Guadeloupe travel guide: Things to do, Covid travel restrictions, costs and more

An aerial view of Bourg des Saintes in lles des Saintes, Guadeloupe
Dreaming of going away? (Picture: Getty Images)

Guadeloupe, where series Death In Paradise is filmed, is a popular Caribbean tourist destination.

The tropical climes and beautiful beaches make for a very dreamy place for a holiday indeed.

If you’re planning your next getaway or looking for a bit of inspiration, here’s a quick travel guide full of things you should know about Guadeloupe.

Where is Guadeloupe?

Guadeloupe is a group of islands – some inhabited and some not – in the Caribbean. The island make up an overseas department of France.

The official language there is French, but Guadeloupean Creole is also very widely spoken.

Its capital city is Basse-Terre, which can be found to the south-west of Basse-Terre Island.

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However, Grande-Terre Island is where you’ll find the city with the highest population – Les Abymes – and the biggest city – Pointe-à-Pitre – which is also considered Guadeloupe’s business capital.

Since Guadeloupe is a part of the European Union, European Union citizens are free to move there without needing to secure a visa.

A map showing island Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is made up of a cluster of islands (Picture: Google Maps)

Covid travel restrictions

At the time of writing, with all UK nations either back in lockdown or under the highest tiers of restrictions, you should not leave home for anything that’s not essential (for example, medical care, work if you can’t work from home, essential shopping, exercise etc.) and to visit those in your bubble.

As the Government website simply states: ‘You must not go on holiday,’ so we don’t expect to be going on any casual jaunts to the Caribbean any time soon.

If you find yourself needing to make an essential trip and are operating within the law, then you’ll need to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of your flight. Only under-11s are exempt from this.

a person wearing a face mask in an airport
Non-essential travel is prohibited (Picture: Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Guadeloupe’s Foreign Travel Advice page on the Government website also says that travellers need to have ‘a self-certified document’ stating they’ve got no symptoms of the virus and, to their knowledge, they haven’t been in contact with anyone who’s tested positive within the last fortnight.

You’ll only be able to re-enter the UK if you can provide a negative test that’s no more than 72 hours old – unless you’re a returning UK national and permanent resident or haulier, as they are exempt from this rule.

You will, however, have to self-isolate for 10 days when you get back.

Scenic View Of Sea Against Sky
Terre-De-Haut, Guadeloupe (Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm)

What’s the weather in Guadeloupe like?

With the island being so close to the equator, the lowest temperature you’re likely to see is just under 20°C on average between the months of January and February.

During those same months, the highest temperature you’re likely to see on average is just over 29°C.

Meanwhile, in warmer months, the average high is around 31-32°C.

Their wet season lasts from July to December, and their dry season lasts from January to June.

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It’s also not uncommon for hurricanes to hit due to the tropical climate.

Is Guadeloupe safe?

According to the Government’s Foreign Travel Advice page, there are low crime levels on the island.

You should avoid carrying lots of cash and valuables around with you and, after the sun goes down, don’t go to ‘isolated areas’ like beaches.

the Island of La Petite Terre
The island of La Petite Terre (Picture: Getty Images)

How much does it cost to go to Guadeloupe?

At the time of writing, round-trip flights to Pointe-à-Pitre, where most international flights go to, can set you back anywhere from roughly £500 to nearly two grand.

Flights to the Caribbean usually take approximately nine hours if the flights are non-stop.

Most hotels cost roughly £100-£200 a night, depending on when you book, but some cost as little as £50 a night while a 5-star hotel can cost upwards of £700 a night.

The official currency used there is the Euro.

Things to do in Guadeloupe

With its tropical climate and stunning beaches, tourism is one of the biggest economic drivers for Guadeloupe,

When we are allowed to travel again, holidaymakers there can enjoy taking in the various natural splendours by sunbathing, sailing and snorkelling and more along the coast or trekking through the Guadeloupe National Park on Basse-Terre.

The larger of the two Pigeon Islands is surrounded by a protected coral reef, which makes for beautiful diving.

You’ll likely find a lot of English speakers in the cosmopolitan Terre-de-Haut, thanks to its popularity with sailors worldwide.

In Point-à-Pitre, you can explore historical sites like the Cathédrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul and the Place de la Victoire. 

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There you’ll also find the Mémorial ACTe museum, which focuses on the history of the slave trade.

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