Explore Saint Lucia
|St. Lucia possesses a topography and ecology of stunning beauty, matched by no other location in the Caribbean. The island's pride in its natural resources is evident in the country's ongoing protection and conservation efforts. In the mountainous interior lies the enormous National Rain Forest, and the island's protected coastal sights include the breathtaking, unforgettable spires of Les Pitons.|
|The Pitons: Located near Soufriere, these primeval twin peaks, topping 2,000 feet, are St. Lucia's most famous landmark. Only the most daring climbers have ventured an ascent to their summits, but they can be seen in all their glory from Mt. Gimie or from the decks of a boat offshore.
Mt. Gimie: at 3,117 feet, it is the highest point on St. Lucia. One of the best eye-filling views of this peak is to be had on emerging from the rain forest. Guided tours are conducted up the mountain.
|Rodney Bay: This marina, built in a large inland lagoon, is known as one of the better in the Caribbean. There you can find specialised sailing-shops and a boat-repair yard.|
|Gros Islet: This quiet fishing village undergoes a metamorphosis each Friday evening when a vast street dance party takes place. A not to be missed spectacle for those who want to experience the true St. Lucian atmosphere.|
|Castries, the capital: St. Lucia's bustling capital is home to several of St. Lucia's historical sights, like the La Toc Battery, and beautiful architecture, including the uniquely decorated Cathedral and the Central Library. There is excellent shopping in the town market and Bagshaws, where the art of silkscreening can be observed.|
|Choiseul: Midway between Soufriere and Vieux Fort on the southwest coast, this village is rich in history, crafts and spectacular views. It is home to a petroglyph carved centuries ago by the island's early inhabitants and Fort Citreon, where only a single cannon remains.|
|Vieux Fort: This small town has a Saturday market with a colourful fish seller at the small beach. It has some supermarkets, shops and banks. It is from here that the bananas are shipped. North of Vieux Fort there are long sandy beaches, however parts have been washed away.|
|Marigot Bay: Marigot Bay is deservedly one of the most beautiful locations of the island. With nature conservation in mind some smaller hotels have been built on the hills to harmonise with the picturesque green surroundings. Yachts shelter in this natural marina.|
|Canaries: A visit to these tiny fishing villages offer an interesting study of one of St. Lucia's main traditions, fishing in dug-out canoes.|
|Diamond Botanical Gardens: The botanical garden of the Diamond Estate offers lush greenery and many colourful flowers where tourists can stroll at ease. The rust brown coloured rocks of the beautiful waterfall surrounded by the tropical green are worth the visit.
Soufriere: Located in the south, it is the oldest town in St. Lucia, established by the French in 1746. Of particular note is its unusual marketplace, decorated with colourful murals and gingerbread trim.
Sulphur Springs: Now dormant, it is the world's only drive-in volcano. A tour of its bubbly, steamy sulphur springs offers a direct and fascinating lesson in the violent geology of the Caribbean Rim.
|Morne Coubaril Estate: An old plantation which has been transformed into an open-air museum. There, a guide explains how people used to work and live.|
|Pigeon Island: This protected National Park is of major archaeological and historical value. Walking through the ruins you can witness the turbulent times of the past. There is also a small museum, worth a visit. Fort Rodney is located on the smaller of the two hills. Climbing the hill you are rewarded with a broad view. In clear weather you can see the French neighbouring island of Martinique. Since 1970 the island has been connected to the mainland via a causeway. This also protects Rodney Bay and Reduit Beach.|
|Frigate Island Nature Reserve: This National Park is a protected area. After a hike of a kilometer through a rich vegetation including mangroves and yards high cacti you arrive at an observation post. From this place you overlook the Frigate islands, where during the summer the Frigate birds breed. Nearby, there is a small sandy beach where the waves of the sometimes tempestuous Atlantic Ocean roll onto the sand.|
|Maria Islands: Two small islands off the coast of Vieux Fort, the Maria Islands are a nature reserve and the refuge of two species found nowhere else in the world. The Kouwes Snake, noted as the world's rarest snake, and the Zandoli Te, a ground lizard whose males display a brilliant blue tail. Frigate Island is a haven for frigate birds during mating season.|