Being in Scotland this time of year, we dream of warmer climates. What better than a visit to the exotic Caribbean island of St Lucia.
St Lucia is located in the Windward Islands on the eastern side of the Caribbean Sea. The first settler to St Lucia arrived in the late 1550’s Jambe de Bois (Wooden Leg) a French pirate who used the island as a base to attack Spanish ships.
Then in 1626 the French staked there claim on the island and then the British in 1803. With the French settlements came the sugar plantations and now the Jalousie Plantation offers some of the finest accommodation at Sugar Beach.
The capital of Castries is a 1 hour drive from Hewanorra International Airport. Taxis are available in abundance to take you to your destination or are available by the day to take you sightseeing around the island. The shipping port is located directly in Castries. The easiest way to reach St Lucia is by direct flight from London, Canada or the States. Or why not travel in style with the journey being as much a part of the holiday as the ports of call, on a cruise.
A few of the major cruise lines sail from the states to the Caribbean islands, a great way to vacation and see many more destinations.
Things to do in St Lucia
Try the local and freshly made banana bread. Its delicious and even more so when still warm!
. The two volcanic mountains are covered in lush green vegetation. The larger of the two mountains is Gros Piton climbing to 771 metres and the smaller of the two is Petit Piton at 743 metres both are linked together by the Piton Milton Ridge. Located by the small fishing town of Soufriere, which used to be the capital before Castries while under French rule. Its also known as being one of the filming locations for Superman 2.
While in this area why not visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Soufriere Volcano to see the Sulphur Springs.
The Diamond Botanical Gardens are named after the Diamond Falls one of the natural wonders of Saint Lucia. The historic baths date back to 1784 are filled from the hot springs, the water is said to have medicinal properties. There are changing rooms and a café on site. A must see for nature lovers, with the abundance of tropical flowers and plants, a haven for birds and insects.
The Sulphur springs park is a host to the “World’s only drive in Volcano”. Walk through the park and see some of the hottest geothermal pools and after you can relax in the soothing sulphur springs. Visiting the Sulphur springs park is definitely one of the .
If you were a big fan of Dr Doolittle why not take a visit to Marigot Bay and see where some of the filming took place including Doolittle’s Restaurant and Bar.
Rodney Bay is host to beautiful resorts, activities and restaurants. While here at Rodney Bay don’t miss the opportunity to visit Pigeon Island. Once an Island but now accessible via a sandy causeway. Walk through the ghostly remnants of Pigeon Islands past with its stone buildings and the fort located at the top of Rodney Hill offering incredible vista views.
Other things to do in St Lucia include horse riding, golf, snorkelling and scuba diving other water sports including windsurfing and there are also rainforest and jungle tours.
Carnival & Jazz Festival which takes place next year in April 30th – May 10th has attracted artists such as Santana, UB40, Mary J Blige, Luther Vandross and many more.
Duty free shopping in the Caribbean Islands are in abundance and the island of St Lucia is no different. Duty free shopping can be found at La Place Carenage, Pointe Seraphine or J.Q. Mall in Rodney Bay. Please beware you need both your airline ticket and identification to make purchases.
St Lucia can be visited all year round. High season and the driest months are from mid November till March.
A great way to explore the 27 mile long and maximum width island is to hire a car. Take a leisurely drive around the island stopping at some of the most picturesque scenery and sights.
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