A Carribean archipelago with a French flavor - discover this tropical gem from the deck of your Sailo boat rental. You’ll find plenty to entice and enthall you both onshore and off when sailing Guadeloupe.
Shaped like a butterfly and just as pretty, Guadeloupe sits in the middle of the Antilles, a region known as the Leeward Islands. From this strategic location, it’s the perfect spot to either spend time exploring with a Guadeloupe yacht charter, or venture further afield to neighbouring islands such as Dominica or Montserrat.
Guadeloupe herself offers lots of opportunity for adventure and a fantastic sailing experience. The two wings of the butterfly are named Basse-Terre and Grand-Terre (the west and east respectively), with the less developed Basse-Terre home to an extensive natural park and tropical forest.
Grand-Terre is where you’ll begin your adventure sailing Guadeloupe, in the main town of Pointe-a-Pitre. With its unmistakably French vibe, the city makes a great starting point for any sailing vacation, and it’s here where you’ll find a great selection of Sailo boat rental options. Discover vibrant markets, fascinating museums and colorful colonial districts perfect for lazy strolling.
Remember that Guadeloupe is part of France, and you’re unlikely to encounter much in the way of English being spoken away from the tourist centers. If your French is a bit rusty, don’t worry, even the basics will go a long way, and locals are often eager to help passing yachtsmen. Go with the flow and you’re sure to have an incredible Caribbean sailing vacation in Guadeloupe!
Sailing in Guadeloupe
From Pointe-a-Pitre, which is located in the center of the island, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to sailing in Guadeloupe. Many choose to circumnavigate the islands over the course of a week long sailing trip, or head to nearby Dominica to explore a whole other cultural experience.
Sailo offer a selection of bareboat or captained boats, so you can choose your private boat rental to match your experience and vacation goals.
Around 19 miles south of Pointe-a-Pitre, Marie-Galante is a popular stop off for visitors sailing in Guadeloupe. With miles of hiking trails, a chocolate box assortment of pristine beaches and plenty of reef to explore, a day or two on Marie-Galante is definitely a good choice to stop by on your private yacht charter. Fans of rum should make sure to head to the Bellevue distillery in the center of the island, with an excellent tour of the facilities and a tasting of the final product, of course!
The Saintes are a small cluster of nine islands, due south of the Basse-Terre on the main island. Anywhere else in the world and Iles de Saintes would be a dream vacation destination in their own right; with a historic fortress, sheltered bays and unspoilt reefs waiting for you to dive in and discover them. On shore, leave your boat rental in one of the many anchorages and you’ll find lots of great bars and restaurants for a welcome break.
Basse-Terre and the western coast of Guadeloupe offers an almost limitless opportunity to find your own slice of tropical paradise. On board your private Sailo yacht charter, you’ll be able to choose whatever suits you best. Fans of diving will love the Jacques Cousteau underwater reserve, near Plage de Malendure. Culture vultures may prefer to stop for supplies and sightseeing in the island’s capital, Basse Terre (town). Beach lovers will find plenty to entice them around Grand Anse and Rifflet.
Off the eastern coast of Grand-Terre, lies La Desirade. Home to a natural wildlife sanctuary, La Desirade is a wild and often forgotten island, fringed by coral reefs and an abundance of stunning beaches. Not many tourists make it here, so if you’re sailing Guadeloupe, you’ll easily be able to find a secret stretch of beach with your Sailo boat rental. The island is even more sleepy and laid back than the rest of the archipelago, and an excellent place to stop and relax for a day or two.
This uninhabited island sits in the bay between the two butterfly wings, north of Pointe-de-Pitre though the Riviere Salée, which separates the two islands. Being made up of mangrove swamp and coral reef, the island is teeming with wildlife, both underwater and above. If you’re looking for exceptional scuba or snorkelling, make sure you add Fajou to your Guadeloupe sailing itinerary.