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Basse-Terre is a city of art and history, and it's overlooked by the “old lady” La Soufrière.

Basse-Terre, the capital of Guadeloupe, derives its name from its geographical location. The term comes from nautical vocabulary, referring to a land protected from the wind.

As a city of art and history, Basse-Terre is a perfect testament to Creole architecture, dating back to the arrival of the first settlers. If you're passionate about history and culture, pay a visit to the Notre Dame de Guadeloupe Cathedral (Our Lady of Guadeloupe), one of the oldest in the archipelago!

How to Collect Your Rental Vehicle in Basse-Terre?

The rental agency you've chosen can arrange delivery at your place of residence or at a customized meeting point. This delivery option is noted in the search results for your rental car.
Some agencies may prefer you to collect your rental in Saint-Claude to finalize the rental contract directly within the agency.

What to Do in Basse-Terre

For Nature Lovers:

In the heart of the National Park in Guadeloupe, the renowned Soufrière volcano towers over the landscape. This natural site, one of the most beautiful in Guadeloupe and the highest point in the Lesser Antilles at 1467 meters, provides a stunning hike. The trail starts from the car park of the Yellow Baths at a height of 950 meters and allows you to reach the Soufrière's summit in about 2 hours. The path is remarkable, particularly along the Chemin des Dames, which, weather permitting, offers stunning views of Basse-Terre's shores and the Caribbean Sea. You'll be delighted by the exquisite, colorful vegetation that changes as you ascend and can be admired throughout the hike.

After all that walking, consider a relaxing break at the Yellow Baths (Bains Jaunes). Situated in the heart of the tropical forest near the car park, these warm sulfur springs, sourced from the volcano, create a natural spa cherished by both locals and tourists.

Described by Christopher Columbus as a “very large spring carrying water all over the mountain”, the Carbet waterfalls never fail to impress with their beauty and the grandeur of the surrounding landscape. These three waterfalls, nestled in the heart of the tropical forest within Guadeloupe's National Park, are the most awe-inspiring in the Lesser Antilles and offer a mesmerizing spectacle for nature lovers.

City Sights:

Fort Delgrès, constructed during the 17th and 18th centuries, has had its name and occupants change several times. Since 1989, it’s been named after a famous historical figure known for his anti-slavery proclamation. This structure symbolizes Guadeloupe's resistance against the return of slavery in 1802. Its thick stone walls majestically overlook the sea and provide a spectacular view of the town and the Caribbean mountains.

Not far from there, you can visit the Notre-Dame-de-Guadeloupe Cathedral, built in the 18th century. The cathedral boasts a beautiful facade of dressed volcanic stone in the Jesuit Baroque style.

After a stroll through Place du Champ d’Arbaud, discover the lovely Basse-Terre seafront and its renowned indoor market. This bustling hub offers an abundance of fruits, vegetables, spices, punches, “rhum arrangé”, and many local products. The market is open from Monday to Saturday morning and is always filled with a lively and friendly atmosphere! If you're a rum enthusiast, make sure to visit the Bologne Distillery, which produces a famous agricultural rum (rhum agricole). Located at the town's northern exit, the distillery offers guided tours and rum tastings at the conclusion of your visit.

To learn more about the places to visit and things to do in Saint-Claude, visit our interactive Guadeloupe map.

FAQ Car Rental Guadeloupe

All car rental agencies in Guadeloupe (except perhaps peer-to-peer rentals) include unlimited mileage on the island.

Guadeloupe experiences very high seasonality: from December to April, many French or American tourists visit the island to enjoy the warmth of the Caribbean. This is when prices are highest, and it is not uncommon for no cars to be available for rent during the peak season. It is highly recommended to book as early as possible to avoid such disappointment.
The Rentîles website brings together about fifty rental agencies on the island and displays the best prices according to the providers. Rentîles very (very) regularly displays the best prices on the island: in just three clicks, it will be easy to obtain the cheapest rate still available.

Rentîles' rental engine assigns a rating out of 5 to each rental agency. This rating is the average of the scores left by previous renters. Therefore, it is possible to compare rental offers not only by price but also according to their rating.
The "Our recommendation" button calculates the best value for money and thus recommends the provider with the best ratings for a competitive price.

All travel guides will tell you: renting a car in Guadeloupe is essential to fully enjoy your stay. On foot, it will be difficult to get around on an island of 1400 km2 (540 square miles), taxis are relatively expensive, and public transportation is almost non-existent.

The required documents are the same as in mainland France: a valid driver's license (a photocopy is rarely accepted) and a credit card for the security deposit. Be sure to check the minimum age and years of driving experience required in the "Details" tab of each offer.

The roads in Guadeloupe are often hilly, and the slopes can be quite steep. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid category A vehicles (such as Renault Twingo, Kia Picanto, Peugeot 108, etc.) which may not have a powerful enough engine to handle the terrain. Additionally, if you have more than two people in your group, keep in mind that you will need to transport luggage upon arrival and departure. Choosing a vehicle with a spacious trunk is advised.

Few rental companies currently offer electric vehicles in Guadeloupe, and for good reason: not all accommodations are equipped with charging stations, and there are currently only a few fast-charging stations available in parking lots or at gas stations. Therefore, it is not recommended to rent an electric vehicle in Guadeloupe at this time due to limited charging infrastructure.

The deductible is the maximum amount to be paid in the event of an at-fault accident or an accident without an identified third party. This amount is specified in the details of each offer. In practice, if you scratch the car and the repair costs only a hundred euros, then you will have to pay the rental company this amount. However, if you are involved in a more severe accident resulting in significant damage, the repair costs will be limited to the deductible amount (usually around 1000€) as long as you comply with the road code and the rental company's terms and conditions.
To avoid any inconvenience or unexpected expenses, you have the option to subscribe to our "deductible reimbursement" insurance. This way, you can be reimbursed for the deductible amount and ensure that an unfortunate accident does not spoil your vacation..

Whether you fill up at the airport gas station or in the countryside, the price will be the same. It is identical throughout the island and is set by a Prefectoral Decree. Additionally, in Guadeloupe, an attendant is available to assist you at the gas station. Simply wait in front of the pump, and they will serve you.