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GUADELOUPE / Getting Around

Car Rentals

Since Guadeloupe is a large island with many interesting places to visit, renting a car is probably the best way to go. Vehicle rentals can be arranged in advance by calling the toll-free numbers of the large, international companies, most of which operate from the airport in Guadeloupe. There are also many local car rental companies operating from the airport and other locations on the island. Most larger hotels offer car rental services to their clients as well.

Roads are generally good on Guadeloupe and vehicles drive on the right. Drivers are skillful but, as in most of the world, everyone seems to be in a hurry and tailgating is common. When entering roundabouts (traffic circles), always yield to others and stay to the right until you see your exit. If you have a specific appointment, always allow extra time for slow moving trucks or groups of bicyclists (cycling is a major sport on the island), since many roads are only two lanes . Traffic rules and signage are the same as in France. For stays of 20 days or less, a valid driver's license is needed. For longer stays, an international driver's permit is necessary.

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Taxi and Bus Transportation

Taxis are generally available at the airport when flights are due. Check with the driver for the fare before entering the cab. Fares are 40% higher from 21:00 in the evening to 7:00 in the morning, daily, Sundays and holidays.

There is regular bus service throughout the island; buses arrive at most areas approximately every 15 minutes. Buses run from 5:00 until 18:00. There are bus-stop signs and shelters but a wave to the driver from the roadside will usually get you aboard. The bus is inexpensive and can be fun, but might be time consuming because of all the stops.

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On 2 Wheels

Bicycles, scooters and motorbikes are also an option, but given the unfamiliar terrain and the volume of traffic in Guadeloupe, 2 wheel rentals are recommended only for the most experienced riders. All foreign driver's licenses are honored. Major credit cards are accepted.

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