Fodor's Expert Review Maria Islands Nature Reserve

Vieux Fort and the East Coast Island

Two tiny islands in the Atlantic Ocean off Saint 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 National Trust offers tours, including a local fishing boat trip to the islands, by appointment only; bring your own picnic lunch, as there are no facilities.

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Vieux Fort, Vieux-Fort  Saint Lucia

758-454–5014-for tour reservations

slunatrust.org/sites/maria-island-nature-reserve

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Rate Includes: $35

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