Exotic Scenery, Baroque Architecture and a City that Can Withstand Whatever Comes Its Way
The largest city of Guadeloupe that also serves as an economic center for the entire region is the perfect holiday destination not only for visitors interested in Caribbean history and culture, but also for those who want to explore the unique natural beauties of the Eastern Caribbean.
The area where Point-A-Pitre is located now used to be a huge swamp. Having recognized the strategic importance of the area, the French tried to establish a settlement here between 1713 and 1730, but were not successful, Point-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe being founded only in the 1750’s by the British. Guadeloupe was returned to France in 1763 and the city has been flourishing ever since, despite the natural disasters and epidemics it was hit by in the 19th century.
The city amazes the visitor with its well-preserved buildings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and its beautiful parks, such as Place de la Victoire, Saint-Antoine market or La Darse, the main road in the inner harbor. The city also has some picturesque beaches where visitors can sunbathe, snorkel or dive, and it also boasts one of the best French aquariums to showcase the extraordinary, rich, colorful and exotic marine life of the area.