Guadeloupe Additional Information
[Automobiles may be rented on the island and you should have no problem
getting one, even if you wait until after you arrive. Autos are available at
the airport, and if you stay at Gosier, several companies keep offices there
for you to rent from. We have shopped around at the offices at Gosier and have
been satisfied with renting from them. Cars are delivered from elsewhere, so
you may have a half hour wait. The Civilized Explorer]
Major car rental companies (and their local numbers) include:
Azur Auto 84.30.56
Ballad'In Car 88.02.33
Car Pentier 82.35.11
Caraibes Evasion 90.38.71
Chris Auto 88.34.42
Easy Rent 88.76.27
E.C.M. Location 98.23.73
Euro Rent 91.42.16
Guiver Car 83.25.69
Jumbo Car/Thrifty 91.42.17 / 91.55.66
Karukera Car 83.78.79
Location Service 85.82.65 / 88.11.61
Nad'in Car 91.60.06
Tropic Car 91.84.37
Via Locations 26.73.24
Victory Car 84.18.57
[For those who don't speak French, location means rental. The
Public buses are modern and comfortable, inexpensive, and very easy to use.
They stop along the road, particularly where there are bus- stop signs and
shelters marked "arrêt- bus." A wave to the driver stops the bus. Public
buses run from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fare from the airport to Pointe-à-Pitre
terminal on rue Peynier: 5F.
Most tourist transport however, is by taxi. Some drivers speak English, but
not all. Taxi stands are at the airport, in Pointe-à-Pitre and Basse-
Terre, and at major hotels. Approximate sample fares:
Night fares are 40% higher than day fares and are in effect 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
and all day Sunday and holidays. Radio cabs are dispatched by calling
20.74.74, 82.96.69, and 83.09.55.
- airport to Gosier hotels -- 58F
- airport to Pointe-à-Pitre -- 29F
- airport to St. François hotels -- 167F
For Marie- Galante, ferries leave Pointe-à-Pitre harbor daily
at 8 a.m., as well as at other hours. Round- trip fare is about US$30.
Antilles Trans Express, Tel: (590) 91.13.43,, connects Pointe-à-Pitre's
Quai de la Darse with Grand- Bourg, as does BrudeyFrères, Tel: (590)
90.04.48, which has two to three trips daily. From St. François on
Guadeloupe's east end, Antilles Trans Express leaves every Tuesday (and
Thursday, in high season) at 8 a.m. for the 1-hour trip to St. Louis. Round-
trip fare: US$30. There is also service on the Amanda Galante, Tel: (590)
For Les Saintes, Antilles Trans Express and Brudey Frères connect daily from Pointe-à-Pitre at 8 a.m., sailing back from Terre- de- Haut at 4 p.m. Round- trip fare: US$30. From St. François, a boat departs at 8 a.m. every Tuesday (and Thursday, in season), and is priced at about US$32 round- trip. The Princess Caroline, Tel: (590) 86.95.83, connects from Trois- Rivières on Basse- Terre (one and a half hour drive from Pointe-à-Pitre), leaving daily at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., with departures from Terre- de- Haut at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. From the town of Basse- Terre, Brudy Frères has a boat departing daily (except Sunday) at 12:30 p.m. The trip takes about 30 minutes.
For Désirade, Socimade boats, Tel: (590) 83.32.67, connect at
least twice daily (except Tuesday) in both directions from St. François.
The trip takes 45 minutes and is priced at about US$40 round- trip. Sotramade,
Tel: (590) 20.02.30, makes two to three trips every day between St.
François and La Désirade, similarly priced at US$20 round- trip.
There also is service on Le Mistral, Tel: (590) 88.48.63 / 20.04.43.
Note: Ferry crossings are sometimes rough, so unless you're a good
sailor, you might want to make your trip by air. Local tour operators offer
Helpful Addresses on the Island
Guadeloupe Tourist Office Prefect's Office
5, Square de la Banque, B.P. 1099 rue Lardenoy
97181 Cedex Pointe-à-Pitre 97100 Basse-Terre
Guadeloupe, FWI Guadeloupe, FWI
Tel: (590) 82.09.30 Tel: (590) 81.15.60
Telex: 340 919715
Fax: (590) 83.89.22
Police Sub-Prefect's Office
Pointe-à-Pitre Place de la Victoire
Tel: (590) 82.00.05 97100 Pointe-à-Pitre
Basse-Terre Guadeloupe, FWI
Tel: (590) 81.11.55 Tel: (590) 82.91.14
Further Information in the USA
Telephone: The Guadeoupe Tourism Board has a toll-free number at 1-888-448-2335. "France on Call" nationwide from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern time at 1- 900- 990- 0040.
Write or Visit:
French Government Tourist Office
444 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
9454 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tel: (310) 271-6665
676 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: (312) 751-7800
Further Information in Canada
Telephone, Write, or Visit:
French Government Tourist Office
1981 Ave. McGill College (490)
Montreal, Que., H3A 2WO
Tel: (514) 288-4264
Fax: (514) 844-8901
30 St. Patrick St.
Toronto, Ont., M5T 3A3
Tel: (416) 593-6427
Fax: (416) 979-7587
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