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The islands of Guadeloupe are made up of five islands: Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre (which are joined by a narrow strip of land), La Desirade to the east and Les Saintes and Marie-Galante to the south. The islands cover an area of 1,434 square km. The largest island of Basse-Terre has a volcanic mountainous interior and it's adjoining neighbour of Grande Terre is flatter with a number of tourist beaches.

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It is within the Caribbean Leeward island chain and positioned half way between Antigua (due north) and Dominica (due south). Another close neighbour is Montserrat (to the north west).

The local languages spoken are French and a native French Creole. English is rarely spoken and most visitors come from France. Average daily temperatures in January are 28'C (82'F) and the popular tourist season runs from early December until the end of May when rainfall is low and the temperatures are the most comfortable.

The Le Raizet Airport is just a few miles north of Pointe-a-Pitre on Grande-Terre and international flights operate to and from Paris, Miami and Montreal. Local inter-island flights operate to and from Saint Barthelemy, Fort-de-France in Martinique, Ceyenne in French Guiana, Antigua and Sint Maarten.
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