Castries, Saint Lucia
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Approximately 5 hours
Your day commences with a drive through the colorful capital of Castries, passing Derek Walcott Square and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Follow St Lucia's UNESCO World Heritage Site route up the hill towards Morne Fortune for a photo stop and time to enjoy the beauty of Castries below.
Pass through the lush interior of Cul de Sac Valley, arriving at the Marigot Bay viewpoint for vistas over one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean. Fields of green line the route to the sleepy village of Soufrière, nestled at the base of St Lucia's imposing Pitons.
Visit the famous Sulphur Springs, often referred to as the world's only drive-in volcano. This historic site is the result of volcanic eruptions 300,000 years ago. Smell the sulfur fumes as you enter the gates and see the mud pools bubbling and boiling on the Earth's surface.
Morne Coubaril Estate boasts a wealth of colorful tropical plants. Stroll along the pathways to the old copra house and learn about the many different products derived from this ubiquitous fruit. The traditional method of drying cocoa beans will be demonstrated, along with how the cocoa sticks are rolled. The secret ingredient to enjoying it all is the 'cocoa dance.'
A delicious array of local snacks, rum punch and fruit juices awaits you in enchanting surroundings, accompanied by the sound of local shak-shak music.
You'll find yourself jiving back to the coach for the journey back to Castries and the ship.
Participants must negotiate stairs and/or uneven surfaces. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or those with mobility limitations. The walk from the bus to the main viewpoint is approximately 10 minutes; however, guests can remain at the first viewpoint if they wish. The route will be winding and bumpy; guests who suffer from motion sickness should consider this before booking and/or take appropriate medication. Guests who are pregnant or have a back or neck condition are not allowed to participate. Minimum age is 5 years.