Castries, Saint Lucia
Rhythm of Rum & A Taste of St Lucia: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 5 Hours
With its palm-lined beaches, iconic Piton mountains and waterfall-dotted rainforest, St Lucia is one of the true gems of the Caribbean. Begin your tour with a breathtaking view of the city from Morne Fortune viewpoint.
Marigot Bay, one of the loveliest tropical inlets in the Caribbean, is a double harbor that shelters many visiting yachts. Stroll about in this lovely area that was the setting for the films Doctor Doolittle and Superman 2.
Head to the local island rum distillery, where you will see how this liquor is produced, and taste for yourself this heart-warming nectar of the gods. Your guided tour includes a video presentation and, afterwards, you'll see how a village street, spice market and carnival have been recreated to give an insight into the lifestyle and spirit of St Lucians.
Continue to Howelton Estate, formerly known as Caribelle Batik Silk Studios, where you'll see a brief demonstration of Batik-making. Admire and perhaps buy some of the wall hangings and apparel for which Howelton Estate is justifiably famous. You'll be treated to the sweet sounds of a one-man steel-pan band -- it's quite catchy and entertaining. Fruit and rum punch are served here.
A short drive brings you to the Pink Plantation House -- a 150-year-old French-Colonial wooden house on two acres of lush tropical gardens. From the property, you'll take in breathtaking scenic views of Castries, the Caribbean coastline, and the neighboring island of Martinique. Enjoy a lunch of traditional local cuisine, such as grilled fish with garlic butter, Creole chicken, or Calypso rice and fried ripe plantain, accompanied by a glass of red or white wine. Sit on the open-air verandah and take in the breathtaking views of Castries, the Caribbean coastline, and the neighboring island of Martinique in the distance.
Besides the historical architecture, charming ambience and magnificent views, the Pink Plantation is known for artist Michelle Elliot's hand-painted ceramics, which are on display throughout the house and make a wonderful souvenir.