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Guadeloupe

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MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

    All couples who are willing to get married in the Guadeloupe Islands should be civilly married in their country of residence first and able to present a marriage certificate. No legal wedding can be planned unless the couple has been living on the archipelago for at least 3 months.

 

Among the documents required for a legal wedding between non-residents are: a valid passport; an official birth certificate (not a photocopy) issued by a government agency (not a hospital); a certificate of single status (if previously married include a certified copy of final divorce decree or death certificate); and proof of residency for 40 days in the community where the marriage will be performed.

 

Marriage officiants and ministers are available in the language of your choice to perform the ceremony.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Documents required for travelling to this destination (it is important to note that the requirements need to be general since they may differ for citizens of different countries. Or, we will need all requirements for every country (within reason)

For US Citizens a valid passport is sufficient. For citizens from the European Union, the European Economic Area, Andorra, Monaco, and Switzerland, visas are not required, and an identity card is sufficient. You do however need a passport if you wish to visit other Caribbean islands. For nationals from other countries, and only for stays of three months or less, an ordinary valid passport is sufficient.

 For non-us citizens please check the website of the French Consulate if you need a visa or not

CURRENCY

Euro

LANGUAGE

French and Antillean Creole

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Guadeloupe has a tropical climate tempered by maritime influences and the Trade Winds. The temperature varies between 77 and 82 °F (25 and 28 °C). It has two seasons: the dry season from January to June and a wet season (winter) from July to December.

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Guadeloupe is an island of the Caribbean, located in the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, with a land area of 629 square miles (1,628 square km). It is formed by 2 main islands, Basse-Terre to the west and Grande-Terre to the east (separated by a sea channel called Salt River, they are often referred to as a single island) and the smaller islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade and Îles des Saintes.

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The beaches in Guadeloupe have different shades of sand: golden, white, black and even pink, with blue or Emerald Ocean. They range from big and family-oriented to secluded nudist-friendly. Anse Tillet is beautiful and cozy, located between lush vegetation and a magnificent cliff, facing the Kahouane islet. Datcha Beach is very popular and lively. Gosier Islet is an inhabited islet tha can visit by sea shuttle. Caret Islet is a white sand islet surrounded by transparent turquoise waters. Pointe-à-Pitre is a little paradise just crossing the amazing mangrove swamp by boat. Massacre beach is at the North of Saint Louis, with pristine white Sand, perfect for snorkeling. Pain De Sucre Beach possesses with fine sand and emerald waters; it was named after Rio de Janeiro and is the most romantic beach in Les Saintes.

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The Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (IATA: PTP) is an international airport serving on the island of Grande-Terre.

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Guadeloupe have many shops and markets, where you can find imported brands or local items like jewels, sarongs, spices, clothes, rum, chocolate. The colorful tiled Madras fabric is very representative of the island. The local made rum is also distinctive. If you want to visit the malls, Destreland is the largest in Grande-Terre, with more than 180 stores and restaurants. Another option is Milenis which is a few minutes from the airport. Galerie de Houelbourg is a small shopping center located also in Grande- Terre, where you will find from ethnic jewels) to luxury clothing and other merchandises. The Bas du Fort Village is a small mall next to La Marina and Fort Fleur d’Epée. Other shopping option is Center Saint-John Perse, the boutiques and jewelry shops of Frébault, Nozières and Schoelcher Streets.

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Guadeloupe local drink is white rum and its signature drink is the "'Ti Punch" (rum, lime, and sugar cane/brown sugar). Guadeloupe have several festivals, with parades and "parties on the street", which are colorful and last all night until the morning. The annual Carnival features Creole music and folk dances, such as the beguine (a rumbalike ballroom dance). Guadeloupe nightclubs in hotels or in the city and more relaxed jazz bars. Nightlife is more focused in the towns of Gosier, Bas-du-Fort and St. François, along with Le Moule, and in Gourbeyre, on the Basse-Terre side of the island. There are two casinos on Guadeloupe, one in Gosier and the other in St. François.

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With more than 200 restaurants, the Islands of Guadeloupe offer an exquisite cuisine, sharing culinary similarities but also having a particular characteristic; Grande-Terre is known for its sophisticated restaurants, Basse-Terre has amazing Creole dishes, La Désirade’s specialties are fresh seafood like mahi-mahi, and lobster, Marie-Galante, organic products, and Les Saintes is renowned for its desserts as the sweet coconut custard called Tourment d’Amour or the Sorbet coco. The dishes are a product of the French, African, Indian and Caribbean influences. One of the Guadeloupe’s traditional plates is Colombo, imported from India, made of chicken, rice, and curry. Kassav’ is a manioc pancake prepared plain or with a salty or sweet stuffing (as guava jam). Bokit is a deep-fried bread (similar to naan) stuffed with meat, vegetable or fish. Guadeloupe is also one of the oldest coffee growing regions in America. The variety of Arabica Typica has remained pure with no mixing with others.

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The natural diversity of Guadeloupe makes it a perfect place of outdoors activities as fishing, swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. The marvelous variety of tropical fish and ocean views are always appreciated. If you do not swim, you can take a trip in a glass bottomed boat to watch the wonders. Canyoneering is another way of exploring the tropical rain forest, rivers and waterfalls. For an aerial view of the Islands from all angles, fly over onboard an Ultra Light! Guadeloupe is also a perfect place for deep-sea fishing. If you visit the islands in May join the Land Rover Deep-sea Fishing Festival at the Marina of Saint-François. The Islands receive a large range of swaves thanks to the Northern Atlantic depressions and the Trade Winds, making them a unique surf and kitesurf destination.

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Decidedly French! Undeniably Caribbean! Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, the main islands, look like the wings of a butterfly (getting the nickname of ) and are joined together by bridges Grande-Terre has a string of beach towns while Mountainous Basse-Terre, is home to the wonderful Parc National de la Guadeloupe, which is crowned by the spectacular La Soufrière volcano. Part of the beauty of these islands is the richness of the Creole culture. This archipelago is pure pleasure for all the senses.

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