Getting there & away
Popular with yachties and sailors, there is mooring in Deshaies and St-François, and at the marina near Pointe-à-Pitre. Cruise ships regularly call on the island. There are a number of ferries to the outlying islands of Guadeloupe and other Caribbean destinations.
Cruise ships dock right in the city at Centre St-John Perse, Pointe-à-Pitre’s old port complex, and at the spiffy new cruise ship terminal.
L’Express des Îles (harbor office 91-69-68, admin office 83-72-27; www.express-des-iles.com) operates large, modern catamarans between Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica. The boats have air-conditioned cabins with TV entertainment and a snack bar.
Boats leave Pointe-à-Pitre for Roseau in Dominica, and Castries, St Lucia, on Friday, Wednesday and Sunday (one way/round-trip €67/100). It’s nearly a seven-hour journey, usually with stops in Martinique and Dominica on the way.
Departure days and times for these services change frequently and often bear no relation to the printed schedule. The only way to be sure is to call L’Express des Îles or check with a local travel agent.
There are discounts of 50% for children aged two to 11, and 10% for passengers aged under 26, or aged 60 and older.
Brudey Frères (90-04-48; www.brudey-freres.fr) has a 350-passenger catamaran with a daily service between Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort‑de-France (one way/round-trip €57/87). In season, there’s an extra boat on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Brudey offers discounts for youths and elders. Schedules change, so check current timetables.
You’ll be required to fill out a simple immigration slip on arrival, outlining details of your stay and the purpose of your visit. All visitors officially require a return or onward ticket.
Guadeloupe Le Raizet Airport (PTP; Pole Carïbes; 21-14-72) is north of Pointe-à-Pitre, 6km from the city center on N5. The terminal has a tourist information booth, car-rental booths, a couple of restaurants, ATMs and money-change bureaus. Immigration officers here are relatively fast and professional.
Air Canada (21-12-77; www.aircanada.com) Montreal
American Airlines (www.aa.com) San Juan
LIAT (82-13-93; www.liat.com) Antigua