A complete yacht charter guide that has everything you need to know about your next sailing holidays in Guadeloupe.
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Explore paradise by sea. Guadeloupe is the Caribbean island of calm lagoons and coves.
Originally named Karukera by native people, meaning “the place of beautiful waters”. Easterly blowing trade winds and line-of-sight sailing will guide you to the Grand-Terre, where you will enjoy the classic Caribbean beach holiday on white coral sands, while in contrast on Basse-Terre you will find yourself in a green land of tropical rainforest and mountainous slopes.
Guadeloupe is truly an ode to nature. During your Guadeloupe boat rental, you must visit the Underwater reserve by Pigeon Island where you can snorkel amidst the gorgeous colored coral reefs and fish.
On land, you can hike the La Soufrière volcano, which is still mildly active with the last oozing of lava in 1976. The trail is around 8.4 miles round trip, making for a great activity for the day!
The weather in Guadeloupe is much like the rest of the Caribbean Islands. While temperatures never drop too low, it is most important to avoid the rainy season for your Guadeloupe charter.
The average temperature in the winter is 23°C, and 30°C in the summer. The dry season goes from December to May, which is when we recommend visiting.
Sailing conditions may include strong winds, between 15 to 25 knots.
Guadeloupe sailing is great for people with more sailing experience. Discuss your sailing qualifications with a charter consultant who can recommend the right route and itinerary for you.
Start your Guadeloupe yacht charter by flying into the Pointe-a-Pitre International airport. For European travelers, AirFrance offers daily flights from Paris. However, for most US travelers, it is advisable to transfer from San Juan, Martinique, or Atlanta, GA.
Travel time from the airport to base: 15 mins by car
If you are island hopping in the Caribbean or flying into Martinique, you can also take a convenient daily ferry boat from Fort-de-France. The boat leaves at 2:00 pm makes 1 stop in Dominica, and then arrives at Pointe-à-Pitre around 5:45 pm. Fares cost about 66€ one-way and round-trip 100€. You can find more info, here.
When planning your Guadeloupe boat rental, there are a few important things to note. Because Guadeloupe is a French territory, if you are traveling from the EU, Canada or Switzerland, you will only need a valid passport for stays under 90 days.
For currency, Guadeloupe uses the Euro. and most places accept both cash and credit cards
Also good to note that Guadeloupe is in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -4 hours.
⚓ Day 1. Pointe-a-Pitre (check-in)
⚓ Day 2. Pointe-a-Pitre - Ilet a Gosier 3NM
⚓ Day 3. Ilet a Gosier - Marie-Galante 19NM
⚓ Day 4. Marie-Galante - Portsmouth, Dominica 25 NM
⚓ Day 5. Portsmouth, Dominica - Les Saintes 18NM
⚓ Day 6. Les Saintes - Cousteau Marine Park
⚓ Day 7. Cousteau Marine Park - Pointe-a-Pitre 10NM
⚓ Day 1. Marina Bas-du-Fort to Les Saintes (18 nm)
⚓ Day 2. Visit Saintes (2 nm)
⚓ Day 3. Sugar loaf to Marie-Galante (20.55 nm)
⚓ Day 4. Marie-Galante to St. Francois (19.9 nm)
⚓ Day 5. Visit Petite-Terre and return back to St. Francois in the evening (10.89 nm)
⚓ Day 6. St. Francis to the Marinor Gosier (18.42 nm)
⚓ Day 7. Gosier to Anse-de-Mai, Dominica (52 nm)
⚓ Day 8. Anse-de-Mai, Dominica to Portsmouth (5.1 nm)
⚓ Day 9. Portsmouth, Dominica to St Louis, Marie Galante (35 nm)
⚓ Day 10. St Louis to Marina Bas-du-Fort (20 nm)
It depends. For example, the most important ones are the type of boat you will choose and whether you require a professional crew on board (e.g. skipper, hostess or cook). So, as you can see, there are many factors that can shape a price for a boat rental.