Rum & Tourism
Guadeloupe • “KARUKERA”
Five Islands, One Paradise….
The original Amerindian name for Guadeloupe Islands is “KARUKERA” which means “the islands with beautiful waters”. The Islands of Guadeloupe are without a doubt one of the most beautiful locations for your vacation. Caressed by the trade winds and warmed year round by an endless tropical sun, washed on the East by the surging Atlantic and bathed on the West by the balmy Caribbean, the Guadeloupe archipelago is a true paradise.
The Caribbean Sea, with its stunning palette of blues, is ideal for a raft of exhilarating water sports—one visit just isn’t enough to do it all. Stretch out on the sand with your toes in the water, skim the waves on a Jet Ski, discover coral reefs and sea sponges in the deep blue yonder, watch the wind swell your sails under a cloudless sky, learn some fun facts at the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve, sail a catamaran in search of white, sandy beaches…Aquatic adventures and many, many await you!
Claude Gonzales owner the Cip Diving Club, located on the Malendure beach in Bouillante, right in front of the COUSTEAU RESERVE. His Club welcomes beginners as well as advanced levels since they are also an international diving shool with multilingual certified trainers. The Cousteau Reserve covers 12 differents sites and 3 wrecks. 2h away you can reach the famous “SEC PATE” which is known for being one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world. It is also a part of the Cousteau Reserve, located in the Channel of Les Saintes.
Rhum-ing in Paradise
The Guadeloupe Archipelago has long been a premier producer of rum (or rhum as it is called locally) and the nine distilleries present today have remained true to time-honored traditions, thus producing high quality multi-awarded labels. Rhum agricole is distilled directly from cane juice for a pure and signature taste. The nine distilleries offer tours and tastings, a favorite experience for rum connoisseurs in the know. On your tour, try a Ti’Punch, a local aperitif made with rhum, lime, and brown sugar. You can now enjoy a sip of award-winning Guadeloupean rhum as you plan your getaway to Guadeloupe Islands with Rhum Damoiseau.
Ti’Punch is also part of the pleasant rites of Antillean life, usually served in a glass bearing the stamp of the great rum distilleries named after century-old Creole families. And though ti-punch recipes vary from one island to another, glasses are filled and re-filled at the same incredible speed wherever you may venture. The carnival period is busy with activity, firecrackers boom, pink confetti cover the streets like orchid petals and the towns bustle with five days of incessant dancing.
Guadeloupe has not yet unveiled all its charms. Chuchotis, madras, rum, rhythms… Discover the butterfly island!