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Will it be what we expect?

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Will it be what we expect?

We are a late 30's couple from the northwest part of the states that are planning a 2 week Caribbean vacation for the end of Feb. After researching numerous islands we feel Guadeloupe has what we are looking for.

1) beautiful beaches

2) lush tropical jungles

3) an colorful island culture

4) its not a major tourist island

5) markets to buy fresh fish fruit and vegies

6) restaurants and bars with locals that welcome outsiders

7) plenty of out door activities

8) and if we arrive in time a great carnival celebration

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1. Re: Will it be what we expect?

Hi there,

Well yes mostly. For 6) it helps a lot if you try and speak SOME French, the

'typical Yank or Brit' would still feel an outsider.

The major tourist scene is Gosier/St.-Anne, if you avoid that area for e.g. Deshaies or Pointe-Noire which both also have a more swimmable sea you'd have all you need.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Will it be what we expect?

I had the great fortune to live and work in Guadeloupe for a year and managed to travel to most of the other islands during my year there, and I LOVED Guadeloupe. My answer to all your questions above is YES. Do make a point of speaking French though, as you will have a much better time.

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3. Re: Will it be what we expect?

Hi, I have only ever been to St Lucia but I love the idea of Guadeloupe, less touristy than Martinique but French? I speak some French and Lucian Creole and love scuba diving. Looking for a small hotel or small villa and good access to scuba diving. Any advice gratefully received! Looking for 2013.... thanks!

PS not "typical Brits"!!

Edited: 5:20 pm, December 16, 2011
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4. Re: Will it be what we expect?

I concur with ErikdR's suggestion to stay in/near Deshaies/Pointe-Noire. In those communities, the original community is likely to find just what he/she is looking for.

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