One cannot visit Guadeloupe and not discover at least one rum plantation. You really cannot avoid rum and even if, among the French Carabbean islands, Martinique is more famous for its rum, Guadeloupe has nothing to be ashamed of. Here is my discovery of one of the highly regarded plantation: Longueteau.
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TIPS FOR TRAVEL PLANNING ADDICTS - Longueteau rum
Getting to the Longueteau plantation
- Located on Basse Terre island
- From RN1, North of Capesterre, turn on Rue du Neuf chateau (the plantation is indicated)
Visiting the Longueteau plantation and factory
- Opens 9am to 6pm during the week
- From 15 December to 30 April, opens on Sundays from 9am to 1pm
- Tasting and direct shop
Discovering the plantation
I visited the Longueteau rum plantation and factory as part of a day tour with SafariCaraib that took me to the tropical forest in the morning. However you can go there by yourselves. You will not be allowed to drive in the plantation but you can do the short walk from the shop to the factory enjoy the plantation.
The plantation was established in 1895 and produces agricultural rum.
Visiting the factory
We were a bit too early in the season, so as we arrive the factory was not running. I was actually quite relieved because I do not like noisy places 🙂
There is a display explaning the different phases and machines in both English and French.
Tasting the rum
At the end we went to the shop where you could taste many of the rum drinks. I was surprise by the number of differen types. You can also test their mixes. I found them quite generous with the number of drinks you could taste.
Personally I don't drink, but perusing the store and listening to the explanation was interesting.
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