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Destination Guadeloupe, a virtual travel guide to "Karukera" the "island of beautiful waters". This page aims to give you a broad overview of Guadeloupe's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you want to know about this Caribbean island nation, e.g.: official web sites of the French Department, addresses of French embassies, city- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from the Archipelago.

Port of Gustavia on St. Barthélemy
Port of Gustavia on St. Barthélemy
Photo: Michel Hasson
 

Guadeloupe | Departement de la Guadeloupe

Country Profile


tricolore
Official Flag of Guadeloupe
is the French tricolore.


Background:
Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, including Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Iles des Saintes (2), Saint-Barthelemy, Iles de la Petite Terre, and Saint-Martin (French part of the island of Saint Martin).

Guadeloupe has been a French possession since 1635. The island of Saint Martin is shared with the Netherlands; its southern portion is named Sint Maarten and is part of the Netherlands Antilles and its northern portion is named Saint-Martin and is part of Guadeloupe.


related countries: France, US Virgin Islands
 
where in the Caribbean is Guadeloupe

Official Name:
Departement de la Guadeloupe
short form: Guadeloupe
int'l long form: Department of Guadeloupe

ISO Country Code: gp

Time:
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sat-May-23  10:54

Country Calling Code: +590

Capital City: Basse-Terre

Other Cities: Gosier, Gustavia, Petit Bourg, Sainte Anne, Saint-François

Government:
Overseas department of France.

Geography:
Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico.
Area: 1,700 kmĀ² (656 sq mi)
Terrain: Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains; Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic in origin.

Climate: Subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity.

People:
Nationality: noun: Guadeloupian(s)
adjective: Guadeloupe
Population: 402,000 (2009)
Ethnic Groups: black or mulatto 90%, white 5%, East Indian, Lebanese, Chinese less than 5%
Religions: Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan African 4%, Protestant 1%
Languages: French (official) 99%, Creole patois
Literacy: 90%

Natural resources: Cultivable land, beaches and climate that foster tourism.

Agriculture products: Bananas, sugarcane, tropical fruits and vegetables; cattle, pigs, goats.

Industries: Construction, cement, rum, sugar, tourism.

Exports partners: France 60%, Martinique 18%, USA 4% (2004)

Imports partners: France 63%, Germany 4%, USA 3%, Japan 2%, Netherlands Antilles 2% (2004)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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Official Sites of Guadeloupe

Conseil Général de la Guadeloupe
Official website of Guadeloupe's General Council (in French).

Préfecture de la Région Guadeloupe
Official information site for the Region Guadeloupe (in French).


Ministère de l'Outre-Mer
Site of the French ministry for the overseas territories.

Diplomatic Missions
Directory of French representations abroad (in French)
List of French diplomatic missions around the world.
Foreign Embassies and Consulates in France
Address list of Diplomatic Missions accredited in France.


Weather
Meteo Antilles


Maps

Map of Guadeloupe
Small map of Guadeloupe.
Google Earth Google Earth Guadeloupe
Searchable map and satellite view of Guadeloupe.
Google Earth Google Earth Basse-Terre
Searchable map and satellite view of Guadeloupe's capital.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 

Saint-Jean
Saint-Jean, Guadeloupe - Photo: Michel Hasson
 

News

Caribbean Net News
Caribbean Net News with Caribbean and Guadeloupe related news.
Daily Herald
St. Martin newspaper.

l'Actualité de la commune de Baie Mahault
Local news of Baie Mahault.

Radio
Radio Saint Barth
Guadeloupe radio sttion based on St. Barthélemy.
 

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Arts & Culture

BondaManjak
Guadeloupe and Martinique news and events.
 

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Business & Economy

Institut d'Émission d'Outre-Mer (IEDOM)
Institute of the French Central Bank for the Overseas departments (in French).


Antilles Info Business Guadeloupe
Business andEconomy of Guadeloupe (in French)

Archipel Guadeloupe Info
A business directory.


Transportation
Air Caraïbes
Serves destinations in the French Caribbean based in Pointe-à-Pitre.
Air Antilles Express
Regional airline based in Pointe-à-Pitre.

Aéroport Guadeloupe Pôle Caraïbes
Web site of Guadeloupe's airport in Pointe-à-Pitre.


Marinas French Caribbean Docks
Information on Marinas at Guadeloupe and Saint Martin.
 
 

Destination Guadeloupe - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Guadeloupe: Grande Terre, Basse Terre, Marie Galante, Les Saintes (Terre de Haut and Terre de Bas), la Désirade, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy (St. Barths)
Links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, and much more.

Tourist Board of the Guadeloupe islands
Official travel and tourism information by Tourist Board Council of the Guadeloupe Islands.

Antilles Info Tourisme Guadeloupe
Comprehensive travel and tourism information by Antilles Info.


Office du Tourisme de Marie-Galante
Tourist Board presents the island of Marie-Galante.

Cities:
Le Moule
The municipality of Le Moule.
Office du Tourisme du Moule
Tourism office of the Le Moule municipality.
Municipalité de Saint-François
The municipality of Saint-François .
St Barths
A Visitor's Guide to St. Barthélemy.
Saint-Barthélemy
The municipality of St. Barthélemy (in French)
photothèque St-Barthélemy
Images of St. Barthélemy by Michel Hasson.


Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Guadeloupe Islands

Education

Académie de la Guadeloupe
The Academy of the Guadeloupe (in French).
 
 

Environment & Nature

Parc national de la Guadeloupe
Official website of Guadeloupe's national parks (in French).
Réserve du Grand Cul de Sac marin
The maritim nature reserve Gran Cul-de-sac (in French).
Observatoire Volcanologique et Sismologique de Guadeloupe
Provides information on Guadeloupe's active volcanos (in French).
Office National des Forêts Guadeloupe
About Guadeloupe's flora.

Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness
Overall objective of ECCA's programme is to strengthen regional initiatives within the Eastern Caribbean, promote community based nature and heritage tourism, environmental education and to improve the conservation of island ecosystems.
 
 

History

History of Guadleoupe
Guadeloupe's history from its discovery until today (in French).
 
 

Additional Information on Guadeloupe

BBC News Country Profile: Guadeloupe

LANIC: Guadeloupe
Latin American Network Information Center.
Open Directory Project: Guadeloupe
VICS - The Virtual Institute of Caribbean Studies
An Internet-based Institution for the Development and Study of the Caribbean Region and Its Peoples.
Wikipedia: Guadeloupe
The World Factbook -- Guadeloupe
 

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