be careful where you put you feet in the water, especially where rocks are, as you could easily walk on a sea urshin ,and like my friend have 15 thorns in your foot and be in pain for a few days. there is not much you can do about it, they usually disolve with time.
they re happening mostly between june and october.
i ve experienced 3 of them and it s quit a thing.
the strongest was Marilyn....stuck in a house for 3 days.........it makes you think...........
nature goes wild................
i hate it and love it too!!!!!!!!!!!
sounds strange? well sorry but that the way i felt.
beware of the effect of the rhum, it is much stronger there, especially the one from Marie-Gallante(59%).
now the following should be in local customs:
i ve quit often celebrated with locals friends or family and the morning after, they re often offering you a "decollage" which means a "take off" and is a small glass of pure rum..........thanks but no thanks, but that s just me
for those of you who have fair skin, i ll advice that you get a hat, a good sun protection, and stay in the shade between 12 and 15pm.
my friend never believed me but they experienced some really bad sunburns and realised.............imagine having to try to hide from the sun for your all holidays when the temperature in not below 35 degree celcius.....good luck!
Stay clear of the "P'tit Ponch" (or some such nonsense) the local tipple - Rum mixed sugar and lemon juice.
a) very cheap (always a bad sign)
b) foul (unless you are a hardened Meths Drinker)
c) lethal (unless you are a polar bear)
Only for those who see their future on skid row.
Everywhere you come in the world it's always the same problem: there are always these annoying little animals you can spoil your trip in some way. Don't worry: although there are not a lot of dangerous animals on Guadeloupe, there are still some who can badly annoy you. Some examples:
- Mosquitos: of course these assholes are always there. No matter how much mosquito-repellant you use, and no matter how good your mosquito-net is, you will get stung by them. They're the worst when it's humid and hot, and in the area of the swamps in the north.
- Jellyfish: in the water close to the beach you can find jellyfish. You can be lucky like me and swim every day for three months without being stung, but you might as well meet a jellyfish the first time you get into the water. As I heard the pain is not too bad though when they catch you and it only lasts for about 15 minutes. But still...
- Sea urchins: close to some of Guadeloupe's beaches you'll find these naughty animals. They are always close to corals and they have black pins that will get stuck in your feet when you step on them. The poison hurts badly and the end of the pins will not get out easily. Normally it takes a week of walking like a cripple before you recover.
Scared yet? Don't worry, there are no snakes on the island and no dangerous predators. And the spiders and cockroaches are not too big.
When you are on Guadeloupe, of course it is very interesting to visit some other islands in the area. And because the possibilities are limited by boat, the airplane is the most logical option for a lot of destinations. LIAT is the airline that connects almost all islands of the West Indies, and for a reasonable price, but watch out!
I used LIAT to get from Saint-Martin to Saint-Kitts: normally a flight of only 20 minutes. On the way to Saint-Kitts however, I had a delay of 14 hours, and my bagage was lost when I finally arrived on Saint-Kitts. And on my way back I had another delay of 5 hours. 19 hours of delay for two flight of a freaking 20 minutes!!!
And of course it is not nice when you have a delay like this, but when the staff is treating you like a piece of trash when you want to know what's going to happen it makes it even worse. If there is a different way of getting there, even if it costs you a little bit more I'd say: skip LIAT and go for a different company.
I never had the problems, but I heard enough girl complaining about to write a tip about it: the guys on Guadeloupe can be very annoying when you are a girl! They have a huge reportoire of names for you and they'll use them: "Doudou", "Trésor", "Étoile" and so on...
At daytime this can be annoying, but as long as you don't have problems with it, it won't spoil your day. At night it can be a little bit different though: when "the boys" have drunk a few beers they might have the urge to do more then only call you; they might want to touch you as well. The solution: take a boy with you.
There is no difference between big places like Le Gosier or smaller places like Petit-Bourg or Sainte-Anne. Be prepared, at daytime; look at it from the bright side and just give them a smile. At night; don't go alone...
A serious risk you have to think about on Guadeloupe are falling coconuts. It's not really the first thing you think about when you're lying on a beautiful beach with palmtrees over your head: but those big things about you can do serious harm!
The first time I was pointed at this risk was on Marie-Galante, at a beautiful beach near Capesterre. Signs were put up here to warm you for "Attention aux chutes de cocos": falling coconuts.
A second time was when I was renting a car. The owner clearly instructed me not to park the car under palmtrees, because falling coconuts can make bad craters in the roof of the car.
So: think about it...
The great thing about visiting Guadeloupe is the fact that you can visit a lot of different islands from here, and see the big differences between them. The is only problem: these islands are all connected by boats, and since the sea can be pretty rough from time to time, your stomach has to be strong to resist this rough sea.
The boattrips I had to Marie-Galante were not too heavy, but the one to La Désirade was a lot rougher already, and when I came back from Les Saintes, at least 15 people had "the worst kind of stomach-problems" if you know what I mean.
That is nothing compared to the boattrip from Saba to Saint-Martin by the way where more then half of all passengers got sick and made to boat smell terrible... :S
So my advise: if you ever had any problems like this, TAKE YOUR PILLS OR TAKE THE PLANE!
these little birds called the "sucriers" are very fond of sugar.dont leave your pie to cool down outside, it will be gone in mn.
if you click on the picture you ll actually spot them eating sugar from my friend s cap.
Portugal has lots and lots of beaches, and I'm a beach lover myself, so I'm kinda used to the sun. But THIS Guadeloupe sun is really dangerous.. You have to watch out, or else you'll get badly burned... Protect yourself from the sun at all times.
As it is free to but a tent almost wherever you want, you can save a lot of costs and awake at the beach.
Two times thefes had stolen things out of my tent, when i was away for short, or sleeping inside.
I wouldn`t say you could get robbed or hurt, just thefes wait for there chance to steel something.
So you should camp in groups and post a night guard or even look for a local you pay for guarding your tent(s).
As you save a lot of money with camping and not spending in a hotel (cheapest pension i found was 45dollar in 1987) i think its the only save possibility if camping wild outside of watched camp sides.
If you are of white skin...tell every local you are NOT a metropolitan French (coming from mainland France), since they don't like them. And I can understand their feelings....
Anyway, generally speaking I did not find the Guadeloupe people as friendly with tourists as people from neigbouring islands.
Take a guided tour to visit the Basse-Terre. The area can be hard on your car and there's not a lot of help available. The road is very sinuous and steep and it's better to let someone who is use to these area drives.
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