Guadeloupe is an archipelago of small islands south of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. It has a French/Caribbean culture being an overseas French territory. The main island is butterfly shaped and Lamentin is on the north coast of the western side in Basse-Terre.
Holiday rentals in Lamentin are close to some of the gorgeous beaches that Guadeloupe is known for. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, boat trips and watersports are very popular. Further inland, hiking or driving through the Parc National will allow visitors to see wild orchids, thickets of bamboo, gum trees, flowering gingers and heliconias. A walk in the jungle will be accompanied by the squawking of many tropical birds. Canoeing and kayaking around the archipelago is possible, or take a motor boat trip. The area has excellent snorkeling and diving in the Reserve of Cousteau. After dark, nightclubs beat out salsa music or R&B.
Lamentin holiday homes are in the Basse-Terre region which is the administrative capital of Guadeloupe. Basse-Terre is filled with historic landmarks including forts dating back to the 17th century. Fort Delgres is a magnificent example and entrance is free. Colonial buildings can be seen on a tour of the city. At the very centre of Basse-Terre is the Parc National del la Guadeloupe with fern-covered hills rising to rainforests. Visit the Maison de la Foret exhibit centre and don’t miss the Cascade aux Ecrevisses, a jungle waterfall. On the west coast of Basse-Terre is the beautiful beach at Maldendure and boat trips take visitors to the Ilets Pigeon.
Being in the Caribbean, Lamentin holiday rentals enjoy a tropical climate with average daytime highs consistently around 28-31°C (83-88°F). The year is divided into the rainy season from July to December, and the dry season from January to June. The island may have a tropical storm in late summer with heavy rain showers. The best time to visit is in the winter months, when the climate is dry and sunny. The mountain areas are slightly cooler but they do get more precipitation.
The main airport serving Guadeloupe holiday rentals is Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport which is 8 miles from Lamentin. If you plan to hire a car to explore the island, pick one up on arrival from the airport. However, taxis are plentiful around the airport and may be the easiest way to reach your Lamentin holiday rental. The journey should take less than 15 minutes. Pointe-a-Pitre Airport is served by several airlines including Air Antilles, American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, Corsair and Air Caraibes, with most flights being direct from the USA or further afield.