Take a map with you when driving!
Gwada has a pretty decent road network, but the information along the roads can be really bad. There are few signs, and many of the signs that do exist are poorly placed (like behind a tree or bus stop!) and sometimes dirty or damaged. So finding your way along these winding roads will be a real challange without some in car help.
Luckily maps are easily avalible and will save you loads of time. That's not to say that you'll get it right the first time though. We were to find a beach by a specific name. So we went to the southeast side of Grande Terre where I spotted the name. Troube was that is was a common name that popped up a few other places on the map as well. Turns out the beach we wanted, and where friends waited, were on the northwest side of the island...
But without the map I am sure we would still be driving around looking, so don't forget it!
Under the sea
Be it only snorkelling or scuba-diving, you will find plenty of opportunities to go under water in Guadeloupe. Coral reefs are not very far, sometimes only meters from the beach and there are lots of spots for scubadiving, opportunities to learn or to pass a degree.
And there is also the "Reserve Cousteau" - actually not a real reserve, but a great place to see corrals, fish and sea life...
beaches, flowers, sents...........
beautiful beaches, creeks, flowers, sents, tropical forest walks, exotic food, tropical weather, scuba dive. i really do miss the quality of life i had back there.almost everywhere you look, there is something beautiful to look at or smell or taste.
rum and fishsoup and french soka
The white rum i tryed was a real surprise. it tastes definitly different to all rum i tasted before.
Fish soup is a typical meal in guadeloupe if one likes that...
Visiting a disco listening to french soka musique and watching the elegant beautiful locals you should not miss.
Like real french, women wearing beautiful femine cloth, real eyecatch. If you see people dancing soca (most locals are black) you realy wish you could move your body just little like they do... Not speaking french keeps you very away of all contacts to the people.
The island is divided in 2...
The island is divided in 2 parts : Basse-Terre (west) and Haute-Terre (east). The western part is much more interesting, more green, with good snorkelling around the city of Bouillante...and a very pretty (but overcrowded by tourist) waterfall in central Basse-Terre part. Nothing very great....due to the fact it is a French colony....everything looks like France except maybe the beaches, the colour of skin of some locals...and the climate.
The advantage from Europe being that flights to Guadeloupe are among the cheapest ones to reach the area.
If you have never seen sharks...go to top south-eastern point of Haute-Terre (Pointe des Châteaux) and from a cliff...you may see them swimming.