Board Sports in Guadeloupe

SUP Adventures at the Beach and Beyond

The island of Guadeloupe has embraced the stand-up lifestyle. It begins at resorts all around the island, where guests launch rental SUPs for quick paddles down the strand. But there's much more to the stand-up paddleboard scene. From town landings and beaches all across the islands, tour guides offer an exciting range of adventures. Some lead groups into a labyrinth of mangrove channels in a marine preserve, others organize one-way routes that carry paddlers along rugged shorelines to secluded beaches and the mouths of jungle rivers. For the truly adventurous, there are even long distance races and group paddles between islands.

Highlights

  • Best for: Solos, couples and families, beach lovers and adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Steady trade winds account for relatively minor differences in seasonal air temperatures, which range from the 70s into the mid 80s. Rain showers are less common from December to May

The Islands of Guadeloupe Information

Board Sports in the Islands of Guadeloupe Overiew

With 70% of its territories classified as a Natural Reserve, the Guadeloupe Islands are definitely an Eco-Tourism destination where the protection of the environment has always been a priority with over 30 years of protecting sea turtles, national days dedicated to cleaning sea beds, the coastline and rivers. The Guadeloupe archipelago is also a proud UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. A breathtaking environment that travelers are encouraged to discover through environmentally-friendly crafts such as paddle sports.

Board Sports in the Islands of Guadeloupe Tips

If you are considering a SUP trip into open water, it's best to do so with a tour group. A number of operators organize one-way routes along the coast that follow downwind routes, allowing you to paddle with the wind and waves for increased enjoyment.

Best Places for Board Sports in the Islands of Guadeloupe

Coral heads and fish are visible from the surface in the reef-lined lagoon at Saint-François. On the northern corner of Basse-Terre Island, the bay at Anse de Petit-bas-vent opens to the deserted beaches of Isle Kahouanne. The mangrove channels of Grand Cul-de-sac Marin offer hours of exploration. Downwind paddles from Petit-Canal to Port Louis give access to beaches that can't be reached by road. Sunset paddles launch for the beach of La Datcha in Gosier.

What to Pack for Board Sports in the Islands of Guadeloupe

Water shoes provide a firm foundation for paddling, and a water shirt will provide sun protection while remaining comfortable when wet. A backpack-style hydration bladder will prevent thirst. Attach a float to sunglasses. Rental services should provide personal flotation vests and whistles.

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La Creole Beach Resort & Spa

GOSIER, GRANDE-TERRE - SPA PACKAGE includes 7 nights classic accommodations, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges, Beauty Zen Treatment including 60 minute Glow Treatment by Payot, 60 minute island serenity massage, 60 minute hand treatment, 60 minute foot treatment. Valid 8/21/17-10/15/17.
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La Creole Beach Resort & Spa

GOSIER, GRANDE-TERRE, GUADELOUPE ISLANDS - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS PLUS 7TH NIGHT FREE includes 7 nights classic accommodations, breakfast daily, shopping and relaxing time in Sainte Anne- take a stroll along the boulevard to the market and the art craft village, discovery of Petite Terre Natural Reserve of La Desirade- half day excursion on board a catamaran including snorkeling and bbq, Beauty Zen Treatment including 60 minute Glow Treatment by Payot; 60 minute island serenity massage; 60 minute hand treatment; 60 minute foot treatment, Whale Watching in Deshaies, kayak the mangrove in Sainte Rose Unesco World Biosphere Reserve, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Valid 8/21/17-10/15/17.
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From $1,847 per person double occupancy

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La Toubana Hotel & Spa

SAINTE-ANNE, GRAND-TERRECARADONNA RECOMMENDS PACKAGE includes 7 nights bungalow accommodations, continental breakfast daily, Damoiseau Distillery for rum tasting- half day excursion, shopping and relaxing time in Sainte Anne- take a stroll along the boulevard to the market and the art craft village, whale watching in Deshaies,kayak the mangrove in Sainte Rose (with blue lagoon)- Unesco World Biosphere Reserve half day excursion, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 7/21/17 & 8/20/17-10/21/17.
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From $1,844 per person double diver

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Langley Resort Fort Royal

DESHAIES, BASSE-TERRE - ONE FREE NIGHT includes 7 nights Bungalow Garden View accommodations, full day 3-tank dive excursion to the Cousteau Reserve in Bouillante including lunch and transfers, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Valid through 10/12/2017 add $4 for travel 10/13/17-12/21/17
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Aqua Lodge

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE - 7 NIGHT PACKAGE includes 7 nights in a 2-bedroom floating bungalow, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Valid 8/21/17-10/20/17
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La Cocoteraie

