Guadeloupe is an island group or archipelago located in the eastern Caribbean Sea at Coordinates: 16°15′N 61°35′W, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometres (629 sq. mi). It is an overseas department of France. As with the other overseas departments, Guadeloupe is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic. As part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the European Union; hence, as for most EU countries, its currency is the euro. However, Guadeloupe does not fall under the Schengen Agreement. The capital of Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre.
Guadeloupe comprises five islands: Basse-Terre Island, Grande-Terre (separated from Basse-Terre by a narrow sea channel called Salt River) with the adjacent islands of La Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante. Basse-Terre has a rough volcanic relief while Grande-Terre features rolling hills and flat plains.
Further to the north, Saint-Barthélemy and the French part of Saint Martin once came under the jurisdiction of Guadeloupe but on December 7, 2003, both of these areas voted to become an overseas territorial collectivity, a decision which took effect on February 22, 2007.
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Number of Species
Number of bird species: 144
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The Birds of the West Indies
By Herbert Raffaele, James Wiley, Orlando Garrido, Allan Keith & Janis Raffaele
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Guides & Tour Operators
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2015 [02 February] - Keith Millar - Lesser Antilles
My focus was on seeing the island endemics (15 species) and as many range restricted birds as possible in the time (and with the money) I had available. Helpfully, several islands I could ignore completely, there being no special ornithological imperative to visit - no offence! I flew from London Heathrow to Antigua. From there (using Antigua as my base) I first travelled to the neighbouring islands of Barbuda and Monserrat and then proceeded south down the chain of islands to Guadeloupe, then Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada and Barbados.
2016 [02 February] -David Ascanio - Lesser Antilles Cruise
Once again, a sea with pastel blue or green colors, an incredible and rich history, outstanding cuisine, and the beautiful and breathtaking Sea Cloud, combined with exquisite birds resulted in a memorable journey across six of the Lesser Antilles to see all of the endemic parrots, tremblers, hummingbirds, orioles, and bullfinches that these islands offer.
2016 [04 April] - Jesse Fagan - Lesser Antilles
10 islands, 14 days, 14 flights, 8 hotels, 1 visit to the emergency room, drive on the right, drive on the left,...you get the picture. It requires a lot of action and movement to see these birds! And see them we did. It was another successful island-hopping adventure this year, and the logistics worked out fine on this logistically complicated tour. Even island time seemed faster. Mark recovered in fine fashion. And we also got all the potential endemics.
Places to Stay
Hotel La Toubana
Hilltop bungalows overlooking the Caribbean Sea and leading down to a beach at Sainte Anne…
Guadeloupe National Park
Guadeloupe National Park (French: Parc national de la Guadeloupe) is a national park in Guadeloupe, an overseas department of France located in the Leeward Islands of the eastern Caribbean region. The Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve (French: Réserve Naturelle du Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin) is a marine protected area adjacent to the park and administered in conjunction with it. Together, these protected areas comprise the Guadeloupe Archipelago (French: l'Archipel de la Guadeloupe) biosphere reserve.
Flora & Fauna
…a huge variety of birds: colibris, sugar birds with yellow bellies, cow herons, blackbirds, the black woodpecker in the rain forest, moorhens in the Mangrove, wild ducks, and at the sea pelicans, frigate birds, brown gannets and seagulls…