AMERICAN AIRLINES LAUNCHES WEEKLY FLIGHT FROM MIAMI TO THE POINTE-A-PITRE THIS SPRING

The Island of Guadeloupe – Grande Terre, Basse Terre, Marie Galante, Les Saintes (Terre de Haut and Terre de Bas), la Désirade, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy – welcome you to the Caribbean!

Starting April 6, 2013, AMERICAN AIRLINES will operate a weekly non-stop flight to POINTE-A-PITRE (PTP) from Miami, gp_map2announces the GUADELOUPE ISLANDS TOURIST BOARD.

The weekly flight (AA512) from Miami will leave at 11:15 am and arrives in Guadeloupe at 2:25 pm. The return flight (AA1773) to Miami will leave Guadeloupe at 3:30 pm and arrive in Miami at 7:05 pm.

The late morning departure is designed to enable passengers to benefit from easy connections from around the US, arriving in the GUADELOUPE ISLANDS in the afternoon. American Airlines will fly a Boeing 737 aircraft, offering the comfort of 16 business class and 134 economy class seats.

This so French, undeniably Caribbean archipelago is the Caribbean’s best kept secret and a destination that has it all: rain forests, waterfalls, crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, charming villages, exquisite cuisine, and French culture.

Like a gargantuan butterfly that has landed between ANTIGUA and DOMINICA, Guadeloupe is primarily made up of two main islands connected by a narrow channel. The left “wing” is called the GRANDE-TERRE, and the right “wing” is the BASSE-TERRE. Guadeloupe also includes smaller surrounding islands: MARIE-GALANTE, LA DESIRADE and LES SAINTES. The very efficient inter-island connection network makes the GUADELOUPE ARCHIPELAGO a premier island-hopping destination, as all the islands are located within a mere 20-45 minute boat ride.

Beach on Le Grande Terre, Guadeloupe

Beach on Le Grande Terre, Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe (an integral part of France, as are the other overseas departments) is a Caribbean island located in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometers (629 sq. mi) and a population of 400,000.

French Creole Food

French Creole Food

Don’t miss the spectacular waterfalls in the jungle of Basse-Terre. Some are within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the nearest parking, while others may require at least 3-4 hours of hiking and are, of course less frequented by other tourists. If solitude is your thing, you might find yourself alone at a spectacular waterfall in the middle of nowhere – an amazing experience.

The local rum distilleries offer tours, so check for opening times as they may vary from season to season. These tours are certainly worthwhile since rum production is a very integral part of Guadeloupe’s economy. And sampling the local rums is definitely worth the while.

View from Marie-Galante beach on the Guadeloupe Islands.  (PRNewsFoto/Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board)

View from Marie-Galante beach on the Guadeloupe Islands. (PRNewsFoto/Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board)

La Caravelle Beach, Guadeloupe

La Caravelle Beach, Guadeloupe

Even though they might not be the best way to get around the island, a ride on the bus is still an experience you should not miss. Cheap, full of locals, conducted by fearless drivers, you can enjoy the beautiful Caribbean panorama to the sound of GUADELOUPEAN ZOUK MUSIC. Some routes are not good for passengers with weak stomachs. Scuba diving and snorkeling are recommended, as there is an amazing assortment of tropical fish, even in water less than one meter deep. For those who can’t swim, glass bottomed boat trips are yet another option to enjoy the water wonderland beyond the shore.

Small Island in Guadeloupe

Small Island in Guadeloupe

There are many festivals to attend to in Guadeloupe. In Guadeloupe they call them “parties on the street”. And use colorful ribbons tied around their wrists to resemble the colors of all the nations. Their parties usually last all through the night until the early morning.

Since greenery is a big part of Guadeloupeans’ national pride, ecotourism has been a key aspect to the development of the destination.guadeloupe-flag Active Fauna and Flora protection programs have been implemented for the past 30 years resulting in an entirely preserved environment today.

French imports make dining on the Islands a true delight. The destination boasts over 200 restaurants, some of which are located on porches of local homes, serving everything from Ti ‘Punch to local Creole creations such as stuffed land crabs, stewed conch and curry dishes.

The Guadeloupe Islands are perfect for any type of adventure. From exploring the lush scenery to hiking up the summit of LA SOUFRIERE VOLCANO to canoeing on the hidden rivers in the National Park, Guadeloupe really has something for everyone. Go kayaking down the COUSTEAU RESERVE, or delve into a culinary adventure by trying “Nouvelle Cuisine Creole,” the perfect combination of French Savoir Faire and Caribbean flavors.

For more information on the Caribbean’s best kept secret visit www.guadeloupe-islands.com