Guadeloupe is a French overseas department found in the Caribbean, and it takes the form of a group of islands southeast of Puerto Rico. The capital, Basse-Terre, can be found on the island of the same name, with the other major island called Grande-Terre.
These rugged volcanic islands are awash with beautiful landscapes and natural features, and Grande-Terre is known for its beaches. The Basse-Terre jungle has plenty stunning waterfalls and interesting plants and animals, and hiking and rambling are justifiably popular.
Food and drink fanatics will love the rum distilleries and the curried chicken dish Colombo, which is now the regional dish.
The crystal clear water makes snorkelling and scuba diving particularly pleasant in this part of the world, or a glass bottomed boat trip for a more leisurely tour of the reefs.
Despite the sometimes-reckless drivers, a trip on a bus in Guadeloupe isn’t to be missed, as your journey will be peppered with native zouk music and all kinds of friendly, quirky locals who want to share their travel tips and stories with you.