(Area Code +011 590 - not in North American system)
Guadeloupe, a Department of France, is really two islands, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, separated by a narrow sea channel and connected by a bridge.
Both parts are roughly equal in area but are quite different in character and topography. Basse-Terre is mountainous and has the volcano of Soufriere as the focal point of its national park, while Grande-Terre is relatively flat and is mostly agricultural.
The commercial capital is Pointe-A-Pitre (pronounced Point-Ah-Peet), which is also the largest town. It has a bustling port, busy shopping arcades and modem buildings. At Gosier, to the south-east, are many of the island's hotels and night spots.
Guadeloupe is well-known for its gastronomic delights, with fresh food flown daily from Paris. The Tourist Office in Pointe-A-Pitre is particularly helpful for visitors who do not speak French.
Weddings (as of 29 Sept,. 2007):
Waiting period: Must be in residence at least one month prior to wedding day.
Documents: Birth certificate (or copy with raised seal). Residency card. Medical certificate (including blood test) issued within three months of marriage date. Legal documents must be translated into French.
(Source: The Toronto Star)
|Area: 530 square miles
Population: About 386,000
Airport: Le Raizet - PTP
Voltage: 110/220 volts, 50 cycles
Currency: French Franc
(US$1.00 = FF6 floating exchange)
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