CHOISEUL, ST. LUCIA
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE from 1 to 5: 1
Balenbouche Estate is located 3 km south of Chouseul and easily accessible by any public bus on the Choiseul route to/from Vieux Fort. It is a beautiful 70 acre former sugar plantation and has been transformed into a Heritage Tourism Site, eco-lodge, and organic farm and can accommodate up to 14 guests. The plantation house is nearly 200 years old and holds great history within. One of the key attractions is the ruined sugar mill and processing buildings. They are some of the best preserved in all of St. Lucia and are very interesting.
Balenbouche hosts events such as weddings and yoga retreats year round. At Balenbouche you can really see what life was like in St. Lucia hundreds of years ago. There are also a few beaches on the property.
Balenbouche is beginning to host farmers and flee markets on Saturday mornings. These occur generally on the last Saturday of the month from 8am-12pm, but call to inquire in advance.
Phone number: 455-1244
For more information visit: http://www.balenbouche.com/
PEACE CORPS PROCEDURE:
-Call your APCD to inform them of your whereabouts if you are out of your community overnight, and again upon returning.
TAMERON EATON, EC 76
Balenbouche is a very beautiful former sugar plantation located right on the highway in Choiseul. Between the plantation house, sugar manufacturing ruins, beaches, and the manicured grounds, it is a must see. The estate holds a lot of history dating back to the Caribs and Arawaks and is owned and op erated by great people who love PCV’s. They offer PC rates if they aren’t booked, so if family is coming down give them a call and stay in one of their villas.
Aside from renting villas and giving tours, they also sell handmade jewelry made from local materials. We have discussed camping on the grounds but haven’t done it yet. All you would have to do is ask Uta, the manager.