Guadeloupe travel is most popular during the winter months between December and April. This makes a trip to the France Antilles—which includes the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, and Saint Barthelemy—a perfect winter trip for tourists who crave a break from cold weather. Winter is generally the best time to go to Guadeloupe because the weather here is more temperate and mild, and there will be less rain and lower humidity.
Vacationers who are planning Guadeloupe travel during the peak tourist season will find the island busy and crowded with other travelers, particularly from France. Hotels may be fully booked, so if you plan to visit the France Antilles during this time, be sure to book ahead. Many popular restaurants will also require reservations during this time.
On the other hand, the tourist season is the best time to go to Guadeloupe if you're looking for all-inclusive packages, as Guadeloupe hotels and resorts create special promotional events for holidays such as Christmas, Carnival in January, and other festivals. While the island will likely be crowded, you can also be confident that you will experience few closures due to construction, renovation, or other maintenance activities. These are typically done in the off-season, when it will affect the fewest tourists.
The busy season is also the most beautiful time in the France Antilles. The skies are clear, the weather is mild, and you can relax on one of the white-sand beaches every day without the threat of a rainstorm. If you'd like to go hiking in the jungle or in the volcanic countryside of Basse Terre, this is the best time to do so, as temperatures and humidity levels will be more comfortable.
For tourists who prefer to avoid the crowds and don’t mind less-perfect weather, the best time to go to Guadeloupe may be in the rainy season between June and November. Travelers who book Guadeloupe travel during this time should be aware that violent hurricanes occur between July and November, which can often cause a great deal of damage to the island. If you choose to visit Guadeloupe during this time, check the weather forecast before heading out on any excursions, and be sure to take any appropriate precautions.
The off-season is the best time for budget traveling in Guadeloupe, as many hotels, resorts, and airlines offer steep discounts during the summer. You will be able to travel and stay in Guadeloupe at much lower prices than during the tourist season. Shopping and dining prices may also be discounted. You can also find special all-inclusive packages during the summer months as resorts attempt to fill their rooms at promotional prices. However, many hotels may be under construction and renovation, and with fewer tourists, there will also be fewer special events.
Some travelers may consider visiting Guadeloupe during the transition months between the tourist season and the stormy season. In May the weather is easing into the rainy season, but the hurricanes haven't started yet, and at the end of November the rains are petering out but the crowds have not yet arrived. There may be fewer crowds during these months.