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Get a taste of the sweet life in sugary Marie-Galante

Sure, it was a sugar major hub well into the 20th century, but there's still something particularly delicious about Guadeloupe's Marie-Galante. A humbly sized island—61 square miles, give or take—in the Caribbean Sea, Marie-Galante's got plenty to recommend it, and visitors flock to the French-controlled isle for its sandy beaches, offshore coral reefs, and a wealth of preserved sites from both the pre-Columbian and colonial periods. With a Marie-Galante vacation rental, you'll be just a hop, skip, and a jump from the island's major sites, including numerous sugar plantations, rum distilleries, and historic windmills.

Things to do

A thing of the past: Marie-Galante's culture and history

At the Ecomuseum of Marie-Galante, you can get a first-hand look at local culture and history in a charming museum surrounded by nearly 500 acres of former sugar plantation. Here, you can make your way through exhibits exploring day-to-day life in Marie-Galante during the island's pre-Columbian and colonial periods. It's also home to a large collection of arts and crafts from the region. After mastering the island's colorful past, you've definitely earned yourself a reward. Fortunately, with a number of rum distilleries near your Marie-Galante vacation rental, the hardest part will be choosing which one to visit first.


1 if by land, 2 if by sea—exploring scenic Marie-galante

Waterfront activities are the name of the game on Marie-Galante, and with good reason. You can find a number of sandy beaches along the island's ample shoreline, with plenty of space for swimming and sunbathing. Snorkeling or diving the area's coral reefs is a must, and you can find a number of outfitters offering everything you need for your underwater expeditions; jetskiing and boat tours around the island are also popular. On land, you'll discover a sprawling network of walking trails that offer hikers an up-close-and-personal look at many of the island's historic sugar mills.


See you (mon)soon: Marie Galante's wet and dry seasons

Like most of the Caribbean, Marie-Galante has a tropical climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons, and warm-to-hot weather all year round. Average temps range from the upper 60s to the mid-80s during the dry season (January to June), and from the low 70s to the high 80s during the wet season (July to December). The wet season is also when you're most likely to encounter tropical storms and hurricanes in Marie-Galante, so pack that poncho! Thanks to its warm year-round temperatures, you'll find that prices on Marie-Galante vacation rentals tend not to change much from month to month.

Natural features

Maritime Marie-Galante—me, myself, and island

Locally known as "La grande galette"—usually translated as "the big pancake"—Marie-Galante is relatively circular and flat, with low-lying coastal areas and a central plateau whose highest point is less than 700 feet above sea level. The island's coastline includes a number of broad, sandy beaches and mangrove forests along the Caribbean Sea, and the northern side of the island also features steep waterfront cliffs. The southern and eastern sides of the island are protected by a coral reef that's home to countless species of brightly colored tropical fish.

Where to stay around Marie-Galante?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 57 vacation rentals near Marie-Galante. From 16 Houses to 11 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Marie-Galante for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Marie-Galante?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marie-Galante. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dominica: 66 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Francois: 1,902 vacation rentals
  • Le Gosier: 2,095 vacation rentals
  • Pointe-à-Pitre: 1,089 vacation rentals
  • Calibishie: 29 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Marie-Galante! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Marie-Galante?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marie-Galante:

  • Saint-Francois: 1,902 rentals
  • Le Gosier: 2,095 rentals
  • Pointe-à-Pitre: 1,089 rentals
  • Calibishie: 29 rentals
  • Basse Terre: 2,090 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Marie-Galante?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Marie-Galante are:

  • St. Francois (SFC): 2,422 vacation rentals
  • Terre-de-Haut Airport (LSS): 306 vacation rentals
  • Le Raizet Airport (PTP): 3,561 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Marie-Galante?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Marie-Galante. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ste-Anne Beach: 2,780 rentals
  • Golf International de Saint Francois: 2,421 rentals
  • Port of St. Francois: 2,425 rentals
  • Plage Caravelle: 2,793 rentals
  • Point des Chateaux: 1,889 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Marie-Galante listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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