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Maria Islands Nature Reserve

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Two tiny islands in the Atlantic Ocean off St. Lucia's southeastern coast make up the reserve, which has its own interpretive center. The 25-acre Maria Major and the 4-acre Maria Minor are inhabited by two rare species of reptiles: the colorful Zandoli Terre ground lizard and the harmless Kouwes grass snake. They share their home with frigate birds, terns, doves, and other wildlife. There's a small beach for swimming and snorkeling, as well as an undisturbed forest, a vertical cliff covered with cacti, and a coral reef for snorkeling or diving. The St. Lucia Trust offers tours, including a boat trip to the islands, by appointment only; bring your own picnic lunch, as there are no facilities.

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  • Address: Vieux Fort | Map It
  • Phone: 758/452–5005; 758/453–7656; 758/454–5014 for tour reservations
  • Cost: $35
  • Hours: Aug.–mid-May, Wed.–Sun. 9:30–5, by appointment only
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  • Location: Vieux Fort and the East Coast
Updated: 02-28-2014

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    Maria Islands Nature Reserve Review

    I stayed there a few years ago and really had a pleasant experience.

    by Zachery_Koby, 5/17/11

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