French Antilles, Caribbean: where they are, when to go and what to see

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The French Antilles are islands in the Caribbean which are part of the great group of the Antilles and more precisely of the Lesser Antilles. These islands differ from all the others by their territorial belonging to France. To be exact they are: Guadeloupe with all its archipelago, Martinique, Saint-Barthèlemy, Saint-Martin.
Let's get to know them better through useful information for a possible trip!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. 7 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. What to do in the French Antilles: excursions and tours
  7. How much does a holiday in the French Antilles cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 840.108
  • Capitals: Basse-Terre, Fort-de-France, Gustavia, Marigot
  • Languages: French and Creole
  • Local currency: EUR
  • Weather: Warm tropical climate all year round, with a dry and wet season
  • vaccinations: No vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Passport or identity card valid for expatriation to be presented together with the return ticket
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are

    The French Antilles, as already mentioned, are a sub-group of Caribbean islands. They are placed between two seas delimiting the boundary between one and the other, the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. As their name suggests, they are French overseas territories, so politically they are part of France.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: From both cities there are flights to the French Antilles operated by American Airlines and Air France, but unfortunately both companies do not have direct flights from Italy and provide at least one or two stopovers. The total duration of the trip is between 16 and 20 hours depending on the stopovers which usually take place first in London or Paris and then in Miami or New York.
      Compare flights from Rome or Milan - from € 527,13
    • From the main European capitals: London and Paris are the European capitals with the best connections with the French Antilles, again thanks to the flights of Air France and American Airlines. From both cities you can find direct flights lasting almost 9 hours, or flights with a single stop which in most cases is in Miami.
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    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: The climate is tropical, warm all year round on each island in the group with a dry and wet season. Average temperatures are always high and between 25 ° C and 30 ° C, with a relatively dry and cooler season from January to April, and a more humid and muggy season from June to November. The sea is always pleasantly warm in every period.
    • Best time: From January to April is the least rainy period, and in particular the months of February and March.
    • Period to avoid: From June to November is the period in which there is more rain, mugginess and there is a high probability that cyclones and hurricanes will hit the islands, with the risk peak in August-October.
    • Advice: Light clothing and accessories for the beach are good all year round, but don't forget an umbrella and a light, waterproof sweatshirt for rainy days.

    Which island to go to?

    The French Antilles are made up of 4 main islands plus the islands of the Guadeloupe archipelago. We have chosen for you the 3 main islands for a Caribbean holiday.

    1. Guadalupa: it is the largest of the French Antilles, the most urban and touristic, consequently the most developed and equipped for visitors. All this together with its beautiful tropical beaches is the perfect compromise for those looking for a holiday in a wonderful place without missing anything.
    2. Martinique: It is a perfect island for lovers of nature and tranquility thanks to its still unspoiled landscapes, it is also ideal for a holiday at more affordable prices. The days on the beaches of this beautiful island will make you feel in the middle of nowhere making you feel a great sense of peace.
    3. Saint-Martin: It is a very small island compared to the previous ones but the most particular. Its territory is divided between France and Holland so, if you are fond of discovering the cultures of the world, this island will be a paradise for you because it will make you discover the Creole culture marked by French and Dutch European customs.

    7 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Guadalupe National Park, a large park of 17.300 hectares that includes the volcanic complex Le Grande Soufrière and waterfalls 110 meters high such as Les chutes du Carbet.
    2. Pointe de la Grande Vigie, the most beautiful viewpoint of the whole island of Guadeloupe from which you have a fantastic view of the Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. A panorama definitely not to be missed!
    3. Plage Du Gosier, a typically Caribbean beach with fine white sand, turquoise water and large palm trees. It is located in the south-east of the island of Guadeloupe and is one of the most beautiful on the island.
    4. La Pelèe, is a volcano of Martinique almost 1.400 meters high located in the north of the island. Admiring it in all its majesty will make you feel really small.
    5. Anse Noire, is an inlet on the west coast of Martinique that offers one of the many natural and unspoiled beaches of the island. The peculiarity of this place is the dark, almost black sand, adorned with large palm trees and rich vegetation.
    6. Baie de Marigot, is the bay that extends in front of the main city of the island of Saint-Martin. This is the most touristic and best served area of ​​the French part of the island, and numerous ferries depart from the bay to connect with other Caribbean islands.
    7. Happy Bay Beach, a small beach in the north of the island of Saint-Martin, completely deserted and unspoiled. It is the typical Caribbean beach made of white sand and crystal clear sea, where you can enjoy long days of peace.

    What to do in the French Antilles: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in the French Antilles cost? Prices, offers and advice

    The costs and prices of the French Antilles have European standards, practically you will feel like you are in France! If you have visited France you already know that the cost of living is slightly high but the services offered are excellent, so in the Antilles it will not be much different. An example could be a dinner in a mid-range restaurant at the price of € 30,00 per person.
    As for a complete trip for a week in an all-inclusive tourist village, i.e. a flight + hotel package, the price is around € 1.800,00.

    • Hotel and resort starting from € 41,00 per room -
    • From € 527,13 -

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