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Guadeloupe in April

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April in Guadeloupe is a great plan, and it's no April Fool's joke.

You can go there with your eyes closed! April is indeed one of the best times to visit Guadeloupe.

The peak tourist season is coming to an end, which means you can benefit from attractive rates for renting a car, vacation accommodation, as well as for outings and activities. It's also the perfect time to fully enjoy the beaches and tourist sites, which will be less crowded. In April, Guadeloupe is in the midst of the dry season, much to the delight of tourists: hot and sunny days are on the agenda.

Moreover, many interesting events are scheduled in April in Guadeloupe. There's no shortage of things to see and do: we'll tell you all about it!

What are the must-see events in April in Guadeloupe?

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Guadarun: more than a race, an idyllic journey for all amateur or seasoned athletes. It is possible to do the race in hiking mode. Each participant is a finisher and rewarded.

🏃‍♀️​ Late March - Early April: Guadarun, the islands' marathon

The event

Created in 1987, the Guadarun is an international marathon held every year in April in Guadeloupe. It attracts runners from around the world and offers several races: marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, and 5 km. Are you a professional or amateur athlete? This flagship event alone is an excellent reason to come to Guadeloupe during the month of April.

Why go?

The Guadarun is a major sporting event that allows participants to challenge themselves while discovering the beauty of Guadeloupe's landscapes. The course crosses the islands of Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, offering breathtaking views of the sea, mountains, and rainforest.

What to do on site and around?

The start and finish of the marathon are located in Le Gosier. The route then crosses several municipalities of Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. In addition to the race, participants can enjoy the many beaches of Guadeloupe, go hiking, visit museums, and discover the local culture.

🐟​ Early April: Sea and Fish Festival in Saint-François

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If you love seafood delights, head to Guadeloupe in May to Saint-François.

The event

This traditional festival takes place in April in Guadeloupe, for over 30 years. It celebrates the products of the sea and the culinary traditions of the municipality of Saint-François.

Why go?

The Sea and Fish Festival is a unique opportunity to discover Guadeloupean gastronomy. You can taste fresh fish, lobsters, crabs, and many other seafood products. Many activities are also planned: concerts, dance performances, culinary workshops, etc.

It's ideal for immersing yourself in Guadeloupean folklore, flavors, and traditions in April.

What to do on site and around?

The festival takes place at the port of Saint-François. Located on the south coast of Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe, Saint-François is a peaceful and dynamic municipality that attracts many tourists every year. The city is known for its fine sandy beaches, turquoise waters, marina, and numerous water activities. You can enjoy the beach of Saint-François, visit the Marine Museum, and go hiking in the Saint-François forest.

🐐 Goat Festival, on the island of La Désirade

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On land, discover goat in all its forms; it's the star of April on La Désirade island.

The event

This festival originated in the Guadeloupean archipelago in the 1980s to celebrate goat farming, an important tradition on the island of La Désirade. It is celebrated every year in April.

Why go?

In culinary terms, the Goat Festival is the land counterpart of the Sea and Fish Festival of Saint-François. It's also a unique opportunity to discover the culture and traditions of La Désirade. You can taste dishes made with goat, attend culinary skill demonstrations, and participate in musical entertainment.

What to do on site and around?

La Désirade is a small island located east of Grande-Terre, in Guadeloupe. It is part of the Guadeloupean archipelago and is often considered a preserved haven of peace, away from the hustle and bustle of more developed tourist areas.

La Désirade is renowned for its natural beauty and preserved landscapes. The island offers pristine beaches lined with coconut trees, steep cliffs, secluded coves, and lush vegetation. The Petite-Terre Nature Reserve, located nearby, is home to rich fauna and flora, including species of seabirds and iguanas.

The Goat Festival takes place in Grande-Anse, in the municipality of La Désirade. So you can enjoy the beaches of La Désirade, go hiking, and visit the Heritage and Traditions Museum.

✍️ The International Congress of Caribbean Writers

The event

Literature enthusiasts, this is the event not to be missed in April! Created in 1981, this congress brings together Caribbean writers and others every year to discuss literature and culture. The International Congress of Caribbean Writers is an important event for the Caribbean literary community. It allows discovering new talents, attending conferences and workshops, and meeting renowned writers.

What to do on site and around?

The venue for the congress changes every year. In 2024, it will be held in Guadeloupe.

​💐 Late April: Artiflore, the tropical flower weekend in Trois-Rivières

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Fascinating and seductive, the tropical flowers of Guadeloupe await you in April.

The event

Created in 2002, Artiflore is a festival dedicated to tropical flowers. It takes place in April in Guadeloupe and includes exhibitions, workshops, entertainment, and floral demonstrations. Artiflore, the tropical flower weekend, is a unique event that allows you to discover the beauty and diversity of local and regional flora. You can admire spectacular floral arrangements, learn to create your own bouquets, and participate in gardening workshops.

What to do on site and around?

Trois-Rivières is a municipality located on the south coast of Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe. The city is known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and magnificent natural landscapes. The downtown area of Trois-Rivières is like an open-air museum!

You can admire many old buildings, such as the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church, the city museum, and Fort Fleur d'Épée.

Trois-Rivières also has several fine sandy beaches, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun. The most popular beaches are Grande-Anse Beach, Cemetery Beach, and Anse à l'Eau Beach.

