Biking in St. Lucia
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Although the terrain is pretty rugged, two tour operators have put together fascinating bicycle and combination bicycle-hiking tours that appeal to novice riders as well as those who enjoy a good workout. Prices range from $60 to $100 per person.
Bike St. Lucia. This company takes small groups of bikers on Jungle Biking tours along 8 miles of trails that meander through the remnants of the 18th-century plantation, part of the 600-acre Anse Chastanet estate in Soufrière. Stops are made to explore the French colonial ruins, study the beautiful tropical plants and fruit trees, have a picnic lunch, and take a dip in a river swimming hole or a swim at the beach. There's a training area for learning or brushing up on off-road riding skills. If you're staying in the north, you can arrange a tour that includes transportation to the Soufrière area. Anse Mamin Plantation, adjacent to Anse Chastanet, Soufrière. 758/459-2453. www.bikestlucia.com.
Palm Services Bike Tours. Tour participants first take a jeep or bus across the central mountains to Dennery, on the east coast. After cycling 3 mi (5 km) through the countryside, bikes are exchanged for shoe leather. The short hike into the rain forest ends with a cool drink and a refreshing swim next to a sparkling waterfall—then the return leg to Dennery. All gear is included, and the 4-hour tours are suitable for all fitness levels. Rodney Bay, Gros Islet. 758/458-0908. www.adventuretoursstlucia.com.
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