Cap Excellence

The Cities

Must have!

In the heart of Guadeloupe, the Cap Excellence conurbation authority is lulled by the archipelago history which inscribed itself in the urban landscapes and at the same time is firmly heading for future. No tourist comes in Guadeloupe without having treat it giving the fact that the Airport, the Memorial ACTe and the historic center of Pointe-à-Pitre are strong markers of the territory. Les Abymes, Baie-Mahault and Pointe-à-Pitre therefore work jointly to welcome the visitors, keeping the identity of this Guadeloupe heart while developing the territory in a caring about sustainability that benefits to everybody.

Baie-Mahault

Basse Terre Baie Mahault

Guadeloupe’s driving force

Located in eastern Basse-Terre and part of Greater Pointe-à-Pitre, Baie-Mahault serves as the gateway to the island for those coming from Grande-Terre. Considered the archipelago’s economic powerhouse, Baie-Mahault is today the vital center of Guadeloupe.

Originally named the Marquisate of Houêlbourg after its first governor, Charles Houêl, the town was rechristened Baie-Mahault in the 18th century in reference to the mahoe, a type of mangrove tree used to make rope for sailing ships.

It includes the Guadeloupe International Airport as well as the Jarry business district, which you’re bound to experience.

Size4 400 HA

Number of inhabitants23 389

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Les Abymes

Grande-Terre

City of the future!

First established as a parish in 1726, Les Abymes is the most populous city in Guadeloupe. Surrounded by swamps, mangroves and the gulf, the city gets its name (according to Père Labat) from the mist that forms from evaporation, which the locals called the “shroud of the savannah”.

Its dramatic history includes the slavery period, strikes by farmworkers and hurricanes, and it was only in 1846 that Les Abymes was established at its current location.

Built on Calvary Hill between 1855 and 1858 under the supervision of the Abbé Poujade, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with its sculpture of Notre Dame de Guadeloupe, won’t fail to impress you!

Les Abymes is a booming city that absorbed several adjacent towns during the 1960s (Grand-Camp, Le Raizet, Petit-Pérou, La Croix, etc.) and has now emerged as a truly vibrant community.

Home to Guadeloupe’s Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, Les Abymes offers an easy gateway to the islands of Guadeloupe!

Size8 125 HA

Number of inhabitants63 054

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Rue Achille René Boisneuf

Les Abymes

97139
Les Abymes + 590 (0)5 93 80 80

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Pointe-à-Pitre

Grande-Terre

A city of history and the arts!

Located at the center of the Guadeloupe butterfly, Pointe-à-Pitre is also the island’s economic heart. Once a vast swamp surrounded by mountains until English settlers began construction there in 1759, Pointe-à-Pitre is now the subprefecture for Guadeloupe.

After the revolution, Victor Hugues expelled the English invaders and named the city’s famous square the “Place de la Victoire”.

And while the city hasn’t been spared by natural catastrophe, including hurricanes, earthquakes and fire, it has always come back. With its museums, public buildings, markets and port, the city certainly has no shortage of attractions to draw you in!

Pointe-à-Pitre is part of the larger municipal area known as CAP Excellence that includes the communes of Les Abymes and Baie-Mahault, and serves as the hub of the entire archipelago.

Size266 HA

Number of inhabitants20 948

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Mairie de Pointe-à-Pitre

Pointe a Pitre

Place des Martyrs-de-la-Liberté
97164 Pointe-à-Pitre Cedex
+ 590 (0)5 93 85 00

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