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!
City of Guadeloupe, on the north coast of Basse-Terre, Sainte-Rose takes place on the edge of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin. Second common of the island in terms of surface, it is located near Lamentin and Pointe-Noire.
Populated since a long time, the territory of Sainte-Rose knows an important development from the XVIIe century with the arrival of 400 French colonists and four religious of the order of Saint-Dominique. Very quickly, the town is linked to the cultivation of sugar cane and the production of rum. Two large distillery are still present on site, that of Séverin and that of Reimonenq. Sainte-Rose is also known for hosting the largest wind farm in the French West Indies.
Full of charm, the Guadeloupe city reveals its visitors a rich architectural and historical heritage, as well as real natural wonders.
The Creole Ecomuseum of Guadeloupe is dedicated to Creole history, culture and traditions. On the spot, one discovers a magnificent garden unveiling a medicinal conservatory, a route of the spices, as well as superb tropical flowers. The latter is also labeled Remarkable Garden. There are also collections of ancient objects, tools or Amerindian remains, as well as reconstructions of the everyday life of the past.
The House of Rum is an opportunity to discover the history of the production of this local alcohol so appreciated. On the program, an exhibition explaining the manufacture, but also models of boats, butterflies and insects, like the Dynast Hercules. Do not miss to visit the Séverin estate, one of the two distilleries still open on the town.
While strolling in the city, you will be able to appreciate the votive chapel of Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, or the residence of artists La Ramée. Let yourself be seduced by the building of the gendarmerie and dispensary, work of the architect Ali Tur in the early 1930s.
But it is especially the natural heritage that seduces the visitors of Sainte-Rose. The town is also part of the Regional Natural Park of Guadeloupe. You will appreciate the beaches of the town, including those of Amandiers, Nogent, Cluny, Manbia, Petit Fort, Pointe des Îles, or the Anse du Grand-Bas-Vent and Anse Vinty.
Do not miss the sulphurous baths of Sofaïa, one of the spas of Guadeloupe.
The flea market takes place every third Sunday of the month. A weekly market is also offered on the second Saturday of each month.
In August, the patronal festival is an opportunity to enjoy the carnival and a podium of artists.
Equestrian excursions, white sand beaches, football, tennis, canoeing, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling in the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin, paradisiacal day on the wild islets of the lagoon.