Guadeloupe consists of two main islands (connected by a bridge) and about a dozen smaller ones. This island group in the French Caribbean often flies under the radar, especially for travellers from North America (the Canadian province of Quebec excepted).

But given its relatively low profile, Guadeloupe has a lot to offer travellers. The eastern of the two island (Grande-Terre) has a string of attractive little seaside towns and impressive beaches. Basse-Terre to the west appeals to nature lovers and eco-tourists. It’s home to the lush Parc National de la Guadeloupe and La Soufrière volcano. Creative Creole cooking and the local rhum agricole are two more excellent reasons to visit.

Photo: The small waterside town of Deshaies on Basse-Terre has become famous as the home of the Honoré Police Department on the fictional island of St. Marie in the popular BBC show Death in Paradise.

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