Fodor's Expert Review Morne Coubaril Historical Adventure Park

Soufriere and the West Coast Farm/Ranch Fodor's Choice

On the site of an 18th-century estate, a 250-acre land grant in 1713 by Louis XIV of France, the original plantation house has been rebuilt and a farmworkers' village has been re-created. Both do a good job of showing what life was like for both the owners (a single family owned the land until 1960) and those who did all the hard labor over the centuries producing cotton, coffee, sugarcane, and cocoa. Cocoa, coffee, coconuts, manioc, and tropical fruits are still grown on the estate using traditional agricultural methods. On the 45-minute Historical Estate Tour, guides show how coconuts are opened and roasted for use as oil and animal feed and how cocoa is fermented, dried, crushed by dancing on the beans, and finally formed into chocolate sticks. Manioc roots (also called cassava) are grated, squeezed of excess water, dried, and turned into flour used for baking. The grounds are lovely for walking or hiking, and the views of mountains and Soufrière Bay are spellbinding. More adventurous... READ MORE

On the site of an 18th-century estate, a 250-acre land grant in 1713 by Louis XIV of France, the original plantation house has been rebuilt and a farmworkers' village has been re-created. Both do a good job of showing what life was like for both the owners (a single family owned the land until 1960) and those who did all the hard labor over the centuries producing cotton, coffee, sugarcane, and cocoa. Cocoa, coffee, coconuts, manioc, and tropical fruits are still grown on the estate using traditional agricultural methods. On the 45-minute Historical Estate Tour, guides show how coconuts are opened and roasted for use as oil and animal feed and how cocoa is fermented, dried, crushed by dancing on the beans, and finally formed into chocolate sticks. Manioc roots (also called cassava) are grated, squeezed of excess water, dried, and turned into flour used for baking. The grounds are lovely for walking or hiking, and the views of mountains and Soufrière Bay are spellbinding. More adventurous visitors will enjoy ziplining past Petit Piton and through the adjacent rain forest—or a two-hour horseback ride on a trail to the beach.

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Quick Facts

West Coast Rd.
Soufrière, Soufrière  Saint Lucia

758-459–7340

www.mornecoubarilestate.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $11 estate tour, $75 zipline, $120 horseback ride

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