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Gluten free food

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Gluten free food

Hi

I was wondering if anyone can help me by advising if gluten free foods are available to buy in the shops and supermarkets in Guadeloupe. We have the opportunity of staying in Pointe-a-Pitre in late December. I've read that there are many restaurants in the area, but will they have the knowledge as regards cooking gluten free foods?

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We stayed in St Francois earlier this year, and my wife has a GF diet. Restaurants did not really cater for this, however the supermarkets hsd most GF foodstuffs, I.e rice, meat, fruit and vegetables. Couldn't get rice cakes, but they did have maize cakes, which were OK. Are you flying directly or via another Caribbean island, I.e San Juan - there are GF health food shops there.

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Hi Dan

We will be flying from Manchester via Paris, I think. I've only had a quick look at flights. Do you know of a quicker route? I had a look at flying to Barbados, and then on to Guadeloupe with Liat, but the Liat flight looks full for the dates we are looking at. I've read that not much English is spoken and that's why I'm a little worried about the food, having to explain what I can and can't eat to the chefs. Maybe it would be safer to cook ourselves. Is St Francois nice - we would be staying in Green Blue Houses?

Any helpful information would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

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We flew from Gatwick to San Juan, and then island hopped to Guadeloupe. Because of my wife's dietary requirements we pretty much self catered, which was fine. The supermarkets on Guadeloupe are exactly what you would find in France, so it's easy to get by. Hope you have a great time; we found it to be an interesting place, not very commercialised at all. Not much English is spoken, so rudimentary conversational french is a must. St Francois is a quaint little place with a big marina surrounded by restaurants, so worth a visit. Pointe Des Chateax had the biggest waves I have ever seen, so would definitely recommend. On the Basse Terre side Deshaies was worth visiting, particularly the botanical gardens.

Edited: 5:02 pm, October 01, 2013
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Just had a look at where you are staying, it's right on the marina! Car hire is a must if you want to get around - we rented from a local firm with an office on the marina called Gwada Loisirs. The chap who owns it is called Pascal and is a top bloke, despite speaking no English. He arranged to meet us at the airport and then took us back at the end of our holiday, and did us a great deal for cash :-). He is much less rules obsessed than the international car rental firms. Food wise there is a Leader Price supermarket on the road to Le Moule which pretty much met most of our food requirements. There is also a Petit Casino supermarket on the rosd to Sainte Anne (which has a great beach and an artisanal market).

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