Public Holidays and School Vacations in April in Guadeloupe

Easter Monday: April 1, 2024

📅 April School Vacations

In Mainland France

  • Zone A: April 13th to April 29th, 2024

  • Zone B: April 20th to May 6th, 2024

  • Zone C: April 6th to April 22nd, 2024

In Guadeloupe

Easter Vacation: March 28th to April 15th, 2024

Is the Weather Nice in Guadeloupe in April?

Yes, it's beautiful in Guadeloupe in April. It's one of the best months to visit the island!

🌤️ Guadeloupe Weather in April

In April, Guadeloupe is in the middle of the dry season. You can enjoy sunny days and warm temperatures.

🌧️ Does it Rain in April in Guadeloupe?

It may rain in April in Guadeloupe, but the rains are generally short and infrequent. The average precipitation in April is about 80 mm.

🌡️ Average Temperatures in April in Guadeloupe

The average temperatures in April in Guadeloupe are 27°C during the day and 22°C at night.

🌊 Sea Water Temperatures in April in Guadeloupe

The sea water temperature is around 28°C.

Highlights: Top 7 Wonders to Visit in Guadeloupe

In Guadeloupe, there are so many things to see and do all year round! In addition to the events held in April, you can visit many natural, cultural, and heritage sites in Guadeloupe. Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, you'll surely find something to your liking.

Because we know Guadeloupe like the back of our hand, we've listed below our 7 favorite places, among the most popular. These are must-sees during your stay.

🏖️​ Grande-Anse Beach in Deshaies

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Here's a beach that deserves a place on your Instagram feed!

Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Guadeloupe, it offers fine sand and turquoise water as far as the eye can see.

🏞️ Guadeloupe National Park

A true haven of peace for nature lovers. You can go hiking, observe the flora and fauna, and discover the Carbet Falls.

​🏯 Schoelcher Museum in Pointe-à-Pitre

This museum traces the history of Guadeloupe.

🥃 Damoiseau Distillery

One of the oldest distilleries in Guadeloupe. You can discover the rum production process and taste the different products.

🛤️ La Soufrière

An active volcano that rises to 1,467 meters above sea level. You can hike to the summit and admire the breathtaking view of the island.

🏰​ Pointe des Châteaux

A wild peninsula located at the eastern tip of Grande-Terre. You can admire the steep cliffs, the blowholes, and the view of the Atlantic Ocean.

​⛺ Deshaies Botanical Garden

A lush garden that houses a wide variety of tropical plants. You can discover flowers, trees, and shrubs from around the world.

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables in April in Guadeloupe

In April, enjoy the local flavors by tasting the seasonal fruits and vegetables, much more flavorful as they ripen locally. Here is a non-exhaustive list of seasonal fruits and vegetables in April in Guadeloupe.

🥑 Seasonal Fruits in April in Guadeloupe

  • Pineapple: The king of tropical fruits, pineapple reaches its peak in April. Its sweet and tangy taste makes it a delight to enjoy fresh or incorporated into fruit salads or exotic dishes.

  • Avocado: Creamy and rich in healthy fats, avocados are abundant in April in Guadeloupe. Delicious on toast, in salads, or as guacamole, they are an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients.

  • Soursop: Soursops are exotic fruits with a unique, slightly acidic and refreshing flavor. They are perfect for fresh juices or homemade sorbets.

  • Guavas: These small aromatic fruits are delicious in April. Their sweet pink flesh is ideal for jams, juices, or simply to enjoy as is for a burst of tropical flavors.Papaya: Delightfully sweet and fragrant, papaya is an essential tropical fruit in Guadeloupe in April. Its orange and melting flesh is rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

  • Acerola Cherry: Also known as Barbados cherry, acerola is a small bright red berry, extremely rich in vitamin C. In April, acerola cherries are abundant in Guadeloupe.

🥔​​ Vegetables in April in Guadeloupe

  • Sweet Potatoes: They lend themselves to a multitude of preparations, from savory dishes to sweet desserts.

  • Chayotes: Also known as chayotes, chayotes are popular vegetables in Guadeloupe in April. Their crunchy texture and mild flavor make them a versatile ingredient for salads, gratins, or stir-fries.

  • Yams: These starchy tubers are widely cultivated in Guadeloupe and available all year round, but they are particularly delicious in April. Their sweet and tasty flesh is perfect for purees, soups, or stews.

  • Calabaza Squash: A local variety of pumpkin, calabaza is a versatile and delicious vegetable available in abundance in April. With its sweet flesh and creamy texture, calabaza is often used in soups, purees, or can simply be steamed.

  • Plantain Banana: A symbol of Caribbean cuisine, plantain banana is widely grown in Guadeloupe and available all year round, but it is particularly delicious in April. This starchy vegetable can be prepared in many ways: fried, boiled, baked, or grilled. Its sweet flavor and melting texture make it a perfect accompaniment for many local dishes.

Guadeloupe: What to Pack in April?

When traveling to Guadeloupe in April, don't forget to pack the following essentials in your luggage:

  • - Sunglasses to protect your eyes from intense UV rays.

  • - Reef-safe sunscreen to protect your skin and the marine ecosystem.

  • - A hat to shield yourself from the sun.

  • - Hiking shoes to explore the island's trails.

  • - Insect repellent to protect yourself from bugs.

How to Dress in April in Guadeloupe?

In April in Guadeloupe, it's advisable to dress in light and comfortable clothing. Pack T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and dresses. It's also recommended to bring a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.

Need a Vehicle to Explore Guadeloupe in April?

You can count on us! With a wide selection, new and clean vehicles, and professionalism, we are ready to welcome you.

🚗♻️ Remember to drive responsibly and consider carpooling.

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