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Basse-Terre is the capital of the island of Guadeloupe and has a total population of roughly 20,000 inhabitants, making it the second largest city, after Point-a-Pitre. It is located along the southwest coast of Basse-Terre Island, the western part of Guadeloupe. Although it is the administrative hart of the island, Point-a-Pitre remains much more important regarding the cultural and economical position and is as well the major transportation hub of Guadeloupe. The town was founded in 1643 and even today remains a quiet small place with some traditional French influences. Most of the place is centre around the main square and the Cathedral of St.Peter and St.Paul. And although small, it makes for a nice day trip from other parts of Guadeloupe.
Basse-Terre has a hot and humid tropical climate with average daytime temperatures throughout the year of 30 °C and average nights around 23 °C. Most rain falls between June and October with a change of hurricanes from August onwards. Therefore, the drier (and slightly cooler) December to April period is the best time to visit weather wise. Unfortunately prices rise sharply during this period and the months of November and May still have good weather. So budget wise these latter months may be a good option as well.
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