Guadeloupe is a beautiful butterfly in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, formed by the islands of Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. Every wing of the butterfly is unique and special: Basse-Terre is mountainous and wet, while Grande-Terre is flat and has large beaches. Also, under the butterfly there are islands of different sizes, where you can find the native culture of this French region and idyllic and quiet beaches that will make you fall in love with this place of the Caribbean. We suggest you this 7-day sailing itinerary for Guadeloupe to know the main islands and beaches of the archipelago. And especially to enjoy the Caribbean.
The boating season in Guadalupe goes between December and May, coinciding with the dry season in the Caribbean. Like in the whole Caribbean, the best sailing conditions happen between January and March, although then is when there are more visitors and sailors than in other months. You can also sail comfortably in the months of December, April or May, but bad weather could surprise you. It is better to avoid the months of the hurricane season, between July and October, but these can be extended from June to November.
Wind and Weather
While currents in Guadalupe are usually from the west, the winds tend to come from the northeast. For this reason, the water in the northern part of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre is usually rougher than in the southern part and the small islands of Les Saintes, Petit Terre and Marie-Galante. Winds help navigation with a force of between 15 and 25 knots in the boating season. Throughout the year the average temperatures move between 21 degrees Centigrade and 31º.
Itinerary: Guadeloupe (7 days / 98-107NM)
Day 1. Pointe-à-Pitre – Sainte Anne (15NM)
We set sail from the capital Pointe-à-Pitre and head towards Sainte Anne, east along the coast. There we can enjoy the beach of Bois Jolan, a narrow and long strip of white sand. On one side there are lush palms and in the other one a turquoise, clean and shallow sea.
Day 2. Sainte Anne – Pointe des Châteaux (14NM)
We will go to Pointe des Châteaux, the easternmost point of the Grande-Terre island. There you can find sharp-pointed rocks that give the beach this ‘Castles’ Point’ name. The waves here are much stronger than in other parts of Guadalupe, but the landscape, the turquoise waters and the white sand of the Castles’ Cove (Anse des Châteaux) are unmatched.
Day 3. Pointe des Châteaux – Petit Terre (7NM)
We will continue our sailing itinerary for Guadalupe to the southeast, towards Petit Terre. It consists of the islands of Terre-de-Bas and Terre-de-Haut. The first has a large beach northwest of the island, with white sand and turquoise waters. Terre-de-Haut, on the other hand, has small beaches scattered around a fairly rocky coast. We can sail at our leisure and relax in the place that we prefer.
Day 4. Petit Terre – Marie Galante (19NM)
We will sail to the island of Marie Galante, one of the largest in the archipelago. Cliffs dominate on the east coast, but on the west we can find various beaches of white sand and perfect to enjoy the Caribbean waters, as Anse Canot or Plage de Moustique. In Saint-Louis and Grand-Bourg we can buy some supplies for our trip.
Day 5. Marie Galante – Les Saintes (16NM)
We will head west, to Les Saintes archipelago, and in particular to Terre-de-Haut (not the Terre-de-Haut in Petit Terre). This is one of the most tourist islands of Guadeloupe and there are many yachts and sailors. On the coast there are several beaches and you can practice all kinds of water sports.
Day 6. Les Saintes (4-13NM)
Day to sail Les Saintes archipelago . If we find a place that make us fall in love in one of its islands, we can spend the day there. Or if you prefer sailing, you will know Grand-Îlet, La Coche, Les Augustins …
Day 7. Les Saintes – Pointe-à-Pitre (23NM)
The last day of our sailing itinerary for Guadeloupe we will go back to Pointe-à-Pitre. While sailing we can observe port the mountainous island of Grande-Terre. The waters as we approach our destination will be increasingly turquoise. In the capital we can visit the outdoor market or know the culture and the vibrant life of its inhabitants.