Everywhere you go French fills the air. Not only French language, but French West Indian culture too. Music, dancing and the incredible scent of French Caribbean cooking is found and experienced in the streets and squares, and it emanates from the windows of warm and friendly homes. Basse-Terre, the western sister of Guadeloupe’s fraternal twin islands, is the larger and more mountainous of the two. Discover coffee and banana plantations shadowed by a towering dormant volcano.
Grande-Terre is Guadeloupe’s principal tourist center. People flock here to explore the sugar white sand on the beaches of Sainte Anne, the views along the northern coastline and the unique Creole architecture in Pointe à Pitre.
“This program manages to combine the classroom learning experience with amazing adventures in the Caribbean in a way that amazed me. I loved the homestay, classes, surfing, sailing and especially the people I met along the way!” — Nathaniel Wade Hubbs, Camden, TN
The majority of your time will be spent on the southern part of Grande-Terre in Sainte Anne. Side trips to St. Francois on the southeastern shores for a surfing lesson and a sailing getaway to remote outer islands weave a little fun and escapism into a one-of-a-kind language adventure.
On its two separate main islands and breathtaking outer islands, it doesn’t get any more French than this.
From Sainte Anne to Saint François to Iles des Saintes, soak in the French language and Creole culture on stunning Guadeloupe.
A vibrant community on the coast of Grand-Terre, Bas-du-Fort has the perfect beach off the beaten path.
The western, and more rugged side of Guadeloupe’s twin islands boasts rugged cliffs towering waterfalls and the Soufrière Volcano.
Ile des Saintes
An eight-island archipelago discovered by Columbus. Re-discover its uninhabited coasts, and pristine reefs.
A quaint fishing town steeped in Guadeloupian culture where creole houses line seaside streets and pristine beaches attract world-class surfers.
This tiny island lies on the northern coast of Grand-Terre. Snorkeling, kayaking and camping out on the beach are favorite pastimes here.
You could spend weeks in this peaceful seaside village along the southern coast of southern Grand-Terre and not utter a word of English.
This once sleepy fishing village is wide-awake, bustling with its shops, restaurants and A-list beaches. Surfers and sailors aren't left out of the action.