Fond Doux Estate

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Not far from Soufriere is a 250-acre estate that gives you a peek into the plantation world that dominated St. Lucia for centuries. Before the days of tourism, St. Lucia relied on manufacturing sugar cane, coconuts and cocoa beans.

At the Fond Doux Estate, a tour guide greets you in period costume and takes you around the property. See big screens of cocoa beans roasting in the sun next to gigantic pots and watch staffers roll and mash beans with their feet, turning them into a paste.

Fond Doux Estate is also one of the few places where you can rent a renovated plantation cottage (check out the "Treehouse") and sleep in the middle of a UNESCO site.

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