Latitude 13 46 N / Longitude 61 03 W On the southwest coast there is another little village rich in history craft and spectacular vistas. Choiseul showcases ancient petroglyphs carved centuries ago by the island s Amerindian inhabitants. At Fort Citreon there remains all but a single cannon; remnants of the forces that followed.< --more--> One of the most popular sites in the area in Balenbouche Estate: Between Choiseul and Laborie is a 75 acre estate featuring a 200-year-old wooden plantation house in its original state with verandah and wooden shutters. Created as a cotton plantation in the early 1700s the estate switched to sugar in 1780 when machinery was imported from England to create a water-powered sugar factory now in ruins. Balenbouche is French for bullet in the mouth and alludes to a legend of a duel fought here between two sailors over the hand of a woman. Of course the other story is that the name derives from whale plus mouth and may refer to the days when these mammals gathered at the mouth of a local river. The estate now functions as a guest house. < -- p.p1 margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; line-height: 12.1px; font: 10.0px Myriad Pro; color: 221e1f p.p2 margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; line-height: 14.1px; font: 14.0px Myriad Pro; color: d22229 p.p3 margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; line-height: 14.1px; font: 10.0px Myriad Pro; color: 221e1f p.p4 margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; line-height: 10.1px; font: 10.0px Myriad Pro; color: 221e1f -->Choiseul was originally known as Anse Citron because of the large number of lime trees grown here particularly near the Choiseul Village.
Choiseul sites to see & visit
Anse l Ivrogne Beach Also known as the Black Hole because of the underwater drop of 600 meters this infamous beach is located at the foot of Gros Piton. The beach is regarded as one of the best sites for scuba diving in Saint Lucia. Balenbouche Estate Owner Uta Lawaetz walks you through her unique property imparting the history and hardships endured in keeping the land. Throughout time land has been seized from non-natives living in Saint Lucia. What was once a 2000 acre sugar plantation and mill is now a modest 70 acre eco-lodge/organic farm and an honored Saint Lucia heritage site. The unique property is a favorite yoga retreat and lodging for guests desiring seclusion in a wildly natural setting. 4 guest villas are available. Pon George Devil s Bridge Legend has it that the Devil wanted the soul of the first living thing to cross the bridge so a cunning local sent a dog across to trick him. Upon crossing the bridge spanning a 60m deep ravine in the River Dor e area the dog is said to have disappeared into thin air. Locals also claim that the ravine is bottomless. Sab Weesha Beach Park A beautiful black sand beach just north of the quaint town of Choiseul with a lush palm trees covered areas nearby idyllic for picnics. Spectacular views of Gros Piton as well as views of the neighboring island of Saint Vincent are afforded.