At the doorsteps of the windy coast, between sea and mountain, the Sainte Rose parish was originally focused on cane culture but has since turned to tourism and possesses some nice attractions to succeed.
Historically, Sainte Rose is the first French settlement in Guadeloupe, following the landing of 550 people at Pointe Allègre in 1635 under the supervision of Sir Duplessis and Sir de l’Olive. The choice proved to be negative and settlers soon found a more welcoming place.
Nowadays, the parish lives off sugar cane culture as seen in the omnipresent fields in the surrounding countryside. Many distilleries such as Domaine de Séverin or Reimoneinq and its Rum Museum welcome visitors and initiate them to the secrets of the area’s cane transformation to rum.
The sulphurous sources of Sofaia, hidden in the heart of exuberant vegetation on the mountainous buttresses, attract the sick and those looking for a cure. From these heights, the mountain offers many hiking possibilities such as the much appreciated Sofaia-Baille-Argent path.
Despite its completely renovated town centre, the Sainte Rose borough has nothing much to offer. The port is the starting point of excursions to Blanc islet, a superb small island with all the appearances of a lost paradise. Sainte Rose’s littoral is dotted with islets and mangroves with extremely diversified fauna and flora, protected within the Grand Cul de Sac Marin Natural Reserve. Although the reserve is closed to divers, the areas bordering the protected park form a rich treasure of free diving available to any level of divers.
Due to its privileged location between sea and mountain and to the richness and beauty of its littoral, Sainte Rose lately realized how rich it was with unexploited tourism potential and has since started to catch up.