St. Lucia

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A world within itself beautiful St Lucia lies at latitude 13 54’ north of the Equator and 60 50’ west. One of the Windward Islands, it is located in the middle of the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands and is approximately 21 miles south of Martinique and 90 miles northwest of Barbados. The main language in St Lucia is English although many St. Lucians also speak French and Spanish. Kwéyòl, St Lucia’s second language, is widely spoken by the St. Lucian people including all walks of life such as doctors, bankers, government ministers and the man on the street! Forests dominate the mountains, while jasmine, scarlet chenille and wild orchids provide splashes of colour to the lush green slopes. The two towering volcanic cones on the southwest coast, Gros Piton (797m) and Petit Piton (750m) are one of the Caribbean’s most famous landmarks. The volcanic origin of the island provides visitors with an opportunity to visit a “drive-in volcano” and take a dip in the reputedly therapeutic Sulphur springs.

Water Sports
With the sparkling Caribbean Sea on one side and the mysterious depths of the Atlantic Ocean on the other, sailors and fishermen will fall in love with St Lucia. Not only is it possible to charter any form of sea-going vessel anywhere on the island, but St Lucia also offers opportunities for some of the best deep sea fishing in the world. It is home to several species of big game fish and is often described as “an angler’s dream come true”!Close your eyes and imagine the crystal clear, warm waters. Picture the fine white sand beaches, lined with gently swaying palms. Where better to go windsurfing, sailing, para-sailing or water-skiing than St Lucia?Watersports are a way of life on this island, where a coastline of rain-forested mountains is frequently interrupted by natural harbors and bays. The island boasts some of the best underwater dive sites in the Caribbean. Many hotels offer scuba diving facilities and snorkeling equipment, as do a number of independent dive centers.Saint Lucia has also become one of the region’s main centers for yacht charters, with operations at the Rodney Bay Marina and at Marigot Harbor.

Island Diversity
Experience the truly St Lucian way of life, with a tour that takes you to a community in Babonneau called Fond Assau. There you will experience traditional practices such as preparation of cassava bread, cooking on macambou leaves, catching crayfish in the river, collecting honey from a beehive and the very authentic display of wood-sawing while in Chak Chak band plays traditional music in the background. Theres also the Castries Heritage Walk: The historic buildings of Castries come alive as well informed tour guides take you on a walk through the architectural history of an old colonial island city, whilst at the same time enjoying the spirit and life of the modern Caribbean. Pigeon Island contains more history than any other part of St Lucia. Once the home of the Amerindians it has been a pirate hideout and military base. Visit Fort Charlotte, now a college but once the site of some of the firecast fighting between the French and the British. Or view the Choiseul Heritage site, a village rich in history, crafts and offering spectacular views.

Activities
If your the sporty type there is never a shortage of things to do outdoors in Saint Lucia! Volleyball, basketball, and soccer games between staff and guests are available at most hotels. Those wishing to take a bike ride can rent a bike and see the island on two wheels. For spectators there is always a good game of cricket, soccer, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, long distance running race or swimming tournament happening somewhere on the island.

Visit Soufrier For A True Taste Of St. Lucia

Visit Soufrier For A True Taste Of St. Lucia

While many say that St. Lucia is as pretty to look at as any of the West Indian islands, it would be more accurate to say that the island offers more variety to look at. Among all the islands in the area, it perhaps stands as the one with the most for you to see. If you are going to truly experience St. Lucia, then you will want to make a stop in Soufrier.
The oldest settlement on the island of St. Lucia, Soufriere spent part of the 18th century as the French Capital. Its value was in its position along [...]