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 Guadeloupe - Profile

Facts

  • Although Hurricane Maria did pass close to Guadeloupe, the island manged to escape too much damage.  Airports, marinas, restaurants, hotels and services are fully operational.
  • The largest of the Leeward Islands, Guadeloupe is a Departément d'Outremer (Overseas Department) of France and its inhabitants are French citizens. The department includes the neighbouring islands of Les Saintes, Marie-Galante, and La Désirade as well as St Barts and St Martin.
  • The official language is French. Most people speak creole. In tourist centres they also speak English.
  • Guadeloupe is a butterfly-shaped island, the two wings separated by the Rivière Salée, which is navigable by shallow draft boats. Normally boats with a 6 ft (1.8 m) draft can negotiate the passage, even if occasionally they have to plough through the soft mud. The added advantage of taking this shorter route is that the sailing angle for boats continuing to Antigua is much more favourable. Note however that the river bridge is currently not opening until further notice due to maintenance. See http://www.marinaguadeloupe.com/en/the-marina/river-bridges for further info.
  • Cruising attractions: a blend of French sophistication and Caribbean joi de vivre that has produced an atmosphere unmatched in any of the English-speaking Caribbean islands. The island and her dependencies offer everything a sailor could wish for, from secluded anchorages to the latest marinas, first-class repair facilities, good provisioning as well as an excellent cuisine suited to all pockets.
  • Yachting facilities in Guadeloupe are excellent. There are several marinas (ports de plaisance) and as Guadeloupe has been chosen as the finish of several transatlantic races from France, repair and service facilities are of a high standard. But note, it has been reported that propane tanks with American-style fittings cannot be filled here.

Security

Based on reports to Noonsite from cruisers, petty theft from yachts is on the rise in the Caribbean in general. Cruisers should take basic safety precautions and use common sense when leaving the boat or going ashore at night. Dinghy thieves operate throughout the Caribbean and have been reported in Guadeloupe. Best advice is to always place your dinghy on deck and chain and lock it and your outboard overnight.

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (safetyandsecuritynet@gmail.com) provides information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye to appropriate behaviour and precautions wherever they decide to go. Should you have suffered a boarding, robbery or attack on your yacht or have information about a yachting-related security incident, go to the CSSN homepage and click on the "Report an Incident" icon. The associated form is quick and simple to complete and ensures that all the necessary details are reported. The CSSN is the most comprehensive source of Caribbean security incidents against sailors. Remember, it is every cruiser's responsibility to ensure that incidents are reported. Also cruisers can subscribe to e-mail alerts, follow on facebook and twitter and listen to the SSB Voice Service.

Also be sure to check the Noonsite Piracy & Safety Pages

Last updated June 2017.

Weather

The climate is tropical, in the trade wind belt. The height of the land means frequent rainfall. July to September is the highest danger period for hurricanes.

Meteo France Outre-mer (in French)

SMX Cyclone (in French)

http://www.antiguamet.com/
Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Office providing public weather forecasts for Antigua & Barbuda, the Leeward Islands and the BVIs.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

Meteo France Guadeloupe
Tel:08 92 68 08 08

Main Ports

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Manatee
Manatee says:
May 05, 2017 09:54 PM

Diving Pigeon Island - Cousteau Park - Guadeloupe:
Do not try to dive there from your own private boat. We were chased away from a yellow mooring by a commercial operator. Park Rangers confirmed there are not enough moorings for commercials and private - so privates are no longer welcome.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 22, 2017 12:27 AM

La Desirade, Guadeloupe - from Doyle Guides:
Good news for those who may wish to stay in this tiny harbor. One of the ferries is now gone for good. The remaining ferry docks on the eastern side of the town dock. This means visiting yachts may tie up alongside the southern and western sides of the town dock, space permitting, which is most of the time.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 07, 2015 05:50 PM

Posted on behalf of Sam Bartlett:
Dinghy Sabotage

Just a warning for people leaving their dinghy tied/locked to the small pontoon at Pigeon Island anchorage, Guadeloupe. We returned from dinner to find our gas tank punctured and further punctures in all three of the flotation tubes – a total of 9 holes.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 30, 2015 12:05 PM

This from Chris Doyle via the Caribbean Navigator Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/341518759227037/

I was wing and wing in Guadeloupe, passing between the island of Gosier and the town, when I saw ahead of me a sting of white buoys that appeared to go all the way across. However boats were anchored on either side of them, so I assumed there was a way through and behind one of the boat there did appear to be a larger gap. So I altered course onto port gybe and headed for it. When I was about 60 feet away I saw that the gap was an illusion, one buoy was somewhat under water, and all the buoys were roped together from the island to the mainland as a swimming channel with no passage of boats. I managed to swing into the wind, all sails flogging, and carry up far enough to drop anchor, which held me till I could get the jib furled, the main sheeted in and the engine started. I had not realized that towns could just close of a well-used navigable channel like that without at least some kind of warning. So, since they didn’t let you know I am!

I have been through that gap may times, to be safe I suggest in my guides people go round. It is very well used by local boats, especially the fishing boats and therein lies the problem. Apparently a swimmer was killed by an outboard motor, so I have sympathy for what they have done, Some kind of warning buoy or notices to places like Compass would be helpful.I don't think the rope is deployed all the time - it looked fat too new and shiny to have been in the water long. I am just happy I was not under spinnaker!

Peter Wraa
Peter Wraa says:
Jul 01, 2014 10:22 AM

the river-bridges is closed , so your can't go through the 2 island
http://www.marinaguadeloupe.com/index.php/en/the-marina/river-bridges

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