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE - 7TH NIGHT FREE includes 7 nights Garden Marina Suite accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Valid through 12/18/17.
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From $1,214 per person double diver

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La Cocoteraie

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE, GUADELOUPE ISLANDS - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS PLUS 7TH NIGHT FREE includes 7 nights Garden Marina Suite accommodations, breakfast daily, Les Saintes Islands tour- full day excursion including transfers from hotel toTrois Rivieres, ferry tickets, maps, reservations at Bon Vivre Restaurant (lunch cost not incl) and entrance to Fort Napoleon, shopping and relaxing time in Sainte Anne- take a stroll along the boulevard to the market and the art craft village, discovery of Petite Terre Natural Reserve of La Desirade- half day excursion on board a catamaran including snorkeling and bbq, Whale Watching in Deshaies, kayak the mangrove in Sainte Rose Unesco World Biosphere Reserve, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Valid through 12/18/17.
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Bwa Chik Hotel and Golf

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS PLUS 7TH NIGHT FREE includes 7 nights accommodations, breakfast daily, shopping and relaxing time in Sainte Anne- take a stroll along the boulevard to the market and the art craft village, discovery of Petite Terre Natural Reserve of La Desirade- half day excursion on board a catamaran including snorkeling and bbq, Whale Watching in Deshaies, kayak the mangrove in Sainte Rose Unesco World Biosphere Reserve, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Valid through 10/21/17.
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From $1,172 per person doubler occupancy

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Bwa Chik Hotel and Golf

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE, GUADELOUPE ISLANDS - 7TH NIGHT FREE includes 7 nights accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank local boat dives, hotel transfers, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Valid through 10/21/17
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Langley Resort Fort Royal

DESHAIES, BASSE-TERRE - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS PACKAGE PLUS 7TH NIGHT FREE includes 7 nights Bungalow Garden View, breakfast daily, Whale Watching in Deshaies- half day excursion, kayak Tour in Cousteau Reserve enjoy a panoramic view of the reserve with snorkelling and swimming, zip lining adventure in the Tapeur Adventure Park- offers 5 tracks of zip lining to becomeTarzan for a day - half day excursion, La Maison du Cacao in Pointe-Noire for chocolate tasting tour- half day excursion, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Valid 10/13/17-12/15/17. Options to add on hiking, cultural and offroading tours.
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From $1,169 per person double occupancy

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Langley Resort Fort Royal

DESHAIES, BASSE-TERRE - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Bungalow Garden View, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Options to add on shopping tours, rum tour, snorkeling tours, chocolate tours, ziplining adventures, whale watching and kayak tours.
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From $616 per person double occupancy

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La Creole Beach Resort & Spa

GOSIER, GRANDE-TERRE - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights classic accommodations, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Options to add on shopping tours, rum tour, snorkeling tours, spa treatments, whale watching and kayak tours.
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La Cocoteraie

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE - 7 nights Garden Marina Suite accommodations, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Options to add on cultural, seasonal whale watching and snorkel tours.
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Bwa Chik Hotel and Golf

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights classic accommodations, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Options to add on shopping tours, rum tour, snorkeling tours, whale watching and kayak tours.
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La Toubana Hotel & Spa

SAINTE-ANNE, GRAND-TERRE - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE 7 nights bungalow accommodations, continental breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on cultural, seasonal whale watching and snorkel tours.
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La Creole Beach Resort & Spa

GOSIER, GRANDE-TERRE - Situated at the heart of a tropical garden, among palm trees and close to the beach, La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa features rooms with sea or garden views, an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant. All air-conditioned rooms at La Creole Beach Hotel are spread around the garden.They offer a flat-screen TV, safe, fridge and a private bathroom. Guests can enjoy the local Creole cuisine at the à la carte restaurant. Numerous cafés and bars can also be found in Le Gosier, only 0.6 miles away
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La Toubana Hotel & Spa

SAINTE-ANNE, GRAND-TERRE - La Toubana Hotel and Spa overlooks the Caribbean with sweeping views of the islands of Les Saintes, Marie Gallante and La Desirade. The property offers a small protected beach and 32 bungalows with either kitchen or kitchenette and private terraces or balconies. There are two restaurants, one beachside, and a spa. Diving services are available from Noa Plongee in nearby Saint-Francois (about a 30 minute drive).
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Langley Resort Fort Royal

DESHAIES, BASSE-TERRE Langley Resort Fort Royal is located on the north end of the island and offers a beautiful beach, 133 rooms and 82 bungalows and two restaurants. Restaurant Le Royal serves a mixture of Creole and international cuisine and Kawann Beach Bar offers more casual dining. Activities include tennis, biking, sailing, jet skis, standup paddleboards and more. Diving is with nearby Tropicalsub Diving.
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La Cocoteraie

