Soak Up the Culture of Pointe-à-Pitre
Guadeloupe’s largest city, Pointe-à-Pitre, is known as the New Orleans of the Caribbean—and indeed, the two port cities have much in common, including a history of French colonialism, a rich architectural heritage, and an affinity for music. On Saturdays in Pointe-à-Pitre, the rhythms of Gwo-Ka
can often be heard in the streets. A lively mash-up of song and dance, set to the improvisational beat of traditional hand drums, Gwo-Ka is an infectious, high-energy celebration; start by learning the basics at a Gwo-Ka dance class at Akademiduka
. Other must-sees in Pointe-à-Pitre are the Memorial ACTe
, a cultural center dedicated to the memory and history of the slave trade, and the local market.