While spending a whole month in Guadeloupe, we were working, chilling and sightseeing. Since public transport on the island is kind of complicated, we were not able to go everywhere by bus. And we were still too shy (and evidently silly) for hitchhiking. That’s why we decided to use a car rental in Guadeloupe.

Since the Western side of the island – Basse-Terre – was hiding such wonderful spots, we couldn’t give them up. Thanks to a car rental in Guadeloupe we were able to see amazing things in only 4-days of an intense road trip. Here I share the way we found our car, the information about how roads in Guadeloupe look like and our trip schedule which you can simply copy and adjust when you’ll be also visiting the island.

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Do you wanna try other ways of transportation in Guadeloupe and Martinique and maybe save some money? Get some more information about buses, taxis and hitchhiking from my earlier post.

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Car rental in Guadeloupe – how to find your ideal offer?

In Guadeloupe, we have an opportunity to benefit a few different ways of car rental. Choosing them will depend on personal preferences and expectations.

Read more: Check out my ultimate guide to Guadeloupe by clicking here!

Local rental agencies

While looking for a car, first I tried to reach some local rental agencies. Usually, they have a more specific offer with no thousands of additional options and offers like big agencies. And if you will Google them, you will find a lot of locations voiture (fr. car rental) in Guadeloupe. Some of them you can also find while already in place since people in Guadeloupe much prefer to communicate live or by phone, not by the Internet. In the end, I did not rent from any local agency, because I wanted to purchase full insurance with no deposit. And I couldn’t find any agency near my city (Sainte-Anne) who proposed that. But I limited my search only to the browser, so who knows, maybe when you’ll be in the agency’s office in person, you could also receive full insurance.

Read more: Guadeloupe hotels worth thinking of while booking your dream vacation!

International car rental agencies

The option that we chose was a car rental from a big international agency. Since it was my very first rental to my own name, I preferred to do it that way. Plus, some big agencies allow you to purchase full insurance, so you don’t need to worry about any scratch on a car.

We booked our car via the Internet (on Europcar) one day before its pick up. The price was 106 EUR including full insurance. We rented it on Thursday morning and returned it on Monday morning in Saint-François. So it was 4 days of an intense road trip + drop off on 5th day in the morning.

We chose a small car and received a brand new Kia Picanto, which had only 180 kilometers of mileage. It was so pleasant to drive it. We made it around 600 kilometers and spent 59,17 EUR on petrol. So in total car rental in Guadeloupe cost us 165,17 EUR.

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A thing to remember: Since I purchased full insurance, I thought I did not be obligated to pay any deposit. Well, I was wrong. We needed to pay 800 EUR of deposit while picking up the car. We had some problems with completing this amount of money in agency’s office because we were keeping our financial resources in 5 different bank accounts (Revolut account for both of us + 3 standard bank accounts) to keep money safe in different places. Since bank transfers need some time to proceed, we were able to gather only 600 EUR in one place. Fortunately, an agency employee agreed to reduce the deposit amount for us. So thanks to him! The deposit came back to us in less than 3 weeks.

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Our cute Kia Picanto rented in Saint-François, Guadeloupe

Carfully – a more social option

When I was looking for a car rental in Guadeloupe I found a very interesting option on the Internet. Carfully works like Airbnb, but for cars. It means that you rent a car directly from a person living in a visited place. Thanks to this, local inhabitants can earn some extra money. It’s like social car-sharing and I really appreciate it. It has some main advantages:

  • Local people can earn some extra money in their own pocket
  • Their cars have a mission to accomplish, while they are not used by the owners, so they do not rust in a garage
  • Travelers can find a cheaper car rental opportunity
  • Everything happens on the Internet
  • The cars are assured
  • As we were said, local people use Carfully in daily routine – if someone needs a car even for one day he could simply register in Carfully’s website and find a car to rent from his neighbor – really cool option!

Unfortunately, Carfully has also some disadvantages, that influenced our decision to choose a big agency instead. Like on Airbnb, you need to wait until the owner will accept your rental request. Since we were booking for the last minute, we didn’t have much time to spend on waiting and the owner of the car that we choose, was not so fast in replying.

The other inconvenience is that Carfully doesn’t offer full insurance yet. There is an option to lower an excess, but not to 0. Since it was my first rental ever, I preferred to purchase full insurance.

But anyway I think it’s a really great initiative and you should think about it next time when you will be in French Antilles.

How the roads in Guadeloupe look like?

This question many people asks before reaching for a car rental in Guadeloupe. Is the condition of roads good? Is it safe to drive there? How do other people drive?

The answer is: don’t worry about anything. The roads are much similar to European. Maybe there are not many highways there, but in general, roads are simple and are well maintained. You don’t need to worry especially about the signs, because they are exactly the same as in continental France.

People drive rather safely and the thing that I liked the most was their chill on the road. Even if the speed limit was 110 km/h, they were cooly driving 80 km/h. No one was there in a hurry, so driving was really enjoyable. So a car rental in Guadeloupe could be a really nice journey for you.

Some sidelong roads are more narrow and have a lot of turns, especially in Basse-Terre region, where the terrain is rather mountainous. While driving to places like La Soufrière or Chute du Carbet you need to be careful and focused on a road. These are not the main routes, but they could be crowded with tourists.

