There is hardly any other place where nature could be greener or the beaches more dreamy. Guadeloupe and Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic!) Are true wonders of vegetation and proof that greener than green is possible. It grows and blooms from every corner, numerous birds sing their songs in the trees and there is plenty of fruit – every market on the islands overshadows most of what has been known so far.
A tropical, colored piece of France
Musically, the islands also have their own direction. The ” Ka “, a hand drum from Africa, has proven itself to this day as THE instrument and you can hear the rhythmic sounds all over Guadeloupe. The drum is also an object of the island’s rich history and is a symbol of the abolition of slavery. If you don’t just want to linger on the dream beaches of the islands, you will find a large piece of history, lots of untouched nature and extremely friendly people here.
Travel information in brief
When is the best time to travel?
The weather in Dominica is very tropical. There is abundant rainfall all year round, especially in the interior of the island. The rainy season is from June to October, and hurricanes can also occur during this time. Heavy rains occur, especially in the mountainous inland regions. The annual average temperature is 27 ° C. Guadeloupe, on the other hand, has a subtropical climate that is tempered by the trade winds. The rainy season lasts from May to November, but cyclones also occur here frequently during this time. The slightly cooler dry season covers the months of November to April.
What currency do you pay with?
The currency of Dominica is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). You can get this in exchange for common currencies in hotels and most banks. However, some banks only change US dollars. The credit card (MasterCard, Visa) is widely used as a means of payment and you can also use it to withdraw money from the machine. Since Guadeloupe is part of France, the currency of Guadeloupe is the euro. So there is no need to change money here. With a VISA card you will have few problems paying. Most international credit cards, which you can also use to withdraw cash from the machine, are also accepted.
Which vaccinations do you need?
No vaccinations are required for travelers from Germany. When entering from yellow fever endemic areas, a yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for both island states. The Federal Foreign Office also recommends refreshing the standard vaccinations in accordance with the Robert Koch Institute. A vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended as a travel vaccination, and hepatitis B and typhoid fever for long-term stays. Remember to get all vaccinations in good time and consult your doctor.
How does the entry / visa work?
German nationals can enter the French overseas department of Guadeloupe with a valid passport or ID card without a visa. However, if the flight route includes a stopover outside of the Caribbean islands belonging to the French overseas territories (currently e.g. Condor from Martinique via Tobago), ID checks may be carried out there. In this case, a passport that is valid for at least 6 months is required. German citizens do not need a visa to enter Dominica for a stay of up to 90 days. You need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months to enter the country. Every traveler, including children, needs their own identification document.
Guadeloupe & Dominica – more than just a destination in the Caribbean
The Guadeloupe archipelago and the island of Dominica offer countless opportunities to experience unforgettable moments. With its offshore islands, Guadeloupe looks like a butterfly surrounded by 6 fireflies from a bird’s eye view. An arm of the sea, the “salty river” divides the island into two parts, the predominantly agricultural Grande-Terre with its white sandy beaches and the green paradise of Basse-Terre.
Dominica, on the other hand, is the most pristine Antilles island and the last Caribbean Indians have their habitat here. When it comes to paradisiacal beaches, the island lags a little behind its neighbor Guadeloupe, but it makes up for it with a fascinating underwater world that is among the best in the world and is one of the largest natural paradises in the entire Caribbean.