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Resting about 20kms from the nearest coast of Guadeloupe, and about 30kms from Guadeloupe's Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport, is Marie Galante Island. The island, which is about 160 square kilometres, is considered as an island with the Guadeloupe archipelago, and therefore is constitutionally a French territory. Cheap car hire at Marie Galante Isla is a great mode of transport to explore the island.
Marie Galante Isla, or Grande Dependent as it is commonly referred to, was a large-producing sugar cane region, but has since dwindled in recent years, resulting in yearly migrations to the main islands of Guadeloupe or even France. Nevertheless, there are still about 12,000 residents on the island.
The main hotel of Marie Galante Isla is Hotel Cohoba, which is a stylish and comfortable beach front hotel in the township of Grande-Bourg. Swimming, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and a plethora of other water sports are provided at the hotel. From here, tourists can use car rental in Marie Galante Isla to travel around this charming landscape.
There are a number of structures to see that dot the island of Marie Galante. Some of the most intriguing include the Habitation Murat, Bezard Windmill, Cock Pits with legal cock fighting, and the Habitation Roussel-Trianon.
Via car hire at Marie Galante Isla, travellers can visit areas across the island with limited trouble. The Gueule Grand Gouffre is a scenic spot for viewing, particularly the arch cave below. Other sites worth a visit include the Vieux-Fort River, and the spectacular views of Caye Plate.