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The Fifth International Conference on Digital Society

ICDS 2011

February 23-28, 2011 - Gosier, Guadeloupe, France

Hotels and Travel

Conference Hotel information

Place: Gosier
Hotel: Karibea Beach Resort Gosier
Pointe de la Verdure - 97190 Gosier
Guadeloupe - French Caribbean
12Km from the airport;
7Km from Pointe-a-Pitre
3km (2 miles) from Gosier center

Map of Guadeloupe


The closest airport is Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe (PTP). The approximate driving time to the conference site is 20 minutes for a distance of about 12Km (7 miles).

Taxi in Guadeloupe
Unlike cabs on many Caribbean islands, many taxis in Guadeloupe are metered. Approximate fares from the airport to Gosier will run about 25-35 euros, while the trip to Point-à-Pitre will cost approximately 20 euros. An additional 40 percent surcharge will be added to fares on Sundays and holidays, and between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.


The French Consulate General delivers visas allowing the holders to travel to the DOM/TOM: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion Island, Guyana, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, St. Pierre and Miquelon or Mayotte. The visa obtained IS NOT a Schengen visa and is subject to a different procedure to obtain.

When you request your visa, you have to specify that you need a visa for Guadeloupe.
Check with your nearest French Embassy.

IARIA logistics issue support letter s for entry visa, if requested.

Internet and sessions

Free IEEE 802.11b wireless Internet access will be provided during  the conference.

What is the time difference?

Local time on Guadeloupe is GMT - 4 all over the year. That is: a time difference of 5 hours in winter and 6 hours in summer with central Europe. Time difference with the US East coast: 1 hour during winter time (no time difference in summer).


The currency is the Euro. Most banks and bank machines accept most international credit cards.


The temperature is pleasant all over the year, the air temperature between 23°C (in winter) and 32°C (in summer), the water temperature is between 25°C and 28°C, average humidity: 77%. Two "seasons": dry season between February and June, with some showers especially in the mountains; raining season from July to January, occasional hurricanes in September/October. Trade winds make the climate pleasant all over the year.

What are the entry requirements?

No restrictions for French citizens with an ID-card or a valid passport. Tourists from EU, USA, Canada, Switzerland and Norway need a valid passport to stay up to 3 months. You are responsible to confirm that you have all the paperwork needed to travel. Contact your local French embassy or consulate.


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