If you don’t explore St. Lucia closely, you may miss Morne Coubaril Estate.
It was not until my fourth trip to St. Lucia that I heard about this working plantation that boasts an actual working mill, historical features, and a cocoa and coffee farm overlooking the Pitons and the stunning town of Soufriere.
On the estate we walked through a small village with replicas of huts that are very similar to the ones people would have lived in hundreds of years ago. The walk through the gardens gave us an opportunity to see coconuts being de-husked and to have a fresh one too!
The fermentation, drying, and polishing process of the cocoa bean was not only enlightening but delicious! We tasted a cocoa bean right off the tree.
While we tried to remember some of the basic cassava bread making skills we just learned, we spent a little time admiring the sugar cane mill being operated by a mule.
Next on our list for the afternoon? – The Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. Now, this site we have seen before but it is always a good idea!
Once a working plantation producing limes and cocoa, among other things, the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is now a heritage site showcasing beautiful gardens, minerals baths and a stunning waterfall.
A day well spent at these two estates if I do say so myself.
– The Morne Coubaril Estate tour is about thirty minutes
– The tour costs US$10
– You can enjoy lunch onsite in the original plantation house
– Feeling adventurous? Zip-lining is also available
– Plan to spend at least an hour at the Botanical Gardens
– UYC Contributor Ingrid Wellington