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The standard roads in French Antilles don’t look so bad

4-days road trip in Guadeloupe – our plan and schedule

Here you can check out or 4-days intense Guadeloupian road trip. Hope it will be helpful, while you’ll be planning your own Caribbean vacation!

Day 1 – Porte d’Enfer and Pointe de la Grande-Vigie

At day 1 we picked up a car at 11 AM from Saint-François. Since it was far away on the Eastern shore of the island, we decided to stay in Grande-Terre that day. Our first spot was Porte d’Enfer – Hell’s Gate.

Porte d’Enfer

Porte d’Enfer in Guadeloupe is an amazing place with a stunning view. It is actually a really deep grotto, which actually looks like a way to hell. The best view can be achieved from the sea. But if you’ll take a trail named Trou de Madame Coco you will be able to peek amazing forces of nature.

Next to the grotto, there is a long ravine, where the Atlantic Ocean enters the land with huge waves which get more calm at the end and create a small, pretty beach. Guadeloupian families love this place and gather there for weekends for picnics.

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A sneak peek of Porte d’Enfer

TRAVEL TIP: While looking for Porte d’Enfer starting from Saint-François, you need to be very focused, because on the way… there is also another Porte d’Enfer. Just before Le Moule city. First, we went there, trekked a little, and after 40 minutes we figured out that we were in the wrong place! The spot that we found was charming too, but it was not what we were looking for. So go far to the North!

Pointe de la Grande-Vigie

The second spot was a place that is located the most to the North on the island. It is called Pointe de La Grande-Vigie. The walk is not really long, but it’s worth going there because the views are stunning. You can look up to an amazing rocky North shore of Guadeloupe.

Day 2 – Chutes du Carbet & Bassin Paradise

The second day was much more active than the first one. Thanks to the car rental in Guadeloupe we visited one of the most popular natural attraction on the island – The Carbet Waterfalls. Unfortunately, the trail to the first waterfall was closed due to a landslide which appeared a few months before. But luckily, the comfortable path to the second waterfall was opened and really enjoyable. Highly recommended!

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Near the parking, there is also another wonderful place. Bassin Paradise is a spot which local inhabitants love. It’s a quite big basin below a small waterfall, where a lot of people come during weekends to enjoy a refreshing bath in a mountain river. Beautiful place!

Check out the whole story! I described our trip to Chutes du Carbet and Bassin Paradise before.

Day 3 – Deshaies Botanical Garden, Coffee Museum & Basse-Terre

Deshaies Botanical Garden

Day number 3 was assigned to more calm activities. We took a loop around the whole Basse-Terre region. Our first spot that day was the wonderful Botanical Garden in Deshaies. This place is so magical and colorful that I highly recommend visiting! We spend there 3 hours admiring stunning greenery from around the globe and feeding some animals living there. I still cannot decide which species was my favorite: colorful lorikeets or charming goats!

This was a wonderful trip! Read more about Deshaies Botanical Garden in a previous post.

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Coffee Museum

Firstly, we planned to visit Maison du Cacao. But unfortunately, it was closed. So we head to Maison du Café which was not so far away. This place was created next to a coffee plantation. There we had an opportunity to learn how the coffee actually is made. Cocoa also had there its small section. And in the end, we could enjoy a degustation. The museum was not really big, but so adorable and filled with information. And smells!

Read more: Learn more about Maison du Café by clicking here!


Even if Pointe-à-Pitre is the biggest city in Guadeloupe, it is not the capital of the island. All the authorities actually sit in Basse-Terre city. It is located on the Western shore, with a view of the Caribbean Sea. We visited this amazing city at the end of our third day. And actually, we were really surprised.

The city looked like abandoned. It was almost no one there! We were shocked because even if it was a small city, it was still a capital. We visited it on Sunday at around 6 PM. Yeah, I know that most of the people were home, having a dinner, but still… The shops, pharmacies, offices were closed. Only a few people were hanging around. I felt almost like it was just before the volcano eruption when the city had to be evacuated.

The feeling was not what we expected, but it was kind of thrilling.

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Day 4 – Volcano La Soufrière & Cascade aux Ecrevisses

The last day of our trip we dedicated to the most popular trekking trail in the island. Our adventure with climbing the volcano La Soufrière was just great! The whole trail took us around 5 hours to accomplish, but it was a really nice journey.

Wonderful views, challenging steps and the scent of sulfur gave us a lot of adrenaline. And in the end, we reached the highest peak of Lesser Antilles! It would be hard to experience all of these without car rental in Guadeloupe.

Wanna climb the volcano too? Check out the full trail description and tips about how to get there.

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After this intense activity, we visited one more waterfall. It was raining, but even so, we wanted to see Cascade aux Ecrevisses. This adorable small waterfall is located just near the main route called Route de La Traversée, which goes by the middle of the Basse-Terre region. When the weather is sunny, you could take a refreshing bath there. And this place is also accessible for people moving in a wheelchair.

Roadmap with a schedule

Car rental in Guadeloupe is a great option because thanks to it we were able to see some of the most interesting places on the island. I can recommend it to everyone, especially when you are not staying too long in the Caribbean.

Soon I will be publishing a downloadable map of the best spots in Guadeloupe! So if you found this post useful stay with me and you will have access to a pill of information about what to see in Guadeloupe!

And for now, you can use this Google Map of our trip. Enjoy!

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