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Entertainment & Nightlife in Guadeloupe

There are plenty of restaurants, bars and discos, with displays of local dancing and music. The famous dance of the island is called the Biguine, where colourful and ornate Creole costumes are still worn. Guadeloupe's main resort is Le Gosier, on Grande-Terre, which is full of small restaurants that come alive at nightfall to the sound of zouk – a style of music developed in the French Caribbean.

The major casino, one of only two on the island, both administered by the same company, is Casino Gosier-les-Bains (43 Pointe de la Verdure, Gosier). A casually elegant spot, it's open daily from 10 am until 4 am, although the popular games – roulette, chemin de fer, blackjack, etc. – don't open till 8:30 pm. ID is required and all areas of the casino are free of admission. A smaller casino, with fewer slot machines, is Casino de St-François (Avenue de l'Europe), near the Le Kalenda Resort in St-François. It is open daily from 10 am to 3 am.

Cuban salsa and Latin dancing draw patrons to Lollapalooza (122 Montauban, Gosier), where pictures of dictator Fidel and the long-dead Che Guevara decorate the walls. If you get tired of this joint, try Fanzy Bar (Mathurin Poucette), where musical styles might include 1980s-style French disco, Bob Marley reggae, and in an occasional orgy of nostalgia, Edith Piaf singing songs from the 1940s and '50s. Zenith (Bord de Mer, Bas-du-Fort), goes in and out of fashion as a sought-after island nightclub and dance club. All these bars are free, but the island's dance clubs charge a uniform fee of about €20, which includes the cost of a first drink.

The clientele and psychedelic colours of Bar Americano (sur la Plage, Ste-Anne), might make you believe that the 1960s era of flower power is still alive and thriving. Set directly adjacent to the beach, it's the kind of hangout that might remind you of your college years. More animated, but open only Friday and Saturday nights, is La Cascade, in Gosier, which rocks and rolls, often to salsa or other Latin beats, for an audience of locals and short-term holidaymakers.

Many resorts also have dinner dancing or offer regularly scheduled entertainment by steel bands and folkloric groups.





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