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What city?

Clearwater
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What city?

What city is best...we want to be away from the city but close enough to enjoy the nightlife and close to the beach. We are planning on renting a bungalow but need to pick a city first.

Thanks!

SZ
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1. Re: What city?

I would pick Ste. Anne for the beach and bungalow. You'll be about 20 minutes away from St. Francois for nightlife in one direction and 30 minutes away in the other from Gosier and Bas du Fort.

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2. Re: What city?

I would avoid long driving at night because street lighting is poor and sudden downpours are common. St Francois is probably best but you are then on extreme end of the island and everything else is a long drive. The casino at St Francois, does offer some limited night life. St Anne is mainly the Club Med crowd. The marina at Bas du Fort always has a huge selection of restaurants and the hotel row at Gosier has a casino and numerous hotels to visit.

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3. Re: What city?

I would avoid Guadeloupe entirely. There is little to do in terms of nightlife, and there are far better Caribbean islands in terms of comfort and service as well.

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4. Re: What city?

Well we are all set for Guadeloupe...thanks for the comments.

I will let you know how it goes...and if Guadeloupe is worth a trip or not.

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5. Re: What city?

If you do decide on Ste. Anne I would recommend a bungalow at Le Verger de Ste. Anne where we stayed 5 years ago. Those looked nicer than most bungalows that we saw elsewhere and the owner and her son were very friendly and helpful. The compound sits on a hill overlooking the town and is a 15 minute walk to the beach. The municipal beach is lovely but if you want one less crowded there is also another by Club Med as well as others outside of the town. Ste. Anne is a little shabby but still a charming town but you definitely need to go elsewhere for nightlife.

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6. Re: What city?

Guadeloupe is great, much to see and do. Sainte Anne is a good bet if you are going to stay in one place, which is exactly what we did our first trip. But on our subsequent trips we have spent a few days in Sainte Anne, another few at Malendure or Deshaies and then a few more on Les Saintes. Les Saintes is definitely worth the trip, but is best to have a few nights there. In fact now we spend most of our time on Les Saintes. Have a great time.

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7. Re: What city?

We are back...we ended up staying on Basse Terre in Pigeon instead of Grande Terre. We hiked, went to the beach everyday, kayaked, snorkled and of course shopped. The beaches on Basse Terre are mostly black sand beaches because of the volcano ashes. VERY COOL! The beaches on Grande Terre (in Ste. Anne) are very nice...they are white sand beaches. All the beaches on both islands are so blue...much like all the islands in the caribbean. We also took a mini trip to Les Saintes. Which was nice...the day we went it was rainy and windy. It would be very hard for an english speaker to get around. We rented a bungalow which is the only way to do it! Much cheaper than renting a hotel room esp since we stayed 9 days. The food was great...creole! We brought home 7 bottles of rum! Which is their major export...also spices (which we bought 40 euros worth!!!). The photos are awesome, we are so glad we choose Guadelope...we will def go back.