If you are looking for contrasts for your next Caribbean charter, look no further than the island of Guadeloupe. You will find a charter destination that is a unique blend of France and the tropics with a twist of African and East Indian heritage. Located halfway down the Lesser Antilles chain- equal distance from the Virgin Islands and Grenada- and within the Leeward Islands, this French West Indies Island lies between Antigua and Dominica. At 629 sq. miles, this is the largest of the French overseas territories.
Guadeloupe actually comprises five islands: Basse Terre, Grande Terre, La Desirade, Marie-Galante, and Les Saintes. The two main islands are connected by bridges over the Rivière Salée (Salt River.) Grande-Terre to the east is flat land with sugar cane crops, the main commercial town of Pointe-à-Pitre and several resort areas. Basse-Terre to the west is mountainous with rainforests and an active volcano at its highest peak, La Grande Soufrière. Smaller outer islands with their own unique traits make up the Guadeloupe cruising area.
Enjoy the Leeward Islands nation of Guadeloupe any month of the year. Typical of the Caribbean, these islands experience temperatures averaging 80°F with favorable trade winds year round.
While vacationers visit Guadeloupe year round, December through April is the season most in demand due to the least amount of rain and the most wind. The mid season months of May and June have comfortable weather, good winds and typically low rainfall.
June begins the region’s hurricane season, which continues through November. Rain showers are more common in the summer and early fall. While some charters still enjoy cruising the waters during this time, conditions can be riskier between mid-August and mid-October. The Virgin Island Sailing® charter experts can assist you in choosing the best season to sail in Guadeloupe.
|Temp Max (°F )||Temp Min (°F )||Avg. Water Temp (°F )||Avg. Rainfall (in)||Avg. Wind Speed (kts)|
|January||82||72||80||2||E / NE 10-25|
|February||82||72||80||2||E / NE 10-25|
|March||84||73||79||2||E / NE 10-25|
|July||88||77||83||3||E / SE 15-25|
|August||88||79||84||4||E / SE 10-25|
|September||88||77||85||5||E / SE 10-15|
|October||88||75||84||6||E/ SE 5-15|
Guadeloupe has a large international airport, it is the largest of the six airports in the archipelago. The airport code Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport is PAP. It is a main hub for Air Caraïbes and Air Antilles Express, plus serves flights by Air France.