Marie Galante, Guadaloupe
Guadeloupe is made up of two islands Guadeloupe proper (Basse-Terre), Grande-Terre (separated from Basse-Terre by a narrow sea channel) and five smaller islands, all of which vary quite substantially in scenery. Marie-Galante provides the authentic Caribbean life style, a colorful charm, white sandy beaches and lagoons protected by coral reefs.
Marie-Galante is essentially a rural island where sugar cane farming is the predominant industry and well rooted in local culture. Grand Anse refinery, one of the two sugar factories that Guadeloupe holds claim to, is located here. On the other hand, their three distilleries offer you the world's best rum.
There are many things to do from water sports to hiking or discover the Island in an ox drawn wagon. Don't forget the museums as well as Marie-Galante's astonishing countryside and beautiful points-of-view.
The traditional folk dances, contest of tug-of-war with ox drawn wagons and rooster fights are all part of the natural rhythm of the Island's life. At the piano bars and nightclubs you’ll hear the wild and turbulent beat of the West Indies.
Things to See & Do
* Murat Plantation
* Bezard Windmill
* Museum of sea transportation
* Oxen tug-of-war
* Wind Power Plant Petite Place
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Euro
Language – French
Land Area – 158 sq km
Population – 12,410
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
International Country Telephone Code – 590
Port Location – The ship docks at the Centre Saint-John Perse terminal in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe's main city.
Transport Links – Marie-Galante is easily accessible from Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe's economic capital. It takes 45 minutes by boat or 15 minutes by plane.There is a domestic airports on the islands of Marie-Galante, St Air Caraïbe, Air Guadeloupe, Air Martinique, Air St Barth, Air St Martin and LIAT connect Guadeloupe with the smaller islands in the group. Air France also offers a limited inter-island service. Regular ferry services ply around the islands.
Bicycles, scooters and cars are available to rent.