Holidaymakers looking for some Caribbean sunshine on one of the smaller islands may like to visit Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe. This is a wonderfully scenic place on the western half of Guadeloupe and has many interesting things to do and see. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments and cottages.
Holidaymakers staying on Basse-Terre can enjoy some fabulous beaches where they can relax and soak up the sunshine. The clear and warm waters are ideal for swimming, while other watersports are available off the island including jet skiing, water skiing, towable kayaking, surfing and snorkelling. Fishing is also popular here in the waters around the island with boat trips offered to tourists. Hiking, horse riding and cycling are other activities here with some very scenic areas to visit, especially along the coast. The international golf course at Saint Francois is approximately an hour and 15 minute’s drive away. There are numerous bars, inns and restaurants located in the Basse-Terre area mainly serving a wide variety of cuisine such as Creole, French, Italian, Chinese and African. In addition to this, self catering holidaymakers will find markets selling fresh food and drink as well as other provisions.
Basse-Terre is the administrative capital of Guadeloupe and has some terrific sights for tourists to enjoy. For example there is the 19th century Cathedral of Saint Pierre et Saint Paul, which is a grey stone building with white statues. For those interested in plants and animals the Zoological and Botanical Park is a good place to visit, which lies on a hilltop garden on the banks of the La Riviere-aux-Herbes. The Islet Gosier is about an hour from Basse-Terre and has a lighthouse and wildlife such as two metre long iguanas and pelicans. Tropical fish can be seen at the aquarium, which is the largest in the Caribbean.
The average temperature here varies little throughout the year with a range between 23 and 27 degrees centigrade. However, temperatures can exceed 30 degrees centigrade between June and November. This is also the wettest time of the year with as much as 23cm of rainfall on average in September alone. The rainfall tends to be short and heavy. Temperatures rarely fall below 20 degrees centigrade.
Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP) on the island of Grand-Terre in Guadeloupe is about 50 minute’s drive from Basse-Terre and has flights to and from Antigua (ANU), Havana (HAV), Miami (MIA), Montreal-Trudeau (YUL), Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) and Paris-Orly (ORY) as well as other Caribbean islands. Visitors from Europe can travel to France and get a direct flight from Paris or fly to Miami and get a connecting flight to the island with Air France. Car rental services are available at Pointe-à-Pitre Airport with Avis, Budget, National/Citer, Euradom, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Taxis are also available outside the terminal building.