Guadeloupe – A TOURIST IN THE CARIBBEAN

Guadeloupe

Terre-de-Bas Island

Guadeloupe is a beautiful Caribbean island and an overseas region of France located in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is part of a group of island nations that occupies about 1,628 sq.km of land in the Caribbean Sea. The main territory consists of two main islands Basse-Terre to the west and Grande-Terre to the east. Basse-Terre is the island’s capital while Pointe-a-Pitre in Grande Terre is the economic hub and home to the main port on the island. The island’s iconic landmark, Soufriere, an active volcano is a source of hot springs and sulfur springs which is a great draw to visitors and tourists on the island.

Guadeloupe is a very mountainous island with low-lying rivers with plenty of coastlines and picturesque beaches. The Basse-Terre side of the island is covered with dense forests, mangrove swamps, and small rivers while Grande-Terre has fewer forests and only a few patches of woodland. Fishing is a big part of the island’s occupation as the warm waters of the Caribbean sea support a wide variety of sea life. Local ferries connect the main islands to the smaller islands in Guadeloupe. The long stretches of white sandy beaches, the lush tropical forests, and the blue skies offer a lot of activities for travelers to indulge in a  sweet Caribbean vacation.

The economy of Guadeloupe depends on services, agriculture, light industry, manufacturing, and tourism. Because the island is a territory of France, it also receives French aid in the form of large subsidies, imports, and grants. The industrial sector of the island includes cement, sugar production, clothing, and wooden furniture. Manufacturing and agriculture also account for a small part of the island’s thriving economy. Bananas and sugar cane are the island principal crops for export to other Caribbean islands. While, eggplant, flowers, and small fish are exported to foreign countries. But the biggest contribution to the economy on the island is in the Government Services Departments of Administration, Education, Health, and Social Services.

Jacques Casteau’s Underwater Reserve

When you think of culture in the French territory of Guadeloupe, the first thing comes to mind is color, a kaleidoscope of colors adorn by its rich ethnic diversity. The island is a melting pot of different cultures in art, religion, music, and culinary practices all influenced by French, Indian and Caribbean traditions. The spoken language is French and Creole between locals. The currency used is the Euro.

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