Renting a boat in Guadeloupe
Renting a boat in Guadeloupe will allow you to explore the crystal-clear Caribbean waters that surround the multitude of islands. Embark from the marina at Bas-du-Fort, which entertains the yacht racers of the “Route du Rhum” every 4 years, and discover the island of Gosier only a short distance away.
You can also rent a boat in Saint-Francois, take your time enjoying the fresh sea air and arrive at your very own leisure. The resort welcomes guests to its turquoise lagoon and invites you to enjoy the amenities of the marina with various restaurants, bars and a casino. From Saint-Francois, you can venture to Petite-Terre, a protected nature reserve that abounds with fish, turtles and other exotic marine species.
With a little bit of luck, you'll also interact with some of the local dolphins. Located only 10 nautical miles from Saint-Francois, you can get there within a day, by sailboat, catamaran, and also by speedboat or by one of our semi-rigid inflatable watercraft. You can also head out to Marie-Galante, the authentic and magical “Sugar Island”.
There, the port of Saint-Louis and the beaches of Anse Canot will plummet you out of time. Another must-see islands for your cruise is ´The Saintes.´
Enjoy open sailing in the second most beautiful bay in the world (after Rio) or venture to Le Pain de Sucre (The Sugar Loaf), a veritable haven of peace. Back on dry land, discover Fort Napoleon and the Creole huts which are a staple in the village square amid the iguanas.
At Les Saintes, you will find yourself facing Basse-Terre, the other half of the butterfly shaped Guadeloupe. In just a few hours sailing, and barely an hour by motorboat, you can travel to Bouillante and walk upon volcanic sand beaches and explore the wonderful Cousteau nature reserve, which thrives with many types of both common and exotic sea life. Travelling to the North you will find Deshaies, one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Guadeloupe, where you can watch the sunset upon the tranquil Caribbean Sea. By venturing round Basse-Terre, you will arrive at Petit Cul-de-Sac Marin and Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin, one of the wonders of the Guadeloupe coast. Here you will find a multitude of small islands, some completely deserted, and others sparsely inhabited. Among the best known are the islands of Caret and Fajou which provide a true hidden corner of paradise. To get there, two options are available to you: you can get there from the North via the Petit Cul-de-Sac Marin, or from the South by traversing via the bridge connecting the two islands (Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre) and passing through the Riviere Salee (The Salt River). Attention should be noted: the bridge only opens for sailboats once per day, at five o'clock in the morning. In this area, the many shoals require you to be very careful, especially during major droughts, however, this is truly worth a visit! By venturing even further offshore, you will easily reach the neighboring islands which are not a part of the Guadeloupe archipelago. For example, Antigua, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin lie just to the North while Dominica, to the South, will leave you enchanted for sure.