Europcar is proud to offer five locations on the small set of Caribbean islands collectively called Guadeloupe, with two on the Basse-Terre island and three on Grande-Terre including one at Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport. So whether you're off on a short break, on an extended family vacation, or travelling for business, we can help with all your car hire needs. Useful services like easy online booking, express pick-up, optional satellite navigation, child seats and additional driver cover, can help to make your driving experience around any of Guadeloupe's exotic tropical attractions a pleasure. Plus, Europcar 's fleet of safe and reliable vehicles are standing by to allow you to select the hire car that best accommodates, however many passengers, however much luggage, or whatever size budget you have.
Owned by the French government, with Paris as its capital city and using the Euro as its currency, Guadeloupe is a fascinating archipelago of islands, with each part offering visitors something different while all retain their rich Franco-Caribbean culture and identity. Guadeloupe’s two main landmasses are separated by a straight so narrow that they are often referred to as just one island, and they are joined together by bridges and a mangrove swamp. Grande-Terre, the eastern of the two islands, has a string of beach towns that offer visitors beautiful clean stretches of sand to laze on and soak up the abundant sunshine, while the mountainous regions of Basse-Terre, the western of the two, is home to the stunning Guadeloupe National Park, which is watched over by the spectacular, almost 5000-foot tall La Soufrière volcano. South of the mainland of Guadeloupe is a number of small islands that give small a taste of the region's past.
The Island of Basse-Terre - The bigger of the two main islands – and they are separate islands, despite being joined by roads – as well as being the more dramatic, with soaring peaks and thick rainforest within the vast Parc National de la Guadeloupe, as well as some stunning beaches and some of the best diving sites in the Caribbean to be found around Pigeon Island. The northwestern corner of Basse-Terre boasts the most stunning scenery. Most of the west coast is rocky and many of the roads snake along the tops of towering sea cliffs, making for some epic drives.
The Island of Grande-Terre -The southern coast of Grande-Terre, with its reef-protected waters, is Guadeloupe’s main resort area. The eastern side of the island is largely open to the Atlantic, with crashing surf, and in comparison with the southern coast is far more peaceful, being largely ignored by the resort crowd. Northern Grande-Terre doesn’t have much in the way of accommodation, but it’s probably the best place to spend a day driving around, with sea cliffs on one side and swaying fields of sugarcane on the other. Pointe-à-Pitre, the island’s biggest city, is in the southeastern corner of Grande-Terre and offers somewhat more sophisticated facilities for shopping and dining.