Castries, Saint Lucia
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Approximately 6½ hours
Board a comfortable catamaran and sail down the west coast past beautiful Marigot Bay to a cove on the west coast. The boat anchors so you can swim in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters.
At Morne Coubaril Estate, step back in time and enjoy a tour of this historical plantation. The gardens offer close-up views of the more popular local flora, and the grandeur of the estate house offers great photo opportunities. View the process of cocoa making and walk through a small village of replica stick huts similar to those used two centuries ago by local villagers. Walk up the driveway to the manioc house. Learn how to husk a coconut, dry copra in the oven, and enjoy a taste of coconut water and jelly.
Taste a ripe cocoa bean at the Cocoa & Coffee House. You'll witness the process of fermentation, bean drying and the cocoa dance used to polish the dried beans.
Finish up with a look at the sugar cane mill.
A cruise back up the west coast brings you to Castries and the ship.
Guests who suffer from motion sickness should consider this before booking and/or take appropriate medication. This excursion begins and ends in Castries. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, reef-safe/biodegradable sunscreen, light clothing to act as a full cover-up for further protection from the sun, and a hat. Swim at your own risk. Minimum age is 5 years.