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08.09 for 7 days charter

Yacht charter in Guadeloupe located on butterfly-shaped island discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. It is now a French overseas department where you can unmistakable detect it’s influence by smelling fresh croissants and pastries mixed with spicy aromas of West Indian cuisine wafted from cozy restaurants and charming bistros.

7 available yachts out of 33
08.09 for 7 days charter
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Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
12.38 m
3 cabins
8 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 1 900 ($2 208)
Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
12.7 m
3 cabins
8 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 100 ($2 440)
Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
12.7 m
3 cabins
8 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 100 ($2 440)
Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
11 m
3 cabins
6 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 150 ($2 498)
Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
11 m
3 cabins
6 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 150 ($2 498)
Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
11.55 m
4 cabins
10 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 500 ($2 905)
Bas du fort/Marina de Bas du Fort (Guadeloupe)
11.55 m
4 cabins
8 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 540 ($2 951)
Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
11.95 m
4 cabins
10 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 600 ($3 021)
Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
11.95 m
4 cabins
10 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 600 ($3 021)
Bas du fort/Pointe-à-Pître (Guadeloupe)
14.15 m
4 cabins
10 berths
8 days
08/09 - 15/09/2018
yacht rental price per week € 2 600 ($3 021)
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Guadeloupe yacht charter

Guadeloupe is a seafaring adventurer’s paradise. It is a perfect island for first-time travelers and experienced sailors alike to plan a Caribbean yacht charter. This secluded French treasure is the outermost point of the Leeward Islands. It is one of the largest islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, and a thriving metropolis of French-Creole style. First discovered by the Western world in 1493, Guadeloupe hosts a variety of French tradition while blending with its ancestral roots. Choosing Guadeloupe for your first sailing vacation is the best decision you can make this year. 

Guadeloupe is the perfect place to discover your love for the Caribbean with a catamaran charter or sailing yacht vacation. When you choose 12 Knots, you have a selection of many different professionally maintained yachts, fully equipped to handle the open waters or allow you to hop around to different destinations on the island at your own leisure. We want to ensure your Guadeloupe yacht charter is memorable and enjoyable, and take every step to ensure your sailing vacation is held to the highest standards of excellence. Read on to discover more about the opportunities awaiting you with boat rentals in Guadeloupe.

Geography and Wildlife

Guadeloupe is the southernmost island of the Leeward chain, and can be identified on the map by its unique butterfly shape. Guadeloupe is the common name for two distinct islands, the Basse-Terre Island and Grande-Terre. These islands are separated by a small sea channel known as the La Riviere Salee, or “Salt River.” On the island, you may encounter a variety of ecosystems, from secluded sandy beaches to tropical rainforests and towering volcanic cliffs.

One active volcano presides over Guadeloupe, the "La Soufrière." It is located in southern Basse-Terre, and has powerful eruptions that wiped out Guadeloupe’s landscapes in the past. However, its last eruption was in 1976, and it poses little threat to the locals and travelling sailors today. La Soufrière is one structure in a volcanic complex called the Carmichael volcanoes.

Though much of the land is covered in lush tropical forests, Guadeloupe has been settled extensively on the coastline. Grand Terre is a shopping hub with beautiful beach resorts, while Basse Terre is home to many small farms and plantations, supplying bananas, eggplant, pineapple and sugarcane products to its population. This once uninhabited island is now a major contributor to tourism and trade in the Caribbean, and an ideal place for beginner sailors to go on their first yacht charter experience.

Guadeloupe is also the home territory for exotic sea life and island animals. Unfortunately, this area has been over-hunted, and many wildlife populations are struggling to recover. Some of the protected species include the Lesser Antillean iguana and the agouti (a large native rodent). However, sea life thrives in the Caribbean, and while you snorkel or sail you may catch a glimpse of several different dolphin, whale, sea turtle, manatee and fish species. Birds are also highly populated on the island. Birdwatchers are in for a treat on Guadeloupe hikes and nature trails, as rare species such as the Antillean Nighthawk, Guadeloupe Black Woodpecker, and Lesser Antillean Macaw can be found.

If you are interested in seeing some of these landscapes and wildlife populations up close, take a natural tour of the island with one of the national parks, reserves, or wildlife tour companies. Many places offer canoe and kayak tours, animal encounters, and miles of nature trails which you can trek individually or with a tour guide. Guadeloupe is the perfect place for nature-lovers to explore and discover what is so special about the Caribbean island and its habitats.

History

The first known people to inhabit Guadeloupe were the Arawaks, an island tribe that scattered throughout the Caribbean islands. They called the island Karukera, or "The Island of Beautiful Waters." As the Arawak civilization started to decline, the Caribs moved to the island to stake their claim in the bounty and fertile grounds that were plentiful on Guadeloupe.

