Somewhere hidden in the West Indies, between the Caribbean Sea and the Northern Atlantic, is a small group of islands that form a true pearl in the chain of Lesser Antilles, which has been inhabited from as early as 300 AD. When the original Arawak people settled there, the main island was called Karukera, meaning the Island of Beautiful Waters.
Ever since those early days, a lot has happened with regards to cultural and historical events, including the landing of Columbus in 1493 and the French colonisation in 1635. However, the beautiful waters have remained exactly the same. We now know this beautiful, small archipelago as the Guadaloupe Islands, a highly attractive yachting destination that has a wealthy array of attractions for everybody to discover.
As an overseas region of France, the Guadeloupe Islands are part of the Eurozone and has French as a main language. It has a population of approximately 400,000, the majority of which lives in the main island's urban areas, the largest of which is Pointe-à-Pitre. Although not the capital, one can find Guadeloupe's main economic centre here, with the main international airport just a stone's throw away and conveniently located right between the western and eastern halves of Guadeloupe proper, respectively called Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, separated by the Rivière Salée, or Salt River.
Pointe-à-Pitre is a great starting point for discovering all the wonderful things that Guadeloupe has to offer, combining colonial architecture with twentieth century buildings and forming a rich and intriguing blend of styles and cultures that simply has to be discovered. Obviously, due to it's highly attractive location, Guadeloupe is the perfect destination for a highly memorable superyacht vacation.
For vessels with an LOA up to 50 metres, the local marina Bas-du-Fort offers a home base from where one can comfortably discover the area. It has direct access to the Caribbean Sea, opening ample possibilities to discover Guadeloupe's smaller islands of Les Saintes, Marie-Galante and La Désirade. For vessels with over 50 metres LOA, the port of Pointe-à-Pitre offers ample berths, equally accessible and close to the city centre.
Sailing between Guadeloupe's charming, magical islands simply isn't complete without spending some time at anchor at some of the many enticing locations, either in or nearby the island's characteristic marina's, the widespread natural habitats or any of the many romantic bays that bring those famous waters together with the blue skies to form an atmosphere beyond any other.
Imagine an ideal stay in wonderful Guadeloupe. You can choose to arrive on your own superyacht, where fast ship clearance through Customs and Immigration can be arranged. Of course, arriving at Pointe-à-Pitre's Le Raizet airport is also an option, from where quick transportation to one's superyacht can be easily arranged for any company, ranging from guests to crew, to any location within Guadeloupe. Easily and conveniently, persons and freight can be brought to any desired location, by land, sea or air.
Arriving at one's yacht, time can either be spent onboard or discovering the wide variety of excursions and activities that Guadeloupe has to offer. While guests are enjoying the environment, ranging from gorgeous tropical bays to charming towns and superb natural environments, superyachts can be easily stocked, provisioned and maintained, laundry service and fuelling can be arranged, currency exchanged and restaurant reservations can be made.
To assist in any of these chores, or any other, there is one reliably partner you and your crew can turn to: Gerard Petrelluzzi, chairman of PSSL (Petrelluzzi Shipping Services & Logistics ), acting as Yacht Assistance Agents in Guadeloupe , a member of Caribbean Shipping Association, they know all the ins and outs, and know how to turn a stay in Guadeloupe, ranging from a one day trip to an extended stay, into a pleasant and seamlessly organised one.
Yacht Assistance Guadeloupe is available at one's disposal, ready to arrange any type of logistical, organisational or practical request. Ranging from placing restaurant or hotel reservations, communication and transportation, and anything in between, all services are carried out with swift precision and meticulous know-how of the local customs and regulations. From supplying superyachts with fresh plants and flowers to arranging local mobile phone numbers and free wi fi for crew, to taxi and limousine service, aircraft rental and medical and emergency assistance, anything is possible. All is aimed at one's comfort, making your stay on the Guadeloupe Islands an extremely memorable one, worthy of repeating.