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When to go?
The Creole island of Guadeloupe is a perfect for those craving a balance of culture (French, African and Caribbean) and nature in their Caribbean vacation. A good time to go is when you or your kids are ready to try out their French language skills - though most tourist locations speak English. Weather-wise, June through November might serve up a tropical storm; otherwise, Guadeloupe's Caribbean climate is temperate.

Where to stay?
Guadeloupe is not for travelers in search of all-inclusive resorts or a glam getaway. Grande-Terre, the larger of the two main islands, offers beachfront resorts and a good selection of small, picturesque hotels and guest-houses. The capital island, Basse-Terre, offers a lovely rainforest and the most nightlife. Basse-Terre's hotels center around the beachfronts of Le Gosier and Pointe-a-Pitre, while bungalows are sprinkled around this isle's perimeter.

What to do?
From its volcanic and mountainous terrain to its pristine seas, Guadeloupe beckons your inner explorer with its varied geography. To satisfy your holiday's yin and yang, spend time on the white beaches of St. Anne - then head to the black sands of Grand Anse. Active types will enjoy hiking the rainforest of Basse-Terre's "Parc National" and diving out of the island's "Centre Nautique." The truly adventurous can even try kite-surfing in St. Francois.


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