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Basse-Terre

Travel Guide Caribbean Guadeloupe Basse-Terre

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Introduction

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 heart 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.

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Neighbourhoods

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Sights and Activities

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

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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Getting There

The commune is at the foot of the Soufrière volcano and is connected to the rest of the island by three main roads:

  • The N1 which exits the commune in the south on the coast and continues inland to Gourbeyre then all the way around the coast to Pointe-à-Pitre on Grande-Terre.
  • The N2 which goes north along the coast to Vieux Habitants and continues all the way around the coast to join the N1 at Baie Mahault.
  • The N3 which traverses the length of the commune and continues to Saint-Claude inland.

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Getting Around

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Eat

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Drink

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Sleep

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Work

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Learn

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Keep Connected

Internet

There's wifi available in some places like hotels and restaurants. It might be free, but sometimes there's a charge.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Guadeloupe's international country code is 590.

Few foreign mobile phone companies offer international roaming to Guadeloupe so double-check before leaving. Your company should provide specific roaming to Guadeloupe since it has deferent mobile phone companies than in mainland France.

Alternatively, you should be able to get a Pay-as-you-go SIM card from various locations. There are two companies offering wireless services: Bouygues Telecom Caraïbe and Orange Caraïbe.

Post

Post offices are found in all cities. Letter boxes are colored in yellow. In most Post Offices you will find an automatic machine (yellow) with a scale and a screen. Just put your mail on the scale, tell the machine (French or English) the destination, pay the indicated amount and the machine will deliver a printed stamp.

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