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.
Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
758-452–5005; 758-453–7656; 758-454–5014-for tour reservations
May 17, 2011
I stayed there a few years ago and really had a pleasant experience.