Guadeloupe is an island in Caribbean, part of the West Indies islands. It has not been known for its tourism; it is known more for agriculture. Sometimes locations like this are the best places to visit because you are getting an unspoiled, uncommercialized beach area. I discovered Guadeloupe while reading a travel magazine and decided that it would make for an interesting trip. It is only a couple of hours by air from Miami. I planned for this to be a quiet, relaxing vacation with a little bit of adventure, unlike some of my trips when I try to cram as much in to a trip as I can.
After reading many online reviews, I selected to stay the Hostellerie des Chateaux in Saint Francois. It was a wonderful choice. It was a quiet little hotel. I was staying in one of the bungalows which I found to be charming. The way the hotel is laid out with the bungalows, I felt like a family compound (think Kennedy’s). The pool is the center of the resort and you are able to sit and eat next to it. The restaurant served delectable seafood. But the best part of the hotel was the host. He was full of information and really great about making suggestions for possible outings. The best part is he is fluent in English. Guadeloupe is a French speaking destination, and I know some phrases, but just enough to survive.
The beaches of Guadeloupe were not quite the beaches I imagined. There are some fantastic beaches, but many are very narrow. Others are not sandy, but rocky. The best part of the beaches was that for the most part, they were pretty empty. Being a French island, there were quite a few topless sunbathers, and the occasional au natural. I am not mentioning this because I have anything against it, I just like fellow travelers, who may or may not prefer topless sunbathing to be aware of the culture.
One of the best sights to see in the area of Guadeloupe I was in was the Pointe des Chateaux. It is a rugged part of the beach. It has giant rocks that the waves come crashing into.
There is a cross up on a high point. More than anything this is just a place of natural beauty that is great for photographing. The major downside of Pointe des Chateaux for me was that I arrived the same time as a bus load of tourists…yes, I know I am a tourist, but dealing with a large group kind of spoiled the atmosphere.
Although I enjoyed my trip to Guadeloupe, especially Hostellerie des Chateaux, it is not a place I will probably ever return to. The people were nice, and the setting was beautiful. It was worth a trip to see and experience once, but not enough here to draw me back.