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Guadeloupe at a glance
Because this archipelago, of five very different islands, combines Caribbean cool with French chic. “Les isles de Guadeloupe” are: Basse-Terre, Grand-Terre, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and Desiderade.
The Reserve Cousteau, Basse-Terre, was named after Jacques Cousteau, the French father of scuba. He thought this area had the world’s finest marine life. There is an underwater statue of him, which divers touch for luck.
You probably didn’t know
That the dance of Guadeloupe is called the “begine”, performed in colourful Creole dress. Or that Guadeloupe is called “the butterfly island” because of the shape of the two main islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, which are joined by mangrove swamp.
The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe (Timothy Williams, 2015); Death on Paradise, the BBC TV series filmed here.