Cruises from Pointe-a-Pitre
Pointe-a-Pitre (“Headland of Peter”; population 172,000) is the largest city of Guadeloupe, an overseas region of France, located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. (The capital is Basse-Terre.) The inhabitants are called "Pointois". The port is on the island of Grande-Terre, facing west to nearby Basse-Terre Island. The islands are joined by a bridge across a narrow sea channel called Salt River, and they are often referred to as a single island.
The history of Pointe-a-Pitre has been marked with a number of major fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, epidemics, British settlements, finally French. The official language is French, but Antillean Creole is spoken virtually by the entire population.