Pointe-a-Pitre is Guadeloupe's largest city and main seaport. The port is located in a natural harbor on Grande-Terre Island's south-central coast, Guadeloupe is one of France's dependencies (overseas territories) in Leeward Islands (Caribbean Sea, part of Lesser Antilles). The city has population around 17,000 and covers an area of approx 2,7 km2 (1 ml2).
Guadeloupe's other cruise port is Deshaies (Basse-Terre Island). Pointe-a-Pitre is not country's administrative capital (capital city is Basse-Terre, located to the southwest), it is Guadeloupe's economic capital and largest city (metro population around 315,000). Guadeloupe's main airport (Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport) is approx 3 km (2 ml) north of downtown.
Pointe-a-Pitre is a duty free port and among Caribbean's best cruise ports for shopping. Largest shops are on the main streets, but there are also many smaller shops selling unique merchandise including souvenirs and collectibles). The city has many shops selling France-imported goods, including wines, designer clothes, brand fashions, perfumes, jewelry, cosmetics. Smaller tourist shops sell local handicrafts, wood carvings, shell jewelry, pottery, cloth dolls.
The main port (Port de Jarry) is located across Bay of Cul-de-Sac Marin (Baie-Mahault) and has one of the Eastern Caribbean's ;argest container terminals (total quay length 600 m / 1970 ft). Guadeloupe's main exports are food crops (cocoa, coffee, sugar, bananas), animal products (milk, yogurt, beef) and manufactured goods (textiles, medicines, refined petroleum).
Pointe-a-Pitre cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Pointe-a-Pitre dock at "Centre Saint-John Perse" cruise terminal. This is a modern facility located at 5-min walking distance (a block away) from downtown.
The cruise ship terminal has 2 berths (with separate buildings), luggage handling area, tourist info office, pedestrian paths, bar, market village (selling local hand-made crafts), perking for tour buses, taxy rank.