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Guadeloupe (Antillean Creole pronunciation: Gwadloup), both a department and overseas region, is located 6,700 km from the metropolis, in the heart of the Caribbean arc. The capital of Gwadeloupe is the city of Basse-Terre. The territory has 399,000 Guadeloupeans and Guadeloupeans living in 32 municipalities. The main urban area is Pointe--Pitre with 315,000 inhabitants. A tramway project in the city of Pontoise is scheduled to open in 2020. The city's Ple-Carabes airport, the first ultramarine airport in France, serves the hexagon, Miami, Montreal, Caracas and the West Indian islands.

The Department of Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands. Continental Guadeloupe is made up of two large islands, known as the Butterfly Islands, whose official names are Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre. The islands are separated by a narrow sea channel, la Riviere Salee, but linked by a bridge. There are two smaller islands Marie-Galante to the south-east, and La Desirade to the east. There are also a number of small dependencies: the northern half of St Martin; and Les Saintes, a group of isles and Iles de la petite Terre. St Barthelemy, was once included but it voted by referendum to become a French overseas community in 2003.

Guadeloupe, a place that the Caribbean Indians called "Beautiful Water Island", with its warm climate, is one of the great tourist destinations of the Caribbean. It catches the visitors attention by the excellent hotels and services. It is surrounded by innumerable beaches, white sand and blue sea with different tonalities. In this French island still coexist the originating ancestral traditions of Africa, where it is common to see a religious celebration next to the magic practices that, according to the villagers, cures everything.

The gastronomical variety of their kitchen and supplies can be appreciated in their infinity of restaurants, perhaps some dishes prepared with fish and seafood accompanied by the authentic local rum, deserve an unforgettable memory for the tourist who arrives at these coasts looking for a different adventure. In addition, its territories have the magic and old sugar plantations that emerge between the great extensions of natural forests. There are different options for entertainment, such as the Natural Park of Guadeloupe, the Maison du Volcano and the eight small islands. Terre de Haut and Terre de Bas, considered as the most beautiful of the Caribbean, and Trois-Rivires that communicates by a speedboat and small plane with Pointe--Pitre.

The roads in the French West Indies are the best in the Eastern Caribbean. Roads are well paved and well maintained. Main roads are well marked; secondary roads and tourist sites are adequately marked. Excellent maps are available and local residents are helpful. Both Martinique and Guadeloupe have expressways. Traffic safety is enforced by the police. Night driving can be dangerous, especially in the mountains and on winding rural roads. Petty street crime, including purse snatching, does occur.





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