Guadeloupe

Government Overseas Département of France Guadeloupe / French Flag
Capital Point-à-Pitre
Currency € Euro
Area 1,628km2
Population (2013) 405,739
Language French
Islands Guadeloupe,
Marie-Galante,
La Désiderade,
Îles des Saintes (group)
Economy Tourism (83%) and light industry/services
GDP per Capita $21,780 (n.a., France 23rd worldwide) [2008 Data]
Links CIA Factbook, Wikipedia Page

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My first trips to Guadeloupe were via the quaint fishing village port-of-entry at Deshaies, and I had no idea of how built-up the main portion of the island really was. My first visit to Point-à-Pitre with a rental car showed me a shopping district that is ranked the second-largest in all of France and a dual-carriageway highway system that I hadn't imagined possible in the Caribbean.
But despite the large town and airport, most of the main island of Guadeloupe (split into Basse-Terre and Haut-Terre) remains a typical West Indies destination. The Îles des Saintes are a wonderful destination with a history all of their own, and to date I haven't made it to Marie Galante.
The highlands of the main island mountains (called "Basse-Terre" which means the lowlands!) offer great hiking in one of France's few national parks. I've come to enjoy this island a lot as it has some great diving (Jacques Cousteau stated that the diving around Pigeon Island is amongst his favourites worldwide) and jungle hiking with waterfalls and heated volcanic lakes.

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Jacques and Arnd Posing with my good friend Jacques.
(2014-03-31 10:37:43 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 200)
Jacques and Arnd
Royal Clipper under sail The Royal Clipper under sail leaving Les Iles des Saintes.
(2014-04-03 16:54:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Royal Clipper under sail
Goat sticking to the rocks This small goat was incredible - sticking to the vertical Fort Napoleon rocks as if glued there and calmly chewing on the vegetation.
(2014-04-02 15:20:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Goat sticking to the rocks
Pain de Sucre in the Saintes Our anchorage behind Pain de Sucre in the Iles des Saintes off Guadeloupe is calm and protected and quite secluded.
(2014-04-01 17:17:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/14.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Pain de Sucre in the Saintes
Dolphins in Deshaies This group of dolphins spent all day in the anchorage, frolicking and playing around and perhaps the adults spent so much time here in order to mate.
(2014-03-25 09:05:49 Hero3-Black Edition [f/2.8, 1/120s] ISO 163)
Dolphins in Deshaies
Gaudeloupe National Park - Waterfall There are very few national parks in France, and this jungle or rainforest preserve is one of them.
(2014-03-24 14:05:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/14.0, 1/5s] ISO 100)
Gaudeloupe National Park - Waterfall
There are very few national parks in France, and this jungle or rainforest preserve is one of them.
(2014-03-24 13:29:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/30s] ISO 400)
Carbet falls stream The stream below the 3rd waterfall which will grow downhill and become the Carbet river.
[16°2'34.86"N 61°38'38.71"W ]
Carbet falls stream
Zaca a te Moana about to motor out The classic schooner "Zaca a te Moana" motoring away from the docks and mooring balls at Marina Bas du Fort in Guadeloupe.
(2013-03-29 12:32:11 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Zaca a te Moana about to motor out
Buttressed roots The buttressed roots of a big tropical tree growing to almost 60m height.
(2013-03-26 16:56:35 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/4s] ISO 200 Focus 3.16m)
Buttressed roots
Saintoise fishign boats The local boats are known as Saintoise and much of the local population still engages in fishing.
(2013-03-21 12:01:33 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Saintoise fishign boats
Baie du Marigot The beautiful waters of Baie du Marigot on Terre-de-Haut, Iles des Saintes seen from the hilltop Fort St. Louis
(2013-03-21 11:11:45 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Baie du Marigot
Star Clipper at anchor While I didn't get a picture when she left, she did so under full sails and was an impressive sight indeed.
(2013-03-21 11:01:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/320s] ISO 320 Focus ∞)
Star Clipper at anchor
Anse Bourg The harbour seen from the hilltop Fort St. Louis
(2013-03-21 11:16:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
Anse Bourg
Deshaies Le Pelican This little shop also hosts a computer with which one can do the entrance and exit declaration for Guadeloupe instead of looking for the customs and immigration offices (and hope that they are open, once they've been located).
[16°18'19.91"N 61°47'40.91"W (facing W)]
Deshaies Le Pelican
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