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Guadeloupe, France in the Caribbean

A July 2005 trip to Guadeloupe by calidris

Creole Beach Photo, Guadeloupe, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Guadeloupe, one of two provinces of France in the Caribbean, is a double island full of tropical enjoyment with a clear French accent. Beaches, towns, and mountainous forests are all accessible and easy to enjoy. Bring your sunscreen and French-English dictionary!

Guadeloupe, France in the Caribbean

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Overview

Creole Beach Photo, Guadeloupe, Caribbean
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Guadeloupe has a friendly West Indian and French culture that adds both pleasure and adventure to your visit. Enjoy the seafood cuisine, the beaches for fun or relaxation, real French pastries, and great natural scenery in both the lowlands or mountains. Most of the western island (Basse-Terre) is a National Park and offers great trails, wildlife, scenery, and relaxation. (www.guadeloupe-parcnacional.com) The park is well worth the trip but you can also visit the botanical gardens (www.jardin-botanique.com) for an easy tour. There's even the Museum of Rum, an active distillery, where you can learn about the history sugar, trade, and Caribbean rums. (museedurhum@outremer.com) Don't miss the Insect C...Read More
Creole Beach Photo, Guadeloupe, Caribbean
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Creole Beach is located in the center of the "hotel district" right on the beach along with numerous other hotels. Rooms are all air-conditioned and very comfortable, with TV (some English channels) and telephone. Some suites are available for families. There is a giant swimming pool, two restaurants, bar and a beachside pizza shop. Room rates include a full continental breakfast. Nightly entertainment is free at the bar, and there is a gym if you need a workout.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Creole Beach Resort Photo, Guadeloupe, Caribbean
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Best Things Nearby:Beaches, sailboats, SCUBA, national park, catamaran cruises, small-town shoppingBest Things About the Resort:Full service on the grounds, friendly and helpful staff, choose the pool or the beach!Resort Experience:France in the Caribbean is really French. Some staff can help you in English, but it's an adventure to enjoy learning some French too. Most guests are European (direct flights from Paris!), so it's a great mix. You'll hear Spanish, Dutch, English, and French all around. #reviewExtras {display:block;} #reviewExtras ul {margin:0;padding:5px 0 15px 0;} #reviewExtras li {color:#000;fon...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Creole Beach

Restaurant

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Evening meals are built around a diverse buffet of French-Caribbean cuisine. Pretty good seafoods are always on the menu along with vegies, salads, and French breads. Unless you want a hot meal, I found the "appetizer and dessert" option the best buy. That means full salad bar and a wide choice of pies, tortes, and ice creams, both all you can eat! For lunch, try the beachside pizza shop for a personal-sized pizza that's big enough for two.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

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This park is well preserved and represents some of the best natural areas in the Caribbean. You can drive through much of the park but have to walk a short hike into some of the better sights like the waterfalls ("Chutes du Carbet") and volcano. Scuba at the Cousteau Reserve. Get a map from the Park headquarters (Habitation Beausoliel, Monteran, tel: 0590 80 86 00) or hire a local tour guide from your hotel.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

About the Writer

calidris

calidris
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands