's birthday - July 21
Assention - August 15
All Saints' Day - November 1
The Armistice Day - 11 November

Keep an eye out for mancinella!



The mancinella is a tree which is found commonly on the beaches of Guadeloupe and many Caribbean islands. All parts of this plant are highly toxic and dangerous: leaves, bark and fruit (Resembling a small green apples.) DO NOT TOUCH, DO NOT TASTE, DO NOT SHELTER UNDER MANCINELLA IF IT RAINS, DO NOT BURN IT!
On most popular beaches the trees are usually marked with a red band.



Some advice

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- Always ask before taking photos of people
- Be friendly and smile.
- Do not leave anything in parked cars
- Drive with caution and pay attention to other motorists, often the local drivers are somewhat erratic, turning with no indication, stopping with no warning to chat etc. Be careful of the gulleys at the sides of the roads, which are often hidden by vegetation.
- On the beach always keep an eye on your belongings, especially on less crowded beaches.
- Remember to drink plenty of water even if you don't feel thirsty, you're in the tropics and it is important to not dehydrate even if you feel the heat is bearable.
Use high protection sunscreen, the wind can sometimes trick you into thinking it is cooler than it is.
- If you plan to visit the smaller islands, travel with a lighter bag, it will be easier when travelling by boat.
- In case of rain avoid trekking, the routes can become dangerous.
- For walking excursions wear suitable walking shoes.