Location: In the eastern Caribbean sea, between Antigua and Dominica
Size: 629 square miles/1,628 square kilometers, including the islands of Grand-Terre,Basse-Terre, Les Saintes, La Desirade, and Marie-Galante.
Religions: Primarily Catholic
Area Code: 590
Tipping: not expected, but appreciated; restaurants and most hotels add 15 percent
Weather: Average summer temp 87F, winter 74F. Located in hurricane belt.