Located on the north coast of Basse-Terre, on the edge of the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin, the municipality of Sainte-Rose was long geared towards sugar production and had as many as seven sugar refineries. While the centre of the town and its picturesque fishing port can easily be seen on a short tour, there are many places of interest around the heart of Sainte-Rose, starting with the Séverin distillery. Nestling in greenery, the latter invites you to discover the estate's facilities and the various stages of the cane juice rum-making process, with the opportunity to take a tour of the property on a little train. And to find out more about the history of rum and rum-making, head to the Rum Museum, on the Reimonenq distillery's estate.
Sainte-Rose, also has a lovely Creole ecomuseum with a pleasant botanical garden (a listed remarkable garden), where you can follow a trail dotted with information signs to admire the treasures of Guadeloupe's biodiversity while learning about their traditional and scientific uses.
In addition, the municipality is an excellent starting point for a boat or kayak trip in the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin nature reserve. This protected area will delight nature-lovers with its mangrove swamps, islets and coral barrier…
Those looking for a spot of relaxation should head to the marvellous beaches of Sainte-Rose: the perfectly charming Les Amandiers beach with its golden sand, or Clugny, a long and magnificent stretch of blond sand where swimming is considered dangerous and care must be taken because of the strong currents and large rolling waves. Finally, deep in the countryside, don't forget the Sofaïa sulphur baths, which have been arranged into showers that are free to use. Make the most of them, as the 31°C water is renowned for its dermatological benefits!