Places to Visit in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, America

Places to Visit in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, America

Pointe-a-Pitre is the largest city of Guadeloupe, an overseas collectivity of France. It is an administrative center of Pointe-a-Pitre arrondissement, located around 65 kms from Guadeloupian capital, Basse Terre. With the seaport, Port de Jarry and many textiles and medicine manufacturing centres, Pointe-a-Pitre serves as the commercial hub of Guadeloupe.


Geography of Pointe-a-Pitre:

Pointe-a-Pitre is geographically positioned between 16°14′28″ N latitude and 61°31′59″ W longitude, on the southwest part of Grande-Terre Island. It enjoys wet season from July and November.


History of Pointe-a-Pitre:

The literal meaning of Pointe-a-Pitre in local language is ‘headland of Pitre’. It is believed that, Pitre may be named after Portuguese Jewish sailor Pitre.

Pointe-a-Pitre was earlier damaged by many natural disasters during 18th and 19th centuries and later it has been gradually recovered by the different development programs by the France Government during the 20th century.


How to reach Pointe-a-Pitre?

Pointe-a-Pitre is home to the most important airport of Guadeloupe, Pointe-a-Pitre Le Raizet Airport which is placed in Abymes, 2.5 kms away from the center of Pointe-a-Pitre city. It operates both passenger and cargo flights to and from different European and American locations such as Miami, Paris, Antigua, Dominica, Montreal, San Juan, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Lucia,  Saint Martin, Santo Domingo and Sint Maarten.

Pointe-a-Pitre has a well developed public transportation that carries tourists to Basse Terre and other neighboring towns. Tourists can also use taxis and private cars for local travel.


Food and Culture in Pointe-a-Pitre:

La Fete des Cuisinieres is the main event that takes place in Pointe-a-Pitre in early August with banquets and dance programs.

France perfumes, watches, silver and madras cottons are purchasable products and the major shopping corners in Pointe-a-Pitre are:

  • Rosebleu
  • A La Pensee
  • Rues de Nozieres
  • Schoelcher

The famous restaurants in Pointe-a-Pitre are:

  • Yoshi Restaurant
  • La Canne a Sucre
  • Desir du Palais
  • Le Pirate Caribeen


Things to do in Pointe-a-Pitre:

  • Ti-Evasion Private Tours
  • Shopping
  • Regional Festivals


Places of interest in Pointe-a-Pitre:

Musee Saint-John Perse:

The Musee Saint-John Perse is a museum located on the 9 Nozieres Street in Pointe-a-Pitre, featuring lots about the life and work of famous Nobel laureate, Alexis Leger (St John Perse) who was the native of Pointe-a-Pitre.


Bas du Fort district:

The Bas du Fort is a hilltop fortress with history dating back to the 18th century, constructed in the Vauban style, located between Gosier and the city. Tourists can also spot lots of fishes in Guadeloupe Aquarium which is just kms away from Bas du Fort.


Musee Victor Schoelcher:

The Musee Victor Schoelcher is a museum devoted to Victor Schoelcher who was known for his work against slavery in Guadeloupe. It features bundles of artifacts from the ancient Guadeloupe.


Other places of interest in and around Pointe-a-Pitre include:

  • Place de la Victoire
  • The Basilica of St Peter and St Paul
  • Bel’Mangrov
  • Edgar Clerc Archeological Museum
  • Golf Municipal Saint-Francois
  • Parc des Roches Gravees
  • Cathedrale Saint Pierre Saint Paul


Best time to visit Pointe-a-Pitre:

From December to June will be the ideal time to trip Pointe-a-Pitre while the weather remains dry and supportive for outdoor activities.


Accommodation options in Pointe-a-Pitre:

Pointe-a-Pitre houses numerous luxury hotels ranging from 1 star to 3 star offering top class facilities and services to the visitors taking accommodation in such hotels. A list of prominent hotels and villas in Pointe-a-Pitre include:

  • Residence Village Viva
  • Le Bougainvillee
  • Hotel Le Soleil Levant
  • Village Soleil
  • La Cohoba
  • Hotel Saint John Perse
  • Coco Zabrico
  • An-tikaz-La
  • Gites Abahia
  • Barca a vela Tamala
  • Carpe Diem Place
  • Villa Bleue
  • Villa Zen
  • Diva
  • Residence Bord De Mer

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