Five cool stuff to do on New Year’s Eve

How about spending the last night of the year in the Guadeloupe Islands ?
Here are some tips to help you getting ready for this unique experience :

Rent a villa with your family and friends

If you prefer to have your private space, then we suggest that you rent a villa.
From Villa prestige to Villa Boubou, the Guadeloupe Islands offer a large selection of villas. Have glass of champagne in the pool and light up fireworks in the garden, the guarantee of an amazing time with your family and friends!

http://www.guadeloupe-islands.com/5-stars-hotels

Go to a club

Many nightclubs offer New Year’s Eve parties. Spend the last night of the year dancing to Caribbean music! Champagne and hors d’oeuvres are usually served all night! And if you get through the morning, you might even be treated with breakfast!

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http://www.guadeloupe-islands.com/nightlife

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“A Creole Christmas Carol” by Travel writer Nancy Lyon

Nancy Lyon was marked for adventure at 13 when her mother, a bored Indianapolis housewife, took the family station wagon and her four daughters off to Acapulco for the summer with no man, no plan, and no Spanish. Nancy has tried to top that rollicking rite of passage with travels from Tunisia to Malaysia, Ireland to Australia, a 1970 VW Westphalia “Dame Gitane” and various lives in Manhattan, San Francisco, Switzerland, Dublin, and now Montreal, Quebec. Her stories and photos have appeared in GEO, New York Magazine, Ms., The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, The Saturday Review, the Chicago Herald Tribune, the Miami Herald, In Dublin Magazine, the Montreal Gazette, and US alternative newsweeklies.

I’d promised myself an I-hate-Christmas getaway to a hot tropical island. No gaudy shopping malls. No merry muzak. No hysterical spending matches. No sad rehashings of Dysfunctional Christmas Pasts. But what’s this? Am I discovering that I actually like the holiday? At least the way they do it in Créole, in the French West Indies on Guadeloupe, one of the few Caribbean isles under-trammeled by tourists.

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While all of North America is rushing to the malls, the people of Guadeloupe are out singing. All over this lush, butterfly-shaped island south of the Tropic of Cancer, where Christmas is as humble as a string of colored lights in a palm-fringed village square, there are esctatic displays of communal faith in music and laughter.

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A day at Pointe des Chateaux

Grand-site-de-FranceMake no mistake ! There is no castle at la Pointe des Châteaux. This name comes from a community of Capucins who made this place its parish in 1963. At the tip of the island, a 9 tons and 33 feet high cross was erected. Pointe des Châteaux gained the label Grand Site de France®, which includes the most prestigious fragile, protected cultural landscape.

Take the Pointe des Châteaux road, and walk along some beautiful beaches such as La Coulée, Anse Champagne or La Douche.

bandeau257You will also come across many restaurants such as : « Le Colombo », « L’Iguane Café » or le « Man Michel ». Work your toes into the white sand, and enjoy this unique warm feeling! As soon as you get to the beach, Jordan, famous vendor at Pointe des Chateaux, will welcome you with coconuts leaf hats!

Take the path on the other side of the beach and climb up the hill to the cross! A 10-15 minutes hike to the top will allow you to access a breathtaking view! You will be able to see all of the 4 other islands of the archipelago: la Desirade, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and Basse-Terre! And if you are lucky enough, you might be able to see the whales who are crossing the coast during the month of May…

Pointe des Chateaux.

 

 

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