Sailing Holidays in Guadeloupe
Sail around Guadeloupe, the butterfly-shaped island with a French Creole flavour or visit neighbouring Antigua.
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, this charming butterfly-shaped island is now a French overseas departement. The French influence is unmistakable and the smell of fresh croissants and pastries mixes everywhere with the spicy aromas of West Indian cooking in restaurants and charming bistros
The two halves of the island, Grand Terre in the east and Basse Terre in the west are separated by a narrow sea channel, "La Riviere Salee". The island is covered in tropical forests, cleared in places for banana, pineapple and sugar plantations.
Guadeloupe itself has many harbours and secluded anchorages all around the coast and you'll find gorgeous bays on the islands to the south, all less than 3 hours sailing away, Les Saintes, La Desirade, Petite Terre, Marie Galante. The snorkelling and diving is superb in the whole area.
Sailing in Guadeloupe
Around Guadeloupe you’ll find exceptional sailing and unspoilt anchorages. Visit the Jacque Cousteau Reserve and experience exceptional snorkelling and diving at nearby Pigeon Island. The islands of Marie Galante and the picturesque Iles des Saintes lie just 20nm off the south, and the mysterious island of Dominica is within easy reach to the south. For a more challenging sailing itinerary plot a course to Antigua, 40nm to the north.
DAY 1 : Embark at Marina Bas du Fort in Pointe-a-Pitre
DAY 2 : Enjoy a short sail across to Ilet a Gosier (3 miles), a tiny wooded island suffounded by reefs and white sandy beaches.
DAY 3 : Marie-Galante (19 miles). the anchorages are all along the west coast, the nicest being Saint Louis. Ashore you' find an authentic Caribbean life style, white sandy beaches and lagoons protected by coral reefs. Visit the Grande Anse refinery and taste the world's best rum.
DAY 4 : Portsmouth, Dominica (25 miles). Discover this magical, unspoilt island. Tour the Indian River.
DAY 5 : Sail to Les Saintes (18 miles). Terre de Haut lies in a beautiful bay. Explore the island and visit Fort Napoleon.
DAY 6 : Choose one of the many anchorages on Basse Terre: Anse à la Barque, Rivière Sens, Trois Rivières, Goyave... or visit the Cousteau Marine Park.
DAY 7 : Return to Marina Bas du Fort in Pointe-a-Pitre.
Temperatures in Guadeloupe remain around 30°C all year with short tropical rain showers. Steady trade winds blow from the north-east at 20-25 knots during the peak winter months December to June. Experience Level 2-3 depending on itinerary.
Yacht charter in Guadeloupe
Yachts are based at Marina Bas du Fort in Pointe a Pitre, the capital of Guadeloupe. Charters start and finish any day, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. Minimum charter is 7 nights but over Christmas and New Year period 10 nights.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO GUADELOUPE:
Air France have flights to Guadeloupe from the UK via Paris. Transfer time to Bas du Fort Marina 20 minutes.