St. Helena is one of the most isolated islands in the world, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This country got its claim for fame by housing Napoleon during his exile until his death. You can visit this historical site, named the Longwood house, which is now used solely as a museum. Another place to be educated on the island’s history would be the Museum of St. Helena. For those who want a more energetic experience, Jacobs Ladder is the workout for you. This towering set of stairs counts up to 699 steps without any rest stops that leads from the main settlement of Jamestown to the hill outside. If you can defeat this trek, you shall be rewarded by a visit to the Heartshaped Waterfall. Next, a swim in Lot’s Wife’s Ponds will cool you off. These large natural tide pools hold the best swimming spots on the island. With its stunning scenery and fascinating natural history, this remote island awaits your visit.
St Helena is a remarkable gem in the middle of the Atlantic with a fascinating history. Its most famous resident was Napoleon Bonaparte who was transferred here by the British in 1815. In order to minimise the risk of his escape, numerous troops were garrisoned here and this has left the island with many points of interest. Longwood House is where Napoleon lived for most of his time on the island before his death, a simple residence which can be visited on appointment.
There are a few hotels on the island but one of the best ways to enjoy Saint Helena is to rent a room from a local in their private house; they may also be able to help with finding interesting things to see and do.
The terrain of the island is rugged and dominated by the central highlands, a series of mountainous peaks with Diana’s Peak being the tallest. Walking in the central highlands is very popular and is a fascinating way to see the island.
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