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE La Cocoteraie is located on a protected bay adjacent to the Saint Francois Golf Course (a Robert Trent Jones designed course) and next the marina from which Noa Plongee Diving departs daily. The resort offers 52 suites, each with separate living room, bedroom and terrace. The property also has a beautiful beach, a large swimming pool, restaurant and bar, massage services, lighted tennis courts and a gym.
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Bwa Chik Hotel and Golf

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE Bwa Chik Hotel and Golf is a small and elegant hotel located between an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course and the marina from which Noa Plongee Diving departs daily to dive sites nearby. The resort features a swimming pool with a pool bar which also serves Continental breakfast daily. A variety of local restaurants and bistros are nearby for lunch and dinner.
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Aqua Lodge

SAINT-FRANCOIS, GRAND-TERRE - Imagine yourself at sunset, in the middle of a lagoon, listening to the sound of the wind and water. At the Aqua Lodge, discover the sea by the variety of activities on board. There is a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, and masks, fins and snorkels to explore the seabed and learn more about the marinelife in the Islands of Guadeloupe.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

Entry Requirements: U.S. citizens must have a valid Passport and a return or ongoing ticket. Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond date of entry and 1 page required for entry stamp.

Immunizations

No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to Guadeloupe Islands. Yellow Fever is not a problem here. Check with the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov.

Culture and Customs

The islands of Guadeloupe are a department of France, but they are also very much a part of the Caribbean. In bustling Pointe-à-Pitre, a stroll along Rue Frébault provides boutiques stocking perfumes, haute couture and delicacies straight from Paris. The scene shifts at Rue Duplessis when shoppers are immersed in the sights, sounds and scents of the St. Antoine Spice Market. In this open-air celebration of micro-capitalism, animated vendors hawk handicrafts, seafood and produce, and the smells of exotic spices permeates. Similar dualities abound across the islands. One can linger over buttery croissants and cafe au late at a sidewalk cafe, or duck into a corner rum shop for a bokit sandwich washed down by a Ti Punch. A local favorite, bokit is similar to fried naan bread stuffed with delicious hams and cheeses. Guadeloupe's dining scene is among the most celebrated in the Caribbean, with island chefs drawing on both French and Creole traditions. Lively dance traditions such as zouk, quadrille and toumbélé are enjoying newfound popularity in a culture that celebrates its roots, but also enjoys fusion jazz and dancehall music. The islands also support a vibrant arts community and have produced some of the region's most respected writers. For an immersion in island culture, plan a visit to the lively market days staged on alternating Sundays at the towns of Le Moule, Sainte-Anne and Saint-Claudeon. Grand-Terre's magnificent beaches host a number of upscale hotels, while the green slopes of Basse-Terre are home to nature preserves and parks where hiking trails lead to hidden waterfalls. Harbors on the island's western shore are launching points for whale watching excursions, and as many as 15 species of marine mammals are known to frequent the area. A network of excellent roads facilitates land travel while an efficient ferry system making island hopping easy. Favorite destinations include postcard-quaint bays of Les Santes and the quiet island of Marie-Galante, which provides a glimpse of old-school Caribbean life. When on Les Saintes, be sure to try a Tourment D’Amour -a pastry that resembles a height- challenged cupcake flavored with coconut and tropical fruits.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity is 220 Volt, 50 cycle with European standard wall plugs. U.S. appliances will require an adapter. WiFi is available at many hotels.

Guadeloupe Island's country/area code is 590. It is recommended that you check with your local provider to see what data plans are available or roaming charges will apply.

Water Quality

The water is safe to drink Guadeloupe. Many brands of local and imported bottled water is available for purchase at most restaurants and stores if preferred.

Language & Currency

French is the official language of the Guadeloupe Islands. You will hear locals speaking Creole. While at the hotels and tourist areas, English may be spoken, but outside of these areas very little English is spoken. A French translation book is recommended.

The Euro is the currency in the Guadeloupe Islands. U.S. Dollars and sometimes traveler checks may be accepted. It is a good idea to rely on your credit cards for purchases. Please let your credit card company know that you will be travelling out of the country to make sure your card is available while on vacation and see if they charge any foreign transaction fees due to the currency exchange.

Time

Guadeloupe Islands is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Guadeloupe Islands are 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Guadeloupe Islands are located in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean and are part of the Lesser Antilles. The islands encompass nearly 630 square miles including the 2 connected main islands of Basse-Terre and Grand-Terre and the smaller islands of Les Saintes, Marie-Galante and La Desirade.

The population of the Guadeloupe Islands is 470,755 (2016).