Living in Guadeloupe guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Guadeloupe.

About Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is bearing a charming mix of the Caribbean and Creole culture. However, expats who don't speak a word of French will experience difficulties even to get by, as knowledge of English is very limited among the population. Another challenge for expats might be the transportation system, which is unreliable. Thus, for long-term residents and expats with families, renting a car might be the most convenient option. Guadeloupe's local currency is the euro, and there are many ATMs around, but card payments are also common.

The weather in Guadeloupe is hot and humid all year round between 20°C and 30°C, and the nature in the islands varies ' Basse Terre is covered in tropical vegetation and has a volcanic mountain, whereas Grande Terre is mostly known for its beautiful, sandy beaches. Expats in Guadeloupe should expect quiet days, luscious landscapes, and tranquil waters.

Tourism in Guadeloupe accounts for 80% of the GDP, and expats who are considering to look for employment in this sector should have a good level of French. However, Guadeloupe remains a heavily agricultural country too ' bananas, eggplant, noni, sapotilla, paroka, pikinga, giraumon squash, yam, gourd, plantain, christophine, prunecafé, cocoa, jackfruit, pomegranate are only some of the crops which grow in Guadeloupe.

Quick Information

Official Languages : French
Currency : Euro
Area : 1780 Km2
Population : 443000
Calling Code : +590
Timezone : America/Guadeloupe

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