Guadeloupe's two main islands are Basse-Terre to the west and Grande-Terre to the east, which are separated by a narrow strait that is crossed with bridges, and which are often referred to as a single island. The department also includes the Dependencies of Guadeloupe which include the smaller islands of Marie-Galante and La Désirade, and the Îles des Saintes.
The economy of Guadeloupe depends on tourism, agriculture, light industry and services. Tourism is a key industry, with 83.3% of tourists visiting from metropolitan France. An increasingly large number of cruise ships visit the islands.