St. Lucia Sights

Fond Doux Estate

  • Vieux Fort Rd. Map It
  • Château Belair
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 02/15/2017

Fodor's Review

One of the earliest French estates established by land grants (1745 and 1763), this plantation still produces cocoa, citrus, bananas, coconut, and vegetables on 135 hilly acres. The restored 1864 plantation house is still in use as well. A 30-minute walking tour begins at the cocoa fermentary, where you can see the drying process. You then follow a trail through the cultivated area, where a guide points out various fruit- or spice-bearing trees and tropical flowers. Additional trails lead to old military ruins, a religious shrine, and a vantage point for viewing the spectacular Pitons. Cool drinks and a creole buffet lunch are served at the Cocoa Pod restaurant. Souvenirs, including just-made chocolate sticks, are sold at the boutique.

Sight Information

Address:

Vieux Fort Rd., Château Belair, Soufrière, St. Lucia

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Phone:

758-459–7545

Sight Details:

  • $30, including lunch; free to resort guests

Published 02/15/2017

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