- Guadeloupe Family holidays
Family holidays to Guadeloupe can be made more exciting just by telling your kids the origin of its name, which derives from Arabic and Latin - the original words 'wadi lupe' meant 'Valley of the Wolf', which is a great name for the island of two halves in the Lesser Antilles. Although there are two distinct parts to it, Guadeloupe is generally treated as a single island, and is connected by bridges so it is easy enough to pass from one part to the other when you need to.
Halves of the whole
The two main parts of Guadeloupe are Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, but you usually won't notice much of a difference regardless of which half you are on. There are several other smaller land masses that belong to Guadeloupe in the surrounding sea too, but you're unlikely to need to visit any of those on a typical family package holiday in Guadeloupe, so overall navigating the island - or islands, to be precise about it - should be no cause for concern.
A distant neighbour
It's about 4,000 miles from mainland Europe to the Lesser Antilles, and yet Guadeloupe is very much a close neighbour of the UK. The reason for this is that it is a French territory, and these - no matter how far from mainland France - are treated as integral parts of the country. The currency used on the island is the euro, just as in the Eurozone in continental Europe, and it is even technically a part of the EU, which is good news for British holidaymakers who can benefit from much of the EU's usual relaxation of travel restrictions when flying out to family holidays in Guadeloupe.
With year-round temperatures of about 30°C, family holidays to Guadeloupe offer a different kind of winter wonderland than you might be used to. Far from being a snowy landscape, the island is actually at its driest throughout the winter months, from January to March. It hardly gets 'wet' at any other time of year either, so there's no bad time to book your trip, but if you want the absolute best of Guadeloupe's weather, the first quarter of the calendar year is it, at a time when many people in the UK are bemoaning the late sunrises and early sunsets.
Why Guadeloupe is so great for families
Turquoise bays, white sandy beaches and palm fringed shores. Sound good? That's exactly what you get on Guadeloupe family holidays. This small island group in the south Caribbean might not be the obvious family holiday destination but that's what makes it so special. This could be an experience never to forget, watching the kids play safely in the calm waters or even taking a boat out to explore the coast. These are memories you will cherish forever. It's all waiting for you in Guadeloupe.