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Castries, St Lucia
Nature Walk
Lushan Country Life - Located only 15 minutes from Castries, but it feels more like 200 years ago at the Lushan Country Life nature reserve. Tours include the Anthony's Farm and living residence at Morn-Du-Don/Balata. Guests are invited to taste and smell a wide assortment of locally grown items such as coconut, mango, star fruit, cinnamon, cashews, cocoa, nutmeg, clove, bay leaf, ginger and turmeric. The quarter mile walking trail ends at an open air kitchen where you sample a traditional St Lucian lunch. This is a nice family oriented tour where the young monkeys can run free in the woods amongst the 140 species of plants and trees - and listen to the nearly 30 different types of birds.
Castries, St Lucia
Historic Downtown Castries City
Capital of St Lucia - Castries has some good things going for it - it is the Capital of St Lucia and it brings in tons of people at the cruise ship port. From the port you can shop at the local Castries Market, do some sailing, take a helicopter ride or head to a beach. July is the festival of Carnival with calypso music, parades and costumed craziness. But if you like a quieter time and love churches, head to the Derek Walcott Square at the city center. Here you'll find the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. From the outside it looks very run-down (see photo), but the interior of this 1894 Roman Catholic Church is stunning. Beautiful stained glass windows, brightly colored walls and paintings, and handcrafted altars to enjoy.
Castries, St Lucia
Hill of Good Luck
Morne Fortune - Called the "Hill of Good Luck", in the late 1700s Morne Fortune was anything but. Over 5000 troops lost their lives to Yellow Fever in 1794 and in 1796 hundreds more in an epic battle between the British and French. Today the remains of Fort Charlotte, a memorial to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and a cemetery filled with young soldiers are all that remain. It is a peaceful and scenic area with gardens and a great view of the Caribbean. Right next to where the fort once stood is the campus of the University of the West Indies and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
Castries, St Lucia
Government House
Government House - St Lucia is and independent parliamentary democracy of the British Commonwealth. It has its own a guiding Constitution, a prime minister who conducts affairs of the state, a General-Governor for ceremonial services and all of it is over-seen by Her Majesty the Queen of England. The Government House is the official residence of the General-Governor. The Victorian Mansion was built in 1894 and is located halfway up Morne Fortune (Hill of Good Fortune). Inside the Government House is the small Le Pavillon Royal Museum, with historical artifacts related to St Lucia. As I found out, you can't hop of the cruise ship and visit the museum - it is by appointment only.
Gros Islet, St Lucia
Beaches of St Lucia
Beaches - From sugary white sand beaches to black volcanic sand beaches, St Lucia has them all. And all the beaches on the island are open to the public, even the ones in front of the high-end resorts. If you've never experienced a black volcanic sand beach, head to Anse Chastenet on the southwest corner of the island. Surrounded by mountains and palm trees, you'll be hard pressed to find a nicer one. If you're looking for a "regular" beach, and the most popular, pack your swimsuit and stick your toes in the waters of Reduit Beach. Located in Rodney Bay on the north side of the island, Reduit has calm waters and several nice restaurants. Other beaches worth considering are Soufriere Beach, Grande Anse and Anse de Pitons (near the pitons of course).