How easy/manageable is it to travel between these two islands? We would love to visit both during an 8 day vacation (we are traveling from NYC) but are worried about the logistics, expense, and time involved. Would it be best to fly into Dominica and stay a few days, take a ferry to Guadeloupe and stay a few days, and then take a ferry back to Dominica for the last night and fly out of there the next day? Or would it be better to fly into Dominica and then fly out of Guadeloupe?
Also, we have been reading that the people of Guadeloupe can be quite rude, and that we will not be able to mange if we don't speak French (which we don't). Hopefully these things aren't completely true.
Thanks so much for any input!