There are not many protected anchorages
. On the northwest side on Basse Terre there is Deshaies, which is a bit open in a north swell, then all the way down that coast there isn't much apart from the anchorage inside Pigeon Isle. Once on the south you always get some really nasty winds and seas going to the Saintes, or beating up and NE into the first bigger marina (Point-a-Pitre. Then on Marie Galante you have no real protected anchorage in bad weather
, and few on Grande-Terre. And even though the Iles des Saintes are among my favorite places to be, there is no great shelter there in very unsettled conditions. I've been there and rolled from toerail to toerail at anchor
and realized that the closest protected anchorage was several hours sail away.
This is a marked difference to the BVI where once can sail without much planning since there are sheltered anchorage (and shoreside bars and restaurants) almost within a stone's throw of every place on the islands. It means that sailing in Guadeloupe is more challenging in that a situational weather-awareness is necessary as well as some charts
and lists of anchorages
and, finally, the willingness to spend a day or night in uncomfortable conditions if one makes an unwise choice.
The stretch between Guadeloupe and the Iles des Saintes is always surprisingly rough - both waves and winds somehow funnel through here to make for conditions that are just on the wrongs side of being called "fun".