36 Hours In the French Caribbean | GUADELOUPE


These shots are bringing back such lovely memories from my recent trip to Guadeloupe with Norwegian Airlines. Guadeloupe is a tropical escape well known to French-Europeans, thats gaining in popularity in the US now that Norwegian have added east coast routes directly from NYC, Providence & Fort Lauderdale. It was my first trip to the French Caribbean and I was equal parts curious and excited! My focus was mostly on creating content for Instagram & youtube but you know I can’t resist a good picture…

WHERE TO STAY: We stayed at La Creole Beach & Spa Hotel (highly ranked on tripadvisor) and it was a beautiful relaxing base with at least five different room options depending on how luxe you want to go, the suite above with palm tree mural was pretty spectacular! It has full buffet-style board if you want it & it’s own beach cove & a really nice pool which I took a few late-night dips in after our long days of sightseeing…

MY FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES: We explored towards the east & west sides of the island with our tour guides. On our first day we visited St. Anne Peninsula and took a short hike up to the monument with spectacular 360-degree views of the Island. Another highlight was our visit to the Cacao house where we were given a very immersive presentation on the lifespan of cacao from bean to bar and the stop-off at Cascade aux Ecrivisses waterfall on the way back! The most memorably magic day for me had to be our day-trip by ferry to the islands of Les Saintes. Caribbean music filling the air on arrival, we learned about the local tale of the Torment De L’Amour cake (which is delicieux by the way) before heading off to explore the historical Fort Napoleon. From here we had insane panoramic views (rated one of the best bay-views in the world) that were quite frankly just breath-taking. I think we spent a solid 40-minutes just taking pictures, the colours were so vibrant from up there. My favourite part of our Les Saintes trip was our time at what felt like a secret beach cove called La plage de Pompierre. It’s probably one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to – clean turquoise waters, white sands, friendly beach goats and best of all because of the time of year it was not busy at all! It felt like our secret…

THE ISLAND VIBE: Like most tropical islands theres a cherished sleepiness that I always look forward to, the island chill. What I liked about Guadeloupe is the option to enjoy the sedentary resort life & just relax or get out in a car or scooter & explore the many things it’s people and places have to offer. The creole culture is very rich and would advise you take every opportunity to try the local food, which is a mix of fresh produce and the most delicious fried food including plantains and a local fast food delicacy – the bokit sandwich!

I’m delighted I got the opportunity to share my experience as I didn’t know much about it before. A hidden gem no-more thanks to Norwegian, Guadeloupe caters very well to tourists but isn’t spoiled by mass tourism which makes for a very authentic visit! At as low as $59 each way to Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe should be on every NYC’ers winter break bucket list!

Find out more at: Norwegian.com


*Although trip was kindly hosted by Norwegian Airlines & Guadeloupe Tourism this post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

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