St. Lucia Attractions
From Choiseul to Savannes Bay Nature Reserve
Choiseul—Not only is this a colorful fishing village with boats often pulled up on the beach, the arts and crafts center here is known for its woodcarvings, pottery and baskets.
Laborie—Another small fishing village, although not one tourists usually visit. The market is located on a small square in the center of town. Many of the wooden houses have a natural, weather-beaten appearance. The north side of the town’s white sandy beach is good for sunbathing.
Vieux Fort—With about 14,000 residents, this is the second-largest town and location of Hewanorra International Airport. There are several small hotels and resorts, banks and supermarkets. The main public market is held on Saturday.
Cap Moule A Chique—The peninsula located at the island’s extreme southern tip offers a spectacular view of St. Lucia’s east and west coasts, the airport, the nearby Maria Islands and the neighboring country of St. Vincent. Seabirds nest in the rocky cliffs.
Anse de Sables Beach—Just north of Vieux Fort on the east coast, this white sandy beach is one of the island’s finest and longest. It’s also considered one of the best spots in the Eastern Caribbean for windsurfing because of the constant onshore trade winds. A wind surf center gives lessons and rents equipment. The beach also overlooks the Maria Islands Nature Reserve.
Maria Islands Nature Reserve—Operated by the National Trust, the Interpretive Center on the mainland is open Wed. to Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5p.m. Tours to the two small islands, 25-acre Maria Major and four-acre Maria Minor, must be made with a guide. The cost is US$35. The islands house a harmless grass snake and lizard found nowhere else in the world. There also a small beach for swimming and snorkeling. Most people take a picnic lunch. Tours must be booked well in advance through the Trust office in Castries. The boat ride to the islands is often a wet one, requiring a change of clothes or a bathing suit the whole time. Closed to the public between May 15 and July 31 during seabird nesting season, the national park can be visited only with a guide. Web site for the National Trust is www.slunatrust.org.
Savannes Bay Nature Reserve—A large shallow bay that supports extensive mangrove forest and sea grass beds. Excellent for fishing. The observation tower at Mankote Mangrove offers a fine roost for bird watching.
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