Guadeloupe Yacht Charter
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Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, this charming butterfly-shaped Caribbean island is now a French overseas department. There are excellent Guadeloupe yacht charters available because Guadeloupe is part of the Caribbean Leeward group of Islands which includes the very popular luxury yachting Islands of St Martin and St Barts with their fantastic harbours. Guadeloupe is also a known charter destination because it offers wonderful relaxed tranquility and natural beauty as compared to its more famous and busier neighboring Caribbean Islands. There is a large selection of crewed luxury yacht charters in this part of the Caribbean – you can rent sailing yachts, motor yachts and catamarans.
So what can you expect to experience on your Guadeloupe yacht charter?
Guadeloupe has several harbours and secluded un-spoilt anchorages that you enjoy. The coastline of the Island reveals gorgeous bays in the south such as Les Saintes, La Desirade, Petite Terre, Marie Galante. Visit Guadeloupe if you love the Caribbean beaches and beautiful water ways. The snorkeling, swimming and diving is superb in this whole area.
There is some definite French cultural influence remaining in Guadeloupe. Onshore you may very well encounter the smell of fresh croissants and pastries as fused with the spicy aromas of West Indian cooking in restaurants and charming bistros. Your luxury charter yacht chef will certainly be able to source fresh French style baking when you are in port.
When cruising Guadeloupe on your crewed luxury charter yacht you will notice that there are two halves of the island. Grand Terre in the east and Basse Terre in the west and they are divided by a narrow sea channel, "La Riviere Salee". Both halves are forested in tropical forests which have been cleared in places for banana, pineapple and sugar plantations.
The Jacque Cousteau Reserve is worth a visit with its exceptional snorkelling and diving at nearby Pigeon Island. The islands of Marie Galante and the picturesque Iles des Saintes lay just 20nm off the south of Guadeloupe. Also the mysterious Dominica Island is within easy reach when sailing to the south of the main Island. The famous Caribbean sailing destination of Antigua is also just 40nm to the north and of course the other main Islands in the Leeward group, St Martin and St Barts, are very close away.
Yacht charter trips to its neighboring islands or Les Saintes, Marie Galante, and Desirade. Guadeloupe has a few decent anchorages and three major marinas, while the neighboring islands provide safe anchorages.
Guadeloupe’s Luxury Yacht Harbours and Ports
As mentioned, although not as prominent in luxury yacht circles as St Martin or St Barts, Guadeloupe nevertheless offers three or so good ports. The biggest of the three and the one most suited to smaller superyachts is Bas-du-Fort. This marina has around 1000 yachts berths with up to 100 of those available for visiting charter boats. Pointe-à-Pitre is a smaller marina which is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the Guadeloupe airport (Pole Caraibes Airport, Guadeloupe's only airport, receives international flights from the USA and Europe as well as connecting flights from other neighboring Caribbean Islands). Although smaller by St Martin terms this port still takes all types of boats up to 130 foot in length. The third harbor is Marina de la Grande Saline. It is positioned near the southeastern tip of Grande-Terre which is a foremost attraction of the St. François resort area. Marina de la Grande Saline provides 250 yacht berths. is There is also Marina de Rivière-Sens at Gourbeyre, with 300 berths, which is around five minutes from the capital of Basse-Terre.
More about Guadeloupe Yachts
Guadeloupe is an overseas part of France and one of the 26 regions in France. Guadeloupe is also an integral part of the European Union. The currency is Euro. It was the famous explorer Christopher Columbus who first landed in Guadeloupe in 1493. The population in Guadeloupe is mostly of African origin. However there are several people from other origins as well such as Lebanese and Chinese. You can explore the region of Guadeloupe by taking a yacht charter holiday. There are many things to do in Guadeloupe for the tourists.
Known for Museums
The region is known for many of its museums that contain beautiful artifacts of painting and sculptor. Guadeloupe is a festival active region and the people here like to join in the festivities with dance and music. You can see the distinctive dress of Guadeloupe but in these modern times it is not worn in everyday life except in case of special occasions. You will thoroughly enjoy your yacht charter trip to Guadeloupe as it is a land of modern cities, verdant rainforests, stunning landscapes and historical architecture. Hence you will be spoilt for choice about what to include and what to exclude in your Guadeloupe yacht charter holiday. It becomes easy to maneuver your yacht from the months of December to May. This is because there is a steady flow of winds over the sea during these months.
Many Types of Yacht Charter
Guadeloupe provides the discerning tourist all types of yacht charters and bareboat charters. You can even opt for super luxury yacht charter where all the modern amenities are on board and provided by your professional crew. There are one way options available to nearby islands such as St. Kitts, St. Martin, Nevis and Antigua. The Raizet International Airport has daily flights to Guadeloupe from major cities in USA and France.
Visit to Basse Terre
Your charter yacht can also then venture to the scenic surrounding regions such as Basse Terre. This region is full of mountains, waterfalls and rainforests. It also serves as a world class diving venue. Hence you can go for sea activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving. The largest of the Guadeloupe Island’s 3 marinas is at Bas du Fort which has well over a 1,000 berths. Out of these 100 are available for boating. The marina here caters to all types of yachts and boats. You can choose between the super luxury yachts and the standard yachts.
Another popular place is Grande Terre. This place is famous for its white, sandy beaches, rolling hills and cane fields. The area is also full of live coral reefs and you can go diving in search of coral reefs. There is the long beach that stretches from St. Anne to St. Francois and it is known as a family beach. There is a good amount of shade and abundance of white sand at the Anne stretch. The town is not secluded and it is directly across the street.
Below is a small selection of luxury charter yachts in Guadeloupe – go here for more.