On his second exhibition, Christopher Columbus found Guadeloupe and named it after the Virgin Mary, “Santa María de Guadalupe.” However, as more nations started to colonize North America and the Caribbean islands, the Spanish lost control of Guadeloupe to the French. The French settled on Guadeloupe until 1759 when the British seized the island. In 1763, the French and British signed the Treaty of Paris, which gave France control of Guadeloupe once more, as it ended the Seven Years War. However, the British and French, and even the Swedes fought over the island until The Treaty of Vienna was signed in 1815, giving France final control of Guadeloupe.

During colonization, much emphasis was placed on the sugar trade. Hundreds of plantations arose, and Guadeloupe became a primary exporter of sugar and rum. Guadeloupe exported more sugar than all the British islands combined. In total, the sugar trade in Guadeloupe during the 1700s was worth about £6 million ($8.01 million) per year. While sugar is still produced on the island, Guadeloupe’s primary export item is bananas and other local fruits.

Culture

Guadeloupe has a very unique culture. It’s blend of French influence and Caribbean authenticity makes their signature Creole style one of a kind. The official language of Guadeloupe is French, however most of the population speaks a specific dialect of Antillean Creole. A majority of the population is Roman Catholic, however indigenous religious influence makes their worship and culture much different from Western Catholicism. Along the streets you’ll find a charming mix of French cafes and bistros and classic Caribbean restaurants serving spiced and savory West Indian cuisine.

Guadeloupe is well known for its people’s literary achievements. Several well known poets and authors originate from Guadeloupe, the most renown being Saint-John Perse (Alexis Léger). This French diplomat and avid poet won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to literature, Guadeloupe has a vibrant musical scene, both in traditional dance music and modern pop tunes. Most music of Guadeloupe is a blend of African, French and Indian influence. Unlike many cultures, a majority of music is sung in the native language, Guadeloupean Creole. Dance is an important part of music as well; popular styles include zouk, zouk-love, and kompa.

As part of the French islands, Guadeloupe is also a vibrant area for fashion. Though French fashion isn’t as prevalent here as it is on other islands, the influence of fine European clothing is still prevalent. However, traditional garments are still worn in celebration and ancient religious practices. Women wear a unique style of traditional dress, one that is colorful, layered, and reserved for special occasions. During festivals and celebrations women also wear madras, which are special headdresses with the same vibrant patterns and fabrics as the dresses. Gold jewelry is the traditional accessory, and the styles of jewelry are heavily influenced by European, African and Indian cultures.

If you’re visiting Guadeloupe for the first time, you’re likely going to want to shop and eat at the local destinations rather than frequenting the tourist traps. This island, like many others in the Caribbean, is well known for ist artisan crafts and unique treasures to take home with you. Each city has its own speciality, from artisan crafts to specialty dishes made from local produce. FOr example, Pointe Noire is the place to go for quality woodwork. La Broderie de Vieux-Fort is where to visit of you want to shop for embroidered products, and Saint Francois has its claim to fame with coconut sculptures. Each town will have its own artisans and shops that you will surely want to experience.

Nearby Islands

If you are planning a yacht charter in Guadeloupe, there are several nearby islands, beaches, and nature preserves within a day sailing that are incredibly unique. You won’t regret sailing towards Dominica where secluded beaches and dense rainforest can be discovered. Or, if you’re eager to face more challenging waters, head north to the islands of Antigua, Nevis and St. Kitts. Wherever you land there may be beautiful beaches, stunning mountain views, or something else you never knew was out there.

Guadeloupe is part of a Caribbean archipelago consisting of five islands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, and La Desirade. All of these are fairly easy to reach if you sail from Guadeloupe, however the northern islands may require more sailing experience as the trade winds are stronger. 12 Knots offers crew assistance so you can venture off in whichever direction is calling you the most during your yacht charter in Guadeloupe.

If you head south just 6nm, you can reach the islands of Marie Galante and Les des Saintes. Both islands have bustling streets, beautiful farmlands and a wealth of beaches for you to enjoy on your trip. If you continue your trek south, you will eventually land on the island of Dominica. Unlike Guadeloupe, Dominica was controlled by the British until 1978 when it gained independence. It is known as the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean.” Many plant and animal species are able to thrive, especially because the island is still growing and forming, as evidenced by the island’s hot spring, Boiling Lake. It is a beautiful place for novice travellers and experienced sailors alike.

More experienced travellers are encouraged to sail further north. Approximately 40nm from Guadeloupe you will meet the shores of Antigua, where lush forests and mountainous crevices paint the lands. Antigua is a perfect place to go snorkeling or lounge on the beach for some relaxation time. If you continue on the northbound track, you will also meet Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis islands. Each of these islands have unique natural preserves, beaches and excursions that you and your group will love.

Guadeloupe Attractions

If you don’t want to start sailing your first few days of the Guadeloupe yacht charter, there are plenty of things to do on and near the island that don’t require a days’ trip. Guadeloupe is home to many historically and geographically significant sites, from historic rum distilleries to beautiful national parks and forests. There is surely something for everyone with boat rentals in Guadeloupe.

If you are a nature-lover, visit the Guadeloupe National Park in Basse-Terre. This national park is also a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO, and offers over 300 kilometers of hiking trails to see the beautiful flora and fauna that inhabit the island. Trek up the La Soufrière volcano, then on your way back visit the Carbet Falls, where towering volcanic slopes give way to stunning waterfall views. Your path will be lined with mahogany and bamboo trees, and some of the hundreds of orchid species endemic to Guadeloupe.

Scuba diving and snorkeling are some of the most popular Caribbean excursions, and there is no better place than Guadeloupe’s Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve (Réserve Cousteau). This underwater reserve sits just off the coast of Basse-Terre, near the Pigeon Island waters. Beginners can snorkel the shallow reefs, or take a tour via glass bottom boat,  while experienced divers are invited to explore the depths of these beautiful waters. On your tour of Réserve Cousteau, you may find sea turtles, parrotfish, barracuda, and hundreds of sea plants and corals you may never have seen before.

Pointe-a-Pitre is the place for shopaholics and for finding the perfect souvenir to take back home. In this busy town you can find  French luxuries, cosmetics, and jewelry in the Center Saint-John Perse, while Saint-Antoine offers open air markets filled with Creole food, hand crafts, and vendors dressed as vibrant as the art and clothing they sell.

Guadeloupe, like most Caribbean islands, is known for its rum. If you want to see historical distilleries and sample some of the Caribbean’s finest spirits, take the ferry to visit Marie-Galante. Most tours start at the “Hundred Mills Island,” where you will get an overview of the history of colonization, the history of rum production, and a tour of the distilleries as they functioned in the late 15th century. The distilleries of Marie-Galante are famous because they contain 59% alcohol by volume, whereas other Caribbean rums only contain 40-50% at most. Famous distilleries such as the Distillerie Poisson (Père Labat) and Bielle distillerie are popular tourist attractions for tasting and purchasing a rum for back home.

Boat Rentals in Guadeloupe

12 Knots Yachting Club offers a variety of boat, sailing yacht, catamaran and luxury yacht rentals for you to plan your dream Caribbean vacation. Our team will ensure you are equipped with a reliable sailing yacht suited to your experience level and destination plans. We also offer crew assistance, equipment and even watersport rentals for fishing, kayaking and more. If you plan your Guadeloupe yacht charter, we can make it happen.

Guadeloupe is a great place for beginner and advanced sailors to explore the open water. Our yacht charters are based in Marina Bas du Fort, in Point a Pitre. This full-service marina provides all of your pre- and post-trip essentials, including fueling, maintenance, food, drinks and a shower station. It is located about located 10 minutes away from the Point a Pitre International Airport. 12 Knots will provide you all the necessary equipment for your yacht charter, and offers additional watersports rentals and optional crew assistance for your sailing vacation.

These waters provide perfect line-of-sight sailing and receive very calm trade winds. The average temperature in Guadeloupe hovers consistently around 27-30°C (80-86°F) throughout the year. Like most tropical areas, Guadeloupe has two main seasons; you can expect a dry season between January to June, and a wet season from July to December. During the peak rainy months, the northeast trade winds blow at an average of 20-25 knots.

We recommend you plan your trip for the first half of the year to avoid rain and thunderstorms, and to experience calmer waters. If you are a beginner, we recommend you hire a skipper for  your yacht charter to help with navigation and to learn more advanced sailing techniques. 12 Knots also offers sailing school, if you have time to enroll before your vacation.

12 Knots Yachting Club wants to provide the best Caribbean sailing vacation available. Whether you’re content in hopping around the island of Guadeloupe, savoring the food and experiencing the bustling French streets, or if you crave the adventure of open water, yearning to see new islands and discover untapped, natural beauty, we have a charter for you. Guadeloupe is a popular destination for island vacations. Why not make yours a sailing vacation and experience not only the island, but the natural wonder of the open ocean?

Choose 12 Knots Yachting Club for an experience you’ll never forget.

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