The economic capital and the largest city in Guadeloupe, Pointe-a-Pitre is ideally situated at the geographical junction on the southwest region of Grande-Terre Island. Facing the Caribbean Sea and surrounded by the communes of Les Abymes, Baie-Mahault and Le Gosier which is the main seaside resort in the country, Pointe-a-Pitre is home to over 171,000 inhabitants. Home to one of the largest container terminals in Eastern Caribbean, Pointe-a-Pitre serves as the main port of call for cargo and passenger traffic moving in and out of Guadeloupe.
Portraying as a major center of commercial and light industrial activity within Guadeloupe, Pointe-a-Pitre is also a shopper’s paradise. With waterfronts and outdoor markets shopping is an attractive proposition in Pointe-a-Pitre where perfumes and other luxury items made in France are commonly available. Served by the Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport which is located at a distance of 3 kilometers to the north of downtown, Pointe-a-Pitre is the most important gateway for tourists desiring to enjoy these East Caribbean islands.