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French Caribbean Guadeloupe Islands have never been so close

French Caribbean Guadeloupe Islands have never been so close

Starting April 6, 2013, American Airlines will operate a weekly non-stop flight to Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) from Miami, announces the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.

The late morning departure will enable passengers to benefit from easy connections from around the US, arriving in the Guadeloupe Islands in the afternoon. American Airlines will fly a Boeing 737 aircraft, offering the comfort of 16 business class and 134 economy class seats.

This so French, undeniably Caribbean archipelago is the Caribbean’s best kept secret. It’s a destination that has it all: rain forests, waterfalls, crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, charming villages, exquisite cuisine, and French culture.

Like a gargantuan butterfly that has landed between Antigua and Dominica, Guadeloupe is primarily made up of two main islands connected by a narrow channel. The left “wing” is called the Grande-Terre, and the right “wing” is the Basse-Terre. Guadeloupe also includes smaller surrounding islands: Marie-Galante, La Desirade and Les Saintes . The very efficient inter-island connection network makes the Guadeloupe Archipelago a premier island-hopping destination, as all the islands are located within a mere 20-45 minute boat ride.

Since greenery is a big part of Guadeloupeans’ national pride, ecotourism has been a key aspect to the development of the destination. Active Fauna and Flora protection programs have been implemented for the past 30 years resulting in an entirely preserved environment today.


French imports make dining on the Islands a true delight. The destination boasts over 200 restaurants, some of which are located on porches of local homes, serving everything from Ti ‘Punch to local Creole creations such as stuffed land crabs, stewed conch and curry dishes.

The Guadeloupe Islands are perfect for any type of adventure. From exploring the lush scenery to hiking up the summit of La Soufriere volcano to canoeing on the hidden rivers in the National Park, Guadeloupe really has something for everyone. Go kayaking down the Cousteau Reserve, or delve into a culinary adventure by trying “Nouvelle Cuisine Creole,” the perfect combination of French Savoir Faire and Caribbean flavors.