Guadeloupe offers a diversity of landscapes as beautiful as they are breathtaking. The Basse-Terre, the mountainous part of the island is invaded by a tropical forest and has many rivers and waterfalls. In Guadeloupe, it is preferable to charter a boat with a captain rather than explore on your own. Also volcanic in character, Basse-Terre has a still active 1,467-metre-high volcano (La Soufrière) which offers this land beautiful black and red sand beaches, just like the neighbouring volcanic islands (St Lucia, Dominica and Martinique). On board your boat, you will have access to an exceptional panorama of this part of the island. However, beware of the venturi effects (wind corridors) which can create real wind accelerations in certain places between the islands.
La Grande-Terre brings together the major resorts of Guadeloupe because it offers flatter reliefs. It consists mainly of plains, arid plateaus and rocky coasts. There are white sandy beaches protected by coral reefs on this island, such as Sainte-Anne, one of the best-known towns on Grande-Terre. The Grande Anse at Deshaies (to the north) is also one of these beaches that is a candidate for being the most beautiful on the Creole island.
Joining Grande-Terre with Basse-Terre, you'll also find the famous town of Pointe-à-Pitre, in the centre of Guadeloupe. When the weather is good, head inland and enjoy a good session of water sports in Morne-à-l'Eau. Impossible to leave the coast of the tropics? Sainte-Rose is well worth a visit. Everywhere in Guadeloupe you will find a sugar cane plantation or a very good distillery - you will master the ti-punch better than anyone else!
Terre-de-Bas: in Petite Terre, in Terre-de-Bas, the mountain forges the character of this atypical site. You will also find there the magnificent Deshaies garden, a real jewel of Guadeloupe.
Anse Canot: sail east to the south of Pointe-à-Pitre and you will find yourself surrounded by palm trees, incredible beaches with turquoise water? A real paradise!
Pain de Sucre: volcanic on the surface and magnetic underwater with its colourful seabed, Pain de Sucre is an exceptional anchorage.
Îlets Pigeon: this 5-star dive site will delight lovers of underwater fauna and flora, as well as the surrounding Pigeon National Park (formerly known as the Cousteau Marine Reserve).
The best time to sail in Guadeloupe is between December and April. The average outside temperature is 30°C and the water temperature varies between 27 and 32°C: a real on-board experience awaits you. This is also the time of year when the wind is most favourable and the sea is fairly calm.
The Guadeloupe archipelago is an ideal sailing area for family cruises. To enjoy even more pleasant moments on the boat and breathtaking panoramas, you also have the possibility to rent a skippered boat in Guadeloupe.
In addition to taking care of the manoeuvres, the skipper will know how to be the ideal crew member. He will be able to pass on his passion for sailing and help you prepare your itinerary around the island of butterflies. You can also let the skipper take care of the navigation and enjoy the view.
Cruising the turquoise waters of Guadeloupe is a great idea, but what kind of boat? Finding the ideal boat for your cruise is not always easy. Here are a few tips to help you find the ideal boat for your sailing project.
Ideal for day trips or water sports, chartering a dinghy or semi-rigid boat, also known as a RIB, is a safe bet for thrill seekers. This type of boat will allow you to easily access small hidden coves inaccessible by sailboat or catamaran.
The sailboat is the best ally of sailors in search of exploration and sensations. We recommend renting a sailboat to explore the unknown corners of Guadeloupe. Are you going to stay on land?
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This island, located in the West Indies 6,200 kilometres from the metropolis, is a dream destination for a boat hire with family or friends. Bordered by the Caribbean Sea, this group of paradisiacal islands and islets is perfectly situated to invite travellers from all over the globe yet. To discover its countless beauties, to go diving, kitesurfing or simply to enjoy good times with family and friends, we recommend that you rent a boat from a private or a professional boat owner via Click&Boat - the global leading yacht charter platform.
Guadeloupe, composed of two islands (Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre), has many ports, a total of 9 ports and 4 marinas: the Bas-du-Fort Marina, Port de Saint-François, the Rivière Sens Marina and the Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes, where you can easily rent a boat.
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The price of boat rentals in Guadeloupe can vary depending on the type of boat, the model chosen, the duration of the cruise and whether you opt for a skippered or bareboat charter, among other factors.
For a one-week cruise on a sailing yacht, you can expect to pay between £1,200 and £5,000.
A week-long catamaran charter will cost between £2,500 and £11,000 on average.
For a day trip on a dinghy or RIB, you will have to reckon with an average of £300 to £600.
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