Guadeloupe Journals

Guadeloupe Vacation

A May 2002 trip to Guadeloupe by LindaW

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Guadeloupe Vacation

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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Touring Basse Terre is a MUST DO. Beautiful mountains, waterfalls and even a volcano to climb. The island is ablast with colorful flowers everywhere you look. Tourism is new to this island but the islanders are friendly and helpful. Check out the beaches on Grand Terre, especially Sainte Anne, where the water is clear and warm. Shopping at Pointe A Pitre is fun but no great bargains.Quick Tips: A French/English dictionary is a must. Don't go there if you are thinking 5 star hotels with luxury and pampering. Its very low keyed, layed back and basic. Don't expect to pay for anything with travelers checks - most places will not accept them. Best to change your checks to cash at one of t...Read More

Westgate Smoky Mountains

Hotel | "Hotel Royale Caraibes"

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This was the sadest part of our trip. The resort had seen much better days. Construction had started on nummerous additional buildings (3 only are occupied) but was abandoned perhaps years ago. Tennis courts and golf course in disrepair. I did not find this resort anywhere near the quality of any other resort I have every been to. There were many problems with the unit and only 1 was repaired during our stay. (Putting in a light bulb). Our unit had a broken latch on the sliding glass door so the door could not be locked and we had to find our own way to secure the door, which we did with some metal rods we wedged into the tracks. The employees were very nice and tried to be accomo...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 14, 2002

Westgate Smoky Mountains
915 GARDEN ROAD
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
1865-430-4800

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Best Things Nearby:St. Anne Beach, shopping in LeMouleBest Things About the Resort:Lovely poolResort Experience:This particular time share was a big disappointment as far quality goes. It's terribly run down and only half constructed, with the unfinished buildings left desolate, abandoned and a serious eyesore. The employees tried to be helpful and were very pleasant. Our sliding glass door lock was broken so we had to make our own barricade out of metal rods we found outside. Even with that precaution, an attempt was made to break into the room while we were out. Thankfully they could not get the door open more than 6 inches so could not gain entry. I h...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 14, 2002

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There are several little restaurants along the waterfront in St. Francois. They are all open air/no doors/no windows. We chose a very small one about 3/4 the way down the little strip. They did not speak English and we did not speak French. The only thing we could decifer out of our dictionary was Chicken, so thats what we got. Excellent. Thats where we had our first experience with salad/after we ate it we wondered if we would be sick from the water. No problem. We had some kind of fried "thing" that came with the meals. Have no idea what it was, but it was good. It looked like this was a very local area for diners and we were definitely "guests". The people were wonderful and tried so har...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2002

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Some of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. The waterfalls are spectacular. We never even covered half the area, ran out of time and energy. You can drive a good way up the volcano and then climb the rest. Make several stops and look back over the hills to the sea. Take the guides words as gospel. If they say its too muddy, boy do they mean it. We found enough people that spoke just enough English to help us find our way around. It get very cold up on the volvano so be sure to bring a sweater at least. If you like waterfalls, take the road the runs the perimeter of the island and go south PAST the Royal Palms (trees) a little farther fdown the road you'll see the small sign for the chut...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2002

St. Anne Beach

Attraction

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This is a lovely beach and very popular. The water is shallow, clear and warm. Its not very large and there were always a lot of people there, but it still made for a nice day. There were many topless sunbathers there, of every size and shape which kept the teenagers eyes moving, but none were offensive. A local (who spoke English) said the native people are very offended by the topless and nude bathers. There are little restaurants along the beachside road and shops for beach accessories. You can get a drink at the restaurants, but after 3 pm, if your hungry you'll have to get something to eat at one of the 3 roadside snack trailers. This is one of the few places that was touristy. There was ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2002

About the Writer

LindaW

LindaW
Venice, Florida