Sunsail’s base in Guadeloupe is at Pointe-a-Pitre, originally founded as a fish market by a Dutch merchant (whose name was Peter, hence Peter’s Point or Pointe-a-Pitre) in 1654 and developed by the mid-18th century English occupation into a major harbor exporting sugar and importing timber and food from the US.
Pointe-a-Pitre lies in the south-eastern corner of Grande Terre, the eastern wing of the butterfly. The old center of the town is quite attractive with peeling colonial architecture and palm-fringed streets. Place de la Victoire with its line of ancient mango trees and its pavement cafes is the main square and extends north from the inner harbor. Many of the great sights in Pointe-a-Pitre are no more than a five or 10-minute walk away.
The Musee St. John Perse occupies a fine 19th century building and offers a glimpse of a period Creole home and a good permanent exhibition of photographs and newspaper cuttings. Other places of interest include The Musee Schoelcher, dedicated to the abolitionist, Victor Schoelcher and the Cathedrale de St. Pierre et St. Paul, known as the Iron Chruch for the girders that support it against earthquakes and hurricanes.
Perhaps the highlight of an exploration of Pointe-a-Pitre are the open-air, traditional Creole fruit and vegetable markets that run along La Darse and the Marche Couvert nearby, offering plenty in the way of local crafts, spices and a good place to collect souvenirs of your Pointe-a-Pitre yacht charter. The Marina de Bas Du Fort has a number of lively restaurants and places